After four years at River Music Experience, Falbo Bros. Pizzeria is taking its restaurant out of downtown Davenport and relocating to the northeast side of the city. 

Barry Golinvaux, who owns three Falbo's franchises in Iowa with his wife Monica, said it is too early to reveal the new restaurant's locale. But he hopes to re-open by spring.

"From what we're trying to do, where we're going makes sense," Golinvaux said. The downtown restaurant closed Tuesday.

"We're trying to serve a bigger area that makes more sense for delivery," he said, adding that the downtown parking situation was a challenge.

The Davenport couple also own the Falbo Bros. franchises in Iowa City and Coralville. The pizza company, founded in 1992 in Madison, Wisconsin, has a total of 11 stores in Wisconsin, Iowa and Texas.

Golinvaux said the new location will create five more jobs in addition to the 10 employees he said "are sticking with me."

But the pizzeria's departure leaves River Music Experience, or RME, on the hunt for another food and beverage tenant.

"We're very sorry to see Falbo's go, but we're delighted to have an area that can be the next exciting venture in downtown," said Deb Powers, RME's chief executive officer. She said the opening has generated "a lot of interest already."

Patrons have expressed interest in another coffeehouse, like MoJo's, which occupied the space before Falbo's. "It's that coffee shop atmosphere they want," she said. "We want someone who is music-friendly who understands we have a musical mission and our community stage resides there."

Given the space's space limitations — including a kitchen in the basement, she said "it would be great for a quick sandwich shop, an ice cream shop, chocolatier or coffeehouse."

For more information about the RME space, call Powers at 563-326-1333, ext.102. 

IWLC moves into new

Bettendorf offices

Nearly a year after combining forces with the Quad-Cities’ own Women’s Connection, IWLC (Iowa Women Lead Change) now has a permanent location in Bettendorf’s Northwest Bank building.

Deanna Woodall, IWLC's Quad-Cities regional manager, and other IWLC leaders unveiled the office at 2550 Middle Road during an open house last week. The new location is housed on the Northwest Bank building's third floor.

IWLC, headquartered in Cedar Rapids, is the state’s premier leadership organization for women. It entered the Quad-City market with its merger with Women's Connection and now brings its leadership resources to our corner of the state.

IWLC will present its inaugural Quad-Cities Leadership Conference on March 29 at the Waterfront Convention Center, Bettendorf. IWLC also is maintaining signature programs of Women’s Connection such as the Athena Awards and Male Champion of Change Awards, which will close the leadership conference.

Demolition will expand

parking at Ganzo's

Ganzo's Mexican Restaurant, Davenport, is making more room for its patrons with a demolition of the office building next door.

Owner Pat Puente has owned the building to the north for some time, and now plans to tear it down for more parking for his 3923 N. Marquette St. restaurant. Demolition is slated for Jan. 31.

"For a parking lot, we're very excited," he said, adding "We won't close, but it's going to be ugly."

The added space also will be needed come May 5 when Ganzo's hosts what has become the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the Q-C. The festivities will include the 2018 Ganzo's Cinco de Mayo 5K.

Last year's race — the fifth annual — raised $6,000 for the Autism Society of the Quad-Cities. This year's 5K will be a fundraiser for the Quad-Cities Autism Center in Moline. To register for this year's race, visit ganzos5k.com.

Biz Bytes is a weekly column by Quad-City Times reporter Jennifer DeWitt. Contact her at 563-383-2318 or jdewitt@qctimes.com.

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