Another local dining spot will soon no longer exist. Another dream succumbs to our changing economy.

After serving Rockford and the surrounding area for more than five years, a tasty spot just off Perryville Road is closing.

The closing date is coming up quick, but you'll have the opportunity to stop in and use any gift cards that you may have.

Google Maps
Google Maps

Baci's Kitchen, located at 2990 N. Perryville Road in Rockford will be closing

Baci's owner, Nikko Castrogiovanni, had to make a tough decision, one that many business owners around the 815 have had to ask themselves in the middle of sleepless nights.

Can we survive the Covid pandemic any longer?

  • Too many rules and covid-related restrictions put on business owners and customers
  • More and more people not wanting to go out an eat anymore
  • Food costs going up
  • Minimum wage going up

It all leads to a 'perfect' storm hell-bent on crushing dreams.

WROK 1440 AM / 96.1 FM logo
Get our free mobile app

"If I was to go another 3 to 5 years, are we still dealing with all of this, it is going to get worse, is it worth it," Castrogiovanni says. "I think I'm making a smart move by just saying let's move on and everybody stay healthy."

attachment-Screen Shot 2022-01-06 at 2.34.22 PM

The crew at Baci's Kitchen now begins to navigate their way through what is likely to be the absolute worst month of their lives.

Baci's last day will be Saturday, February 6, according to The date was chosen to give staff a chance to find a new job and also to allow those with gift cards to stop in and redeem them.

The list of places we wish would make a comeback just grew by one,

37 Rockford Stores & Restaurants We Want to See Make a Comeback

The 25 Very Best Small-Town Illinois Restaurants

Looking for a great meal at a small-town restaurant in Illinois? Here are 25 of the very best. 

More From WROK 1440 AM / 96.1 FM