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: 


Emily Hurd