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Acres Bistro fuses creativity and locally sourced ingredients for a new experience in Rochelle

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ROCHELLE (WREX) — Farm-to-table dining is trend growing across the country and right here in the Stateline. Bringing together local ingredients, growers and flavors is what Acres Bistro is all about.

"Nothing is out of a box, out of a bag, nothing is frozen," says owner Teresa Petry.

The restaurant is attached to The Artists' Garden, a home-décor shop and painting studio that Petry opened in 2018. She says the back half of the building and the basement were sitting empty, so she wanted to do something with the space.

"One idea after another, and this is one that you put down on a napkin that we followed through," says Petry.

"I had always wanted to open a restaurant that things were connected, bringing all of it together. Where you could paint, shop, come in have a nice dinner, a nice lunch."

That meshing or creativity is something Petry says its unique to the restaurant and Rochelle.

"There's nothing else like this around here, and that's why I wanted to do it," says Petry.

Acres Bistro officially opened at the tail-end of 2020, after nearly a year of construction. Her vision: local fare for local folks with a dash of eclectic fun.

"I think that all of my life experiences have brought me to this," says Petry.

"Like there is a little bit of me in everything in here. I grew up being creative and going to markets, but I also come from a family of farmers. We're fourth generation farmers and Rochelle has always been important to me, supporting local, and this brings it all together."

You can stop in for brunch on a Sunday for cocktails made with local spirits from Kennay Farms Distillery. If you grab a sandwich for lunch, expect locally made cheese. For dinner, the vegetables and meat are coming from growers in the Stateline.

"This is my dream, this is what I want to do," says Petry.

Acres Bistro is open from curbside pick-up, carryout and indoor dining. You can go Tuesday-Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for lunch and dinner. Then from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sundays for brunch.

"I want to have people to come in and enjoy creativity," says Petry. "Come down and see what we did. It really is unique."

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Maggie Polsean

Maggie Polsean is an anchor for 13 News Today. Born and raised in Rockford, she is excited to be back home working for the station she grew up watching. Maggie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Christian Life high school in Rockford.

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