The Olympic Tavern celebrates 70 year anniversary

Staff Reportwoody wagen

The Olympic Tavern is celebrating their 70th year in business at Fulton and Main streets this weekend.

The Olympic Tavern was founded by Anthony Rotello, a US Marine who returned home to start a business with his wife, Lee.

Anthony’s son Tom took over the business after Anthony’s passing, and through several renovations, grew the small pub into a full service restaurant.

Tom’s son Zak joined the staff in 2005 and has built the bar program into a Northern Illinois beer destination.

Friday’s celebrating begins begins with a pig roast from Eickmann’s. Deschutes’ Brewery and their Woody Wagon arrive at around 5 p.m. serving Deschutes beer.

A bag toss tournament will begin at 7 p.m., and live music will be provided later in the evening by Rockford’s own Mana Kintorso.

The party continues Saturday with a tapping party including some extremely rare draughts including Goose Island Dominique (2011), Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine (2013) and Founders Blushing Monk (2015).

“The staff at The Olympic Tavern would like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to our friends and neighbors for all their support and patronage over the last 70 years,” said Zak Rotello.

“We’re happy to be part of Rockford’s North End neighborhood for 70 years. We’re lucky to have such great neighbors in this part of the community.

“We feel extremely lucky and gracious to be one of Rockford’s most long-lasting family-owned businesses.  We hope you’ll join us in raising our glasses high this weekend and saying ‘Cheers to the next 70!'”


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