A couple of weeks back, Joe Dredge and I were discussing businesses and restaurants in and around Rockford that while no longer here, still hold a fond place in our memories. A bunch of callers weighed in on some of their "gone but not forgotten" favorites, too.

Let's get started with a partial list of the places we thought of, or were brought up by audience members. Some places have been gone a short while, others have been gone a long time:


  • Insurance Liquidators
  • Union Hall
  • DJ Stewart & Co.
  • Robert Hall Clothes
  • Nylint (I still have a couple of trucks from my childhood!)
  • The Giant Store
  • Venture
  • Owens
  • Media Play
  • Ardan Jewelry
  • Goldblatt's
  • The Ace of Diamonds
  • Chas. V. Weise
  • Hanley Furniture
  • Rockford Standard Furniture

Restaurants and Bars:

  • Maria's
  • Maggie's Pub
  • Hollywood
  • The Pink Pony
  • Jungle Jim's
  • The North Main Tap
  • The A-Frame
  • Geri's Burgers
  • Lums
  • Rocky Rococo
  • Mr. Steak
  • Henrici's
  • The Quark
  • Bellamy's
  • Godfather's Pizza
  • Shakey's Pizza
  • The Bombay Bicycle Club
  • The Grotto
  • The Top Hat
  • Bishop's Buffet
  • The Last Straw

I'm sure that after looking at these lists, you've come up with a few yourself. Let us know!

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