Pearl Bistro to hold grand re-opening Oct. 16

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Pearl Bistro, 6876 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, will hold a grand re-opening Wednesday, Oct. 16, to introduce its enhanced menu and dining area.

Pearl’s new menu will be a fusion of customer favorites and new northern Italian modern-inspired appetizers, main dishes, wood-fired pizzas and desserts. The grand re-opening will also introduce patrons to the bistro’s newly redesigned dining room and recently added video gaming room.

Co-owner Cherri Rittenhouse-Schwaiger said: “We decided to celebrate the five-year anniversary of Pearl with a new menu and a fresh look. Several of our guests requested booth seating, so in order to accommodate that, we decided to redesign our main dining room with soft banquette seating, a private booth that can seat up to 10 guests, new artwork and espresso-toned wooden chairs and walls to create a cozy, comfortable dining room to complement our new northern Italian menu.”

Pearl Bistro’s co-owner and executive chef, Josef Schwaiger, was born in Austria and began his culinary career on the border of northern Italy at the age of 15. Josef’s extensive background in northern Italian cooking is the influence for the bistro’s new menu featuring items such as Mussels Pomodoro, Tuscan White Bean Soup, Osso Buco and Chicken Piccata Milanese. Josef has been infusing the Pearl Specials menu with northern Italian favorites for the last six months, and after receiving an overwhelming positive response, has decided to redesign the menu with northern Italian flair.

The response to my Italian-inspired dishes and fresh pastas has been great, so we decided to launch a new menu to focus on northern Italy, while still keeping our bar menu favorites,” Josef said. “Fresh pastas, pestos, char-grilled steaks and chops florentine highlight the menu, and desserts like Amaretto Cheesecake and Limoncello Crème Brûlée add a sweet finishing touch. We know our regulars and new guests alike are going to love our new look and menu.”

The grand re-opening will be at Pearl Bistro from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16. The event will include a five-year anniversary $5 menu featuring $5 pizzas, appetizers, pasta bowls, drinks and desserts. Pearl’s bar will offer several drink specials for the event, including a $5 Negroni Martini, the signature classic Italian cocktail, a $5 Bellinis, the famous drink invented at Harry’s Bar in Venice, chianti classico, pinot grigio and Peroni beer.

Pearl’s business hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Friday and Saturday, and closed Sunday. The bistro will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 14 and 15, in preparation for the re-opening.

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Posted Oct. 9, 2013

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