• Rockford City Market Comes With an Incubator Kitchen

     
    POSTED April 15, 2020
     
  • Rockford City Market Comes With an Incubator Kitchen

     
    POSTED April 15, 2020
     
  • Rockford City Market Comes With an Incubator Kitchen

     
    POSTED April 15, 2020
     

The home of Rockford’s new entrepreneurial event space may date back to the 1920s, but Rockford City Market is primed to showcase future creatives and makers of all kinds.

Comprised of a food hall featuring Crust & Crumbles, Quixotic Bakery, Velvet Robot Coffee Lab and Ronit’s Kitchen (all vendors that got their starts at outdoor markets), the market also features a state-of-the-art incubator kitchen that’s primarily rented to entrepreneurs looking to start their own food truck or restaurant. It can also be rented for private events as a designated catering kitchen, along with three rentable spaces available for private events as well as public events, ranging from farmers markets and yoga classes to live music showcases, wellness expos and whiskey tastings.

The market’s 3,214-square-foot lower-level Market Hall, which features industrial cement floors and the land- mark building’s original limestone, can accommodate up to 175 guests seated or 225 standing. Its 18,360-square-foot Outdoor Pavilion can accommodate a scaling capacity based on event type, while the 3,364-square-foot Bowtruss Room, complete with exposed brick and wooden beams, can accommodate up to 225 seated or 300 standing.

“Our building’s been around since 1921, where it began as one of the first  Harley  Davidson  dealerships, so we’ve tried to  keep as many of the building’s original features as possible,” says Rockford City Market Event Coordinator Becca Bartels. “The Bowtruss Room has an amazing arched ceiling that utilizes a lot of the original wood beams and we’ve installed two garage doors in our Market Hall space, paying homage to the building’s past. It’s a really great space that definitely captures historic downtown Rockford.”

While the market is already popular for fundraisers, weddings, galas, corporate meetings and workshops, “our space is flexible, so we’re able to cater to exact needs depending on desired look and layout,” Bartels says.

For more than 300 years, ranching has been a way of life—and business—in Texas. The uniquely Texan ranch experience has captured the imagination of the world, and ranches have served as uncredited “stars” for some of Hollywood’s most iconic productions: from Reata, the fictitious ranch depicted in the classic movie “Giant,” to the glamorous Southfork Ranch, home of the primetime soap opera “Dallas.” Longhorns, horses, cowboys, rodeos, 10-gallon hats and cowboy boots: There is an alluring mystique surrounding Texas ranches.

 

In November, Dallas-based Todd Interests opened Thompson Dallas, part of hospitality brand Thompson Hotels. Thompson Dallas features 219 rooms, including 52 suites, two penthouse suites, and two culinary destinations.

 

After a year filled with uncertainty and countless projects and proposals put on hold, growth in any sector of the hospitality industry is always welcome news. But a statewide slew of brand-new hotels? That’s something to celebrate. Here, we spotlight just a few of the new properties offering planners and guests new spots to meet, refresh and recharge.