What’s Local: Beach House Bistro finds home in south Rockford

June 2, 2010

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

With 38 years in the restaurant business, Davey Lockett, owner of Beach House Bistro, aims to be the place in the city for a Friday and Saturday fish fry.

Lockett, who owned Davey’s Riverside Inn in Winslow, Ill., for 15 years, returned to Rockford two years ago as one of the head chefs at Hope & Anchor (former Mayflower, Firefly). His current venture, at 3910 11th St., offers full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.

“Quality and quantity at a reasonable price,” Lockett said of the Beach House menu.

In addition to the weekend fish fry selections, Beach House Bistro offers nightly featured items such as barbecued ribs, prime rib, Mexican fiesta dishes and a selection of Italian fare.

Between Foxy’s Lounge and the 11th Street Howard Johnson hotel, Lockett’s eatery is at the former location of Four Seasons Restaurant. While other restaurateurs are opening in other areas of the city, Lockett said the Beach House location is one he’s happy with.

“I’d like to make a name for myself on this side of town,” Lockett added. “Many people are going with Western themes over here.”

The beach theme was decided upon as staff was preparing to open earlier this year.

A new menu also is in the works. What Lockett is calling “Big Kahuna” sandwiches and specials will be improvements to the already popular hot and cold sandwich selections and specialty burgers.

Lockett also owned the popular Winslow 2 in Savannah, Ill., Copperfield Inn and Davey’s Countryside Inn in his almost-40-year career.

Beach House Bistro is open 5 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Saturday; and 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday. Staff can be reached at (815) 391-7699.

To recommend a local business to be featured in this column, e-mail Jim Hagerty at jim.hagerty@rockrivertimes.com with “What’s Local” in the subject line. Or, contact The Rock River Times’ office at (815) 964-9767.

From the June 2-8, 2010 issue

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