This rooftop bar and restaurant just shut down weeks before summer.

Some big news was popping off on social media late Tuesday night in Rockford, 212 Grindhouse officially closed.

Amidst the comments of 'oh no!' and 'just before summer!' there were plenty of Stateline foodies commenting that they hadn't had a chance to go there yet.

If you don't know the backstory, I'll break it down for you.

In 2017, Taco Betty's opened in that location. Downtown Rockford was thriving, or at least was thriving in comparison to how it had been doing in the early 2000s, and it was a hot spot for tacos and margaritas especially on the roof, where there was a feature menu and a ton of cocktails.

During the beginning of the Pandemic, like all restaurants, Taco Betty's took a hit and had to close for some time but it seemed like things were looking up in 2021.

Last summer, it sure looked like Taco Betty's was doing pretty well, it was always packed on Friday afternoon and night during Rockford City Market and when the weather was warm that rooftop was the place to be.

In the fall of 2021, the restaurant made a pretty quick flip. In what seemed like a few weeks, the signature taco was removed from the side of the building and replaced with a burger, enter: 212 Grindhouse.

Like many social media followers, I never made it to 212, but with summer just on the horizon I imagined I would be visiting soon.

So far we're only learning that the restaurant is closed, with the assumption that there are no plans to open something else in the near future, but fingers crossed that changes soon!

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