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Rendezvous Bistro reopens, reimagined in Woodstock

Eatery near McHenry County College offers small plates, full bar

WOODSTOCK – Rendezvous Bistro is back, reinspired under new management.

Megan and T.J. Liebetrau of Woodstock have turned the former coffee house, restaurant and bar into a full-on bar and small plate restaurant.

The bistro is now open exclusively in the evenings and offers a variety of wines, beers and spirits along with soups, salads, desserts and small plates such as hummus and vegetables, vegetable flatbread, cheese and fruit plates, and pork-belly buns.

Rendezvous Bistro is at 2400 Lake Shore Drive in Woodstock off Route 14 close to McHenry County College. The location gets a lot of traffic but may be a challenge because it is out of the way for many, Megan Liebetrau said.

“It’s a matter of getting people out there to remember it’s an option,” she said. “We will have some work to do to get them out that way.”

The Liebetraus have owned and operated local catering company Now We’re Cookin’ for the past four years, and the decision to open a restaurant seemed like a natural transition, Megan Liebetrau said.

“I’ve always been in the restaurant business,” she said, “and my husband and I were born and raised in Woodstock, so this opportunity kind of fell into our laps, and it was too hard to pass up.”

The restaurant held a quiet grand opening recently and plans to continue to grow its capacity and begin offering various events such as “Paint and Sip” classes.

“There’s a back room that I hope to convert into a private space,” Megan Liebetrau said. “I’m hoping to have it finished in the next month or so. We want a nice, cozy atmosphere where people can come relax and have a good time with friends.”

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