Aloha shoppers! Taste of Ric’s is Saturday, June 1

The Rockford Ric’s Food Center Store Director David Brickner said his store is buzzing with anticipation for the Taste of Ric’s event to be held this Saturday, June 1 from noon to 3 p.m. For those that have yet to visit a Taste of Ric’s at the store located at 6767 Belding Road, this is […]

Robinettes shines at cider contest

Robinette’s recently competed in the 7th Annual Great Lakes Cider & Perry Competition, sponsored by the Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association (  The competition was held March 23rd and 24th in Grand Rapids, Mich., from which Robinette’s brought home 4 different medals. At the competition the Barzilla’s Brew Hard Cider received a bronze, the […]

Uccello’s Restaurant in negotiations to buy Sam’s Joint

An artists rendering of the proposed façade of Sam’s Joint restaurant after purchase by Uccello’s.

Restaurant seeks to separate ground floor from upper levels   Uccello’s Restaurant is working to purchase the restaurant portion of the Sam’s Joint building on Main Street in downtown Rockford. According to a report by City Manager Michael Young, Uccello’s would like to change the eatery into one of their traditional sports bars. Uccello’s has […]

Local businessman wants to feed the town of Rockford for free

Visit “Fatzo” and the Mrs. for Italian fare at Rockford’s newest restaurant. The doors opened Friday, September 7 at the corner of East Main and Northland Drive.

by BETH ALTENA In a way, buying their own restaurant was like an anniversary present for Debbie and Douglas Ryke. The couple celebrated their fifteenth anniversary the day after they opened the doors of Fatzo’s Pizza. In a way, it was like a whole new marriage. “The restaurant is our life now,” said Debbie of […]

Rockford’s ACE high royal flush BBQ boot camp

“Grillin’ Guy” Bob Nurmikko displays a perfect Grist Mill brisket supplied by Canonsburg’s Don Kurylowicz. Let the grillin’ class begin!	Photo by STACY NEIDZWIECKI,

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL “It was awesome”, said Rockford master plumber Blaine Kellermeier after the second of two summer grilling seminars, complete with sit-down dinners, which were hosted by Pete Kruer of Rockford’s ACE Hardware. “I consider myself a fairly accomplished backyard griller,” continued Kellermeier, “but I’ve managed to learn something new while attending […]