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Our Story


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Our Story


Opened in 1990 by Andy and Terrie Andresky, 1776 has been a McHenry County favorite for over twenty-six years. ZAGAT rated consecutively since 1997, and winner of the Wine Spectator National Award since 1995, we pride ourselves on our service and great food.  The Chicago Magazine attributes 1776 as one of the very first and best innovators in wild game dishes for the entire Chicago Metro area. Recently, changing hands in the winter of 2016 to another local passionate for the community and entertaining. The Andresky family leaves a great legacy to Rhienna and the dedicated staff and community. It's an exciting time for 1776 to pioneer into the future of Farm to Table offerings.

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Rhienna McClain Trevino

OWNER

A Crystal Lake native, specializing in hospitality, events and marketing. Rhienna is community focused in all that she does, working with many local not for profit agencies. A mother of three littles with food allergies and sensitivities. She is excited to bring her passion for entertaining and her community into 1776. Her goal is to continue the restaurant legacy as a destination for dining in McHenry County. 

Erik Nordstrom

WINE & SPIRITS DIRECTOR

Erik, a Crystal Lake native and father of two little boys. Erik's drive for education has taken him on an adventure through the midwest and around the world. Along on his travels, Erik developed many key relationships with wineries (BIG & small), suppliers and vineyard owners (Far & WIDE). He's passionate for delivering you great food, wine and spirits. We are grateful for his commitment to the craft and look forward to growing and leading our wine and beverage program.

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SANTIAGO SUAREZ

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Having been with 1776 since 1993, Chef Suarez has continuously elevated 1776's dishes to new heights.  Experimenting with ingredients and incorporating his own unique flair, Santiago's creations speak for themselves at first bite.  Always challenging himself, he has brought a Michoacán taste to American cuisine.