Kevin Fitzgibbon of Davenport has been coming to Rookies since the ‘60s, long before its current owners bought the sports bar in 1991. Back then, Fitzgibbon came with his dad, and he was back with him for lunch last week.
What keeps Fitzgibbon visiting a couple times a week for his usual order of a burger or a salad are the family feel and the prices.
“You get a burger from them and you get two patties instead of one,” he said. “For a big guy like me, I like that.”
The burger, half a pound of meat that comes with lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo, is $4.29. Fries can be added for $1.39.
Fitzgibbon said Rookies is filled with friendly patrons and employees who know who you are, and he often brings his wife and kids for cheese fries on the weekends. The whole family can normally eat for about $30, compared with $40-$60 at other restaurants, he said.
Owner Pat Doyle hasn’t raised food prices and doesn’t plan on it even though costs have risen just about everywhere. Most of the menu items cost less than $6, and those that are more than $10, such as pizza, can be shared.
“We look at it as if we were the customer and we want to give a really good meal for today’s dollar, especially in today’s environment,” he said.
Lots of families such as Fitzgibbon’s frequent the establishment on weekends, especially during Iowa Hawkeyes games. The restaurant offers many arcade games for the children that are in plain view of the eating area, which parents appreciate, Doyle said.
Rookies regularly participates in charity efforts and community fundraisers as a way to stay involved with its customers.
“We try to give back to the community because, without their support, there wouldn’t be a Rookies,” Doyle said. “We’re really thankful and happy they support us.”
$10 OR LESS
What: Rookies Sports Bar
Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, with the kitchen closing at 10 p.m.
Where: 2818 Brady St., Davenport
Specialties: Burgers, pizza, sandwiches
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