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The Norwegian in Rockford opens back up for diners

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — "Hygge" is a Norwegian word that describes a positive feeling of coziness and comfort. Emily Hurd hopes you feel all that and more every time you dine at her Rockford restaurant, The Norwegian.

"We opened a place where you can sit shoulder to shoulder and have a one-of-a-kind experience," says Hurd. "In my mission statement I wrote 'A welcoming place that feels like home where people feel like they can stay for hours'."

For the time being, diners at The Norwegian won't be shoulder to shoulder. Instead, socially distanced.

"I'm hoping that a couple pieces of cloth over our faces and couple extra feet won't wreck that feeling so much," adds Hurd.

The west side favorite is welcoming customers back to dine both inside with limited seating and outside. Hurd wants customers to expect some changes.

"We aren't opening with our full menu, we're opening with a third of the menu. Those things you love so much will come back, but give us a couple a weeks."

Hurd and her staff have worked hard to adapt to new safety regulations. While it may not be the typical dining experience you're used to, she's hopeful people will be patient.

"I just think we all need to exercise and understanding. We're going to do the best on our end to keep everybody safe, keep our employees working, and keep trying to make a difference on the west side. Hope people are really understanding of that."

While the menu will be smaller to start out, The Norwegian is offering something new it's first weekend. A rainbow mimosa flight in honor of Pride Month.

Mary Sugden

Mary Sugden is the Investigative Reporter at WREX. She joined the team in December 2014 as the evening producer. In 2015 she made the move to evening reporter before joining the 13 Investigates team in May of 2018.

She grew up in Woodstock, Illinois and graduated from Woodstock High School in 2009. Mary graduated with a degree in Journalism and Marketing from Loyola University Chicago in 2013.

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