Mary's Market picks new Roscoe site

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ROSCOE - Mary's Market Cafe and Bakery is coming to Roscoe, bringing around 20 jobs and an array of new dining, catering and event space options.

From its signature salads and made-from-scratch baked items to coffees and prime rib, Mary's Market has been well known in Northern Illinois, with multiple locations in the Rockford area.

"I live in Roscoe, and it's amazing how many people are out on nights and weekends. We are really going to be successful with that market," said Heather Price, Mary's Market Cafe and Bakery wholesale and distribution manager.

The new Roscoe location is expected to open by mid-May at 4866 Bluestem Road - the previous home of Vito's Ristorante. In addition to having the same menu offered at its other three Rockford-area locations, Mary's Market Cafe and Bakery in Roscoe will feature additional offerings such as Friday night fish fries and prime rib for Saturday night. It will have a full liquor license as well.

Price said Mary's Market Cafe and Bakery will make special efforts to accommodate the night crowd in Roscoe and be able to offer live music on the patio.

The location will have a full coffee bar with head barista Aubrey Vongvanitch who will offer tea, lattes and a signature Mary's Market coffee drink. Chef Tom Zeimet also will be moving to the Roscoe location.

The newly-renovated event room will be available for weddings, parties and luncheons with a capacity for 160 people.

Because of its ample size and kitchen, the Roscoe site will become the Mary's Market Cafe and Bakery catering hub.

Mary's Market Cafe and Bakery also offers a made-from-scratch bakery with more than 100 items ranging from buns and danishes to scones and cookies.

Roscoe Village Administrator Scott Sanders said the facility is around 8,800 square feet and includes banquet space. He said it's historically been a bit of a challenged spot, with Vito's Ristorante there from 2016 to late 2018 and Ebenezer Browns previous to that.

However, Sanders expects Mary's Market to be a big hit.

"There is already brand recognition and a built-in following," Sanders said. "It's going to be a great restaurant for people to enjoy, and it has some built-in revenue."

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