The chain's local demise could be related to bankruptcy.


Though some news outlets have not been able to uncover details behind Granite City's sudden closure, a quick Google search reveals GC's parent company filed bankruptcy in late 2019.

St. Cloud-born Granite City Food & Brewery announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to allow for a reorganization of its businesses. (USA Today)

One former GC employee told us multiple restaurants closed a few months back but Rockford was under the impression "they were safe." If the past is any indication of what happens when a chain with a Rockford location files bankruptcy, get ready for an empty storefront.

The filing notes that Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd. (GCFB) has already closed seven restaurants, leaving it with 25 namesake brewpubs and four Cadillac Ranch roadhouse-themed casual establishments. (Restaurant Business Online)

Granite City was located at 7144 Harrison Ave, Rockford, IL 61112.

What would you like to see inside the now-vacant space?

JB Love is ½ of  Q98.5's Lil Zim & JB In The Morning, weekday mornings from 5:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. Follow him on TwitterInstagram.

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