I really like this restaurant group in Rockford (Abreo, Social and now PK Diner) and how they locally source the bulk of the ingredients.
When I first read the menu and saw that biscuits and sausage gravy was $14 I went into kinippshens. I texted H.C. stating this had better be the best damned biscuits and gravy of my life. More on that in the interview portion of this post.
Our fresh coffee is from local JadaBug Roasters and the servers kept our cups full. A carafe of iced water was a lovely touch to our table.
I felt we had excellent service, the dirty plates were quickly whisked away. We even had a table side chat with the owner, who checked in to see how our meal went.
One set of gossip I could ignore, but two sets got my attention.
Rumor #1: Why the location at the Heartland Church campus? Is PK Diner in any way affiliated with the church?
Paul Sletten: "PK Diner runs the same way Abreo and Social do, we have no ties to any church or special tax loop holes. We are 100% independent small business renting space in a building at 1222 S. Alpine Rd."
Rumor #2: Will PK Diner be paying the appropriate taxes, or is it tax-exempt, given its location at Heartland? (I, personally, was flabbergasted by this rumor - do people not know how the system works? Do they have no memory of restaurants that have failed in Rockford due to lack of proper tax payments?)
PS: See Paul's answer above. They rent a space, just like other businesses at the Heartland campus. "(As for separate sales tax on the dining bill) we included the tax the same way 99% of bars charge for drinks. That is, you never pay $4.03 for you a beer, it would just be $4, for example."
Rumor #3:"What is up with the no tipping policy? Without revealing wages, is the staff being well paid?"
PS: "The only real difference with PK is that we pay our staff an above minimum wage hourly plus commission in lieu of traditional server wages (which is below minimum wage plus tips)."
I highly recommend you and yours enjoying a meal at PK Diner. 1222 S. Alpine Rd (at the old Colonial Village Mall/ Heartland Church Campus at Broadway and Alpine). 815.708.8580