It's been nearly three years since Falbo's Bros. Pizzeria left the main level of the River Music Experience. Bad Boy'z Pizza tried to make a go after Falbo's left in that space but closed after less than a year (thank you, pandemic).

The good news is another favorite QC restaurant is moving into that space that hasn't been occupied since March, 2020. Zeke's Island Cafe has moved in and will open June 4, which also happens to be the first Live@5 concert on the plaza for the River Music Experience's summer concert series.

The Redstone building which was built in 1892 is the home to the River Music Experience, Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society, Bix Beiderbecke Museum & Archive, and Empower House, Tacobar, and two local businesses — Estes Construction and Underground Economy.

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The RME wants to celebrate and welcome everyone to an open house set for Friday, June 4. According to a QuadCities.com article, the open house celebration will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the Live@5 concert in the RME courtyard (5-7 p.m.) featuring Jason Carl & The Whole Damn Band.

Guided tours will be offered throughout the Redstone building, highlighting participating businesses and organizations 

It's been a good spring for Chef Stu and everyone at Zeke's. Since Zeke's closed it's restaurant on Harrison Street a few years ago, we've been enjoying the Caribbean food delights at 842 Middle Road, Bettendorf.

Also, another Zeke's restaurant, Rico’s Tropical Tacos recently opened at the BettPlex, 5039 Competition Drive, Bettendorf. Now we have a Davenport location for Zeke's in the River Music Experience. You can't have too much of a good thing.

If you've never had Zeke's or Rico's do yourself a favor and try the amazing Jamaican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Venezuelan, Dominican, Chamorro, Hawaiian, Samoan and Mexican food they offer. The Huli Huli chicken is one of my favorites.

There definitely is reason to celebrate. We'll see you at the RME's open house on June 4.

Craft Breweries in the Quad Cities Area

We're very lucky to live in an area with such an amazing, thriving "craft beer scene". You'll be able to find everything you could want.

Not sure what you want? That's ok. The bartenders at these establishments are very well versed and can guide you through a wonderland of Ales and Lagers.

From "coffee infused" to "riff infused".

From "pale ales" to "peanut butter porters".

Fruity, Sour, Hoppy, Malty, Crisp, Crushable beers in all shapes and sizes.

Crowlers, Growlers, Cans & Kegs...the Quad Cities Craft Beer scene has it all.

And of course...a great beer isn't complete unless it's paired with some amazing food. Whether it's made in the breweries kitchen or in the food truck in the parking lot...brewers know that people love food with their beer. 

Take a look at the 19 Quad Cities Area craft breweries!

Quad Cities Closed Eateries

The pandemic has hit businesses hard. So hard that some of them have closed during the course of the pandemic. These are Quad Cities restaurants that are no longer open.