Jen Tillou - Executive Chef
Steph Banks - Chef de Cuisine
Andrew Bachmann - Sous Chef
Pete Mera - Mixologist/Sommelier/Barkeep
Denise Henry - Mixologist/Sommelier/Barkeep
Jenna McPhillips - Mixologist/Sommelier/Barkeep
Melanie Tack - Manager
Verity Graham - Lead 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:
Please stop in soon for some food and hygge. The home fires are burning, and everybody has a place at our table.
Emily Hurd Christensen & Mark Christensen