We are a small crew of people operating a brunch pub and live music venue in Rockford, IL. We hope you'll visit. Skål!
Jen Tillou - Executive Chef
Greg Callahan - Manager
Steph Banks - Chef de Cuisine
Andrew Bachmann - Sous Chef
Dom Romano - Flour Boxer
Cam Bejarano - Grill
Phi Bach - Tournant
Alex Smith - Prep Manager/ Event Chef
Rebecca Coffin - Pastry Chef/Test Kitchen
Pete Mera - Bar Manager
Denise Henry - Mixologist/Sommelier/Barkeep
Bennett Freeze - Barista Manager
Melanie Tack - Assistant Manager
Verity Graham - Lead Server
Cindy Karnitz - Server/ Event Chef
Taylor Hopkins - Server
Sahand Nuhivand - Server
Gianna Storm - Server
Joan Hurd - Owner, Resident Soup Expert
Mark Christensen - Owner, Dishwasher in Training
Emily Hurd Christensen - Owner, Booking
Our building at 1402 N. Main Street has been a part of the Rockford landscape since 1930. It has housed everything from grocery stores to cigarette bodegas, doctors' offices to optical centers.
When we bought the building in 2015, the roof was collapsing, the windows were shattered, and the floors upstairs were covered in asbestos tiles and tar. The downstairs needed all new mechanicals and an aesthetic facelift.
A Kickstarter campaign was launched. In 2 months, the community raised more than $100,000. The building was slowly brought back to life. Asbestos was removed. A new roof was added. Windows, doors, and electrical systems were replaced. And the original hardwood floors were unearthed and refinished. The upstairs became artist lofts, and the main floor became The Norwegian.
We wouldn’t be in business today without our community. To you, the wonderfully supportive people of Rockford, we say: