Magpie one step closer to reopening in downtown Rockford after delays


Stephanie Caltagerone’s dreams went up in flames the day a fire broke out at the Hanley building next to her restaurant. Magpie had been there since 2015.

But now, the popular eatery will call a two-level building at 216 North Madison Street it’s new home.

“The moment we all walked in, we just said ‘Ok, we’re done. This is it.’,” said Caltagerone. “It’s an 1890s blacksmith shop. If you look around you can still see the iron rings on the walls to tie the horses to. It’s in national historic district and it backs up to city market pavilion.”

The limestone lined building has a ways to go before it becomes the Magpie many knew and loved. Caltagerone says the construction process is taking longer than she expected and attaining permits became a six-week process as she went back and forth with the city.

“Three years ago when I was building out my former location the process took a week,” said Caltagerone.

Despite the hardships she’s gone through to get the building permits, Caltagerone says she’s determined to open her restaurant’s doors again.

“It’s what we love, and people loved us. It was probably the most rewarding thing I’ve done as a career for sure.”

Unlike it’s old location, the Madison Street building will have street parking and a small lot outside the front door. Caltagerone says while the first restaurant holds many memories, she’s excited about Magpie’s next chapter.

“I can’t wait to open up here and have the new market two doors away,” said Caltagerone. “Just the energy of having more people on the street, I think is going to be amazing.”

Caltagerone hopes to reopen Magpie by January.

A GoFundMe page is available for anyone interested in donating towards the reopening.

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