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BUSINESS NOTEBOOK_Drink, eat and be merry: Rock Falls bar changes owners; new establishments pop up in Sterling, Oregon, Morrison

ROCK FALLS – It's all theirs.

After 2 years, Bartini’s is completely in the hands of Kim and Mike Kilday.

They have operated the bar at 205 W. Second St. since it opened in April 2017, leasing the one-story downtown property from local restauranteur Matt Prescott until April. 

As its name suggests, Bartini’s is known for its martini’s, such as the popular house blends Cucumber, Raspberry Lemondrop (which has vodka and fresh raspberries), Bartini Martini (with peanut butter, chocolate and small Butterfinger chunks around the rim), and the Dirty Girl Scout (with chocolate, mint and topped with a mint cookie).

Beer, wine and shots also are available, and menus from nearby restaurants are on hand so patrons can have food delivered to the bar.

There's an outdoor patio with tables in the rear, so bands will continue to play on occasion, and it's also open for private parties. Three video slot machines also are available.

Boss Toss is Bartini’s version of the popular cornhole bags game. It's similar to cornhole, but the board hangs on a wall and has a different look. Go to to learn about it.

The Kildays promote drink specials and events on Facebook; you also can call 815-632-3493 for more information.

Kim said she and Mike have put "a lot of hard work, sweat and tears" into their bar.

Out with the old, in with the new

OREGON – After more than a year of construction, Sledgehammer’s Pub ’N Grub is open at 1450 state Route 2. 

The place previously was home to The Silo restaurant, then an antique shop and art gallery; the new bar utilizes an old concrete grain silo on its north side, and it still has its small stone silo replica in front of the building. They bought the property from Dorothy Cultra in September 2017.

The Stombaughs plan to have food, but not for a few weeks. Meanwhile, NorthSide BarbaQ of Shannon will serve pulled pork, brisket sandwiches, chicken wings and sliders, and macaroni and cheese. Find NorthSide BarbaQ on Facebook for lunch and dinner hours.

They'll also feature local bands during most weekends. 

Sledgehammer’s is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday and Monday, and until 1 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Seating is available outdoors, and takeout orders can be arranged. Cash, credit and debit cards are accepted. 

Daily specials are posted on its Facebook page.

Brito’s expands

STERLING – Brito’s Grill, which runs a Mexican food truck with stops in Sterling and Rock Falls, now has a brick-and-mortar establishment of its own at 10 E. Fourth St., former home of O'Dawgs. 

Efrain Brito owns the family-run business, which serves tacos, tostadas, tortas, elotes, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas and rice and beans at both stationary and mobile locations.

It also caters to local businesses and private parties. Carryouts are available. 

Hours are being finalized, according to posts on its Facebook page.

Find Brito’s Grill on Facebook or call 815-564-7317 for more information. 

Embrace a healthier you

MORRISON – Learn about different Reiki, Dr. Smoothies, oils, diffusers, crystals and jewelry essential to one’s health at Embraced, 104 W. Main St.

Andrea Ramirez of Morrison is a certified Reiki master and teacher; she opened the wellness shop June 7 in the former Quinn’s Jewelry.

Embraced also offers classes and one-on-one consultations with Reiki – a form of touch therapy – and other healing methods through wellness oils. 

Dr. Smoothies are cold energy drinks made with real fruit juice and green coffee extract.

Embraced is open from 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. It also is open from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and by appointment Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. 

Find Embraced on Facebook, go to, or call 815-680-6038 for more information. 

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