New downtown Davenport entertainment site planned

New downtown Davenport entertainment site planned

DAVENPORT Sean Moeller, co founder of Daytrotter, is partnering to renovate the former Musicians Union building at 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport, into a new bar and live music venue called The Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel.

Scheduled to open March 30, the site will accommodate about 80 people for shows, which Mr. Moeller said would be fairly often.

Mr. Moeller said he’s talked for a while with partner Dan Bush, co owner of the Analog Arcade Bar at 304 Brady St., about the new project. The other partners are Mr. Bush’s father in law, Rich Cooksey, and Devon Wiese.

“We’ve been wanting to do something together for a long time; it made a lot of sense,” said Mr. Moeller said, noting the business will not include a motel; the name is a play on a favorite animal of his. “It’s going to be more of the same, keep the quality high.”

Mr. Bush said he wanted to cheap jerseys grow the nightlife in Davenport.

“I’m just trying to do things in the downtown region to grow the number of young people,” he said.”I love music. I love what Sean does. I thought it would be a good fit to team up.”

A Davenport native, Mr. Bush settled here after graduating from DePaul University 11 years ago. He operated a Jimmy John’s franchise for eight years until June 2016. Mr. Cooksey, Mr. Wiese and two others co own Analog in the renovated 1918 Scott County Savings Bank previously vacant since the ’90s.

Mr. Bush and Mr. Cooksey also own two buildings next to the future Triple Crown Whiskey bar, one of which will become a restaurant.

“We want to save these buildings,” Mr. Bush said. “We think they’re great, have a lot of natural character.

“Rich and I both love old houses, have renovated together,” he said. “There are a lot of hidden gems downtown we want to tap into.”

The renovated 1,300 square foot building will include an outdoor patio and a wide assortment of whiskey and exclusively canned beers from cheap domestics to higher priced import and craft beers. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of show. Mr. Moeller books weeknight shows year round in the Village of East Davenport and has been happy with the turnout, including 70 for recent shows at Baked.

“It feels like there’s a lot of really good momentum, conditioning people to support these things,” he said.

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