Milltown Coffee is gaining ground as an urban-feel spot in downtown Moline.

Milltown Coffee, 3800 River Drive, also offers a full-service bar focusing on craft beer, select wines and seasonal libations. It also features live music, private party engagements and catering.

It is located in a portion of the former Quad-City Die Casting factory, which closed several years ago.

It is owned by Tuvi Mendel, a surgeon and part-owner of Orthopedic Specialists. Mendel said he wanted to take his entrepreneurship to "a new level by bringing the Chicago coffeehouse ambience to the Quad-Cities, creating a local hangout with an urban feel."

Cathy Cartee, a Quad-City attorney, also is an owner. She likes the early responses from people and the feel of the place.

"We try to bring in local musicians," she said. "There is a very urban feel. There are all custom-made lights, cupboards, barnwood walls. We serve breakfast and lunch. We have a wide-variety menu; part of it is gluten-free.

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"We have a view of the river. You cannot get that anywhere. We thought location was perfect with Western Illinois University nearby."

 Another owner is Jason Gomez, a former executive chef of the Davenport Outing Club. "We are dedicated to being the best coffeehouse the Quad-Cities has to offer," he said.

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