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A Place of her own: Bartender turned business owner serves up homestyle cooking at new diner

After 13 years tending bar a few doors west at Corner Tap, Jane Sutton now has her own place, Jane’s Place, at 110 W. Second St. in Rock Falls. “One day I just said 'I’m going to do it,'” she said. "We’ve made it work, and we’re going to make it successful.”
After 13 years tending bar a few doors west at Corner Tap, Jane Sutton now has her own place, Jane’s Place, at 110 W. Second St. in Rock Falls. “One day I just said 'I’m going to do it,'” she said. "We’ve made it work, and we’re going to make it successful.”

ROCK FALLS – Jane Sutton’s gone solo, but she has plenty of those near and dear to her to help her on her new adventure.

After 13 years tending bar a few doors west at Corner Tap, Sutton now has her own bar and restaurant, Jane’s Place, at 110 W. Second St.

Cooking and good food long have been a staple in the Sutton family, and Jane has wanted to open a restaurant of her own for a while. When she found a vacant storefront close by, she seized the opportunity.

“One day I just said ‘I’m going to do it. I can do this. We can make this work.’ We’ve made it work, and we’re going to make it successful.”

Although the restaurant has Jane’s name on it, her family is just as involved.

Jane does most of the cooking, and her husband, Dale, and sons, Al and Dale Jr., also work there, while daughter Kerene Tilton handles the Facebook page from her home in South Elgin. Jane’s friend, Deb Orlowski, also is on the staff. 

Operating the place as a family has helped things run smoothly, with few issues or surprises, Al said.

“We know how each other all are, so it’s pretty easy to work things out real quick,” he said. “We don’t have to worry about anything festering, we’ll get it done and over with right away.”

Some of Jane’s specials come from recipes that have been in the family for generations.

Her spaghetti, for instance, is made the way her father, Harry “Chub” Collier, made it.

“He was a great cook,” Jane said. “About anything and everything he would cook, spaghetti, and sauce; everything was from scratch. The longer it cooks, the better.”

The bar at Jane’s Place was the first part of the restaurant to open, on Dec. 21, and now offers video gambling.

The grill opened 5 days later.

Some of the specials are themed, such as Gravy Thursdays, with plates featuring a gravy burger or meatloaf smothered in gravy, with vegetables on the side. Fridays and Sundays feature Mexican dishes, such as tacos, tostadas and loaded nachos. 

Otherwise, the main menu ranges from burgers to pizza, shrimp, BLTs and hot dogs.

Jane’s Place is spacious and “homey,” she said.

“We’re here to please, and we’re doing it.”

MORE INFO

Jane’s Place, 110 W. Second St., Rock Falls, is open from 7 to 1 a.m. daily; the grill is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Call 815-716-8062 or find Jane's Place on Facebook for more information.

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