Stockholm Inn to be honored by Illinois Office of Tourism

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Rockford eatery Stockholm Inn will be honored by the Illinois Office of Tourism for its 46 years in business during a presentation at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, at the restaurant.

According to a press release from the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau: “The Illinois Office of Tourism and the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau are pleased to present Stockholm Inn with an award that celebrates 46 years of patronage and serving visitors and locals alike. They provide delicious offerings with high-quality customer service. Please join us to celebrate Stockholm Inn and their achievements as a successful local establishment in the Rockford Region.”

The cover of Stockholm Inn’s menu shares the history of the restaurant, as follows:

The Stockholm Inn was first established as the Brad Lynn restaurant, founded by Alf Carlson in the late 1940s. It was named after his son, Brad, and daughter, Lynn. The family continued to operate the business until 1964. After that, the space served as short-term restaurants until Gus and Maxine Peterson bought the business from a bankruptcy for $11,000. The Stockholm Inn was founded on June 24, 1968, at its original location of 1422 20th St. The business continued with the sale to Vera and Jim Osborne on March 14, 1970. After seven years, stewardship of the business was passed to John and Elayne Bilka on Jan. 1, 1976. The business, under the Bilkas’ guidance and direction, continued to thrive and prosper at the corner of Broadway and 20th Street. Because of continued growth, in March of 1996, the business moved to the current location, thereby doubling the seating capacity.

After over 25 years of dedication and service to the community, the Bilkas elected to retire and sell the restaurant to a local group of investors, collectively known as ‘The Lingonberry Group.’ The reason behind the purchase is reflected in the current mission statement: ‘to consistently provide the best quality food at an affordable price, combined with the highest levels of customer service, in keeping with the traditions for which the Stockholm Inn has become known.’ it is our intention to maintain the Stockholm Inn as a local institution and we will make every effort to assure your dining satisfaction. We wish to express our gratitude for your continued patronage and support.”

Stockholm Inn is inside Rockford Plaza Shopping Center, 2420 Charles St., Rockford. Hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday (breakfast only).

Learn more about Stockholm Inn at or by calling the restaurant at (815) 397-3534.

Posted Nov. 20, 2014

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