Q: Are there going to be any restaurants in our area serving a Christmas Day buffet or lunch?
— Karen, Davenport
A: We turned to Joe Taylor of the Quad-Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau and his crew to help with an answer. Quite a few dining spots are open for Thanksgiving and New Year’s, he says, but not so many Christmas Day.
The Lodge Restaurant, Bettendorf, offers a champagne brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Day and limited holiday menu from 3-9 p.m. Brunch is $19.95 for adults, $9.95 for children.
Buffets at Jumer’s Casino, Rhythm City Casino and Isle of Capri are also open Christmas Day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with prices ranging from $5 to $13.99.
At Radisson John Deere Commons, T.G.I. Friday’s is open from noon to 8 p.m. Christmas Day in downtown Moline.
Village Inn restaurants in the Quad-Cities will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Day, and Bud’s Skyline Inn is open near the Quad-City International Airport in Moline as is Iowa 80 Truck Stop’s Iowa 80 Kitchen at Walcott.
And if you’re still hungry later in the day, Happy Joe’s in Rock Island and East Moline are open for carry out and delivery from 3-9 p.m. Christmas Day and in Colona from 3-8 p.m.
Also, based on past experience, Asian restaurants are often open on Christmas Day. Dynasty Buffet, Elmore Avenue, Davenport, plans to open at 11 a.m.
If there are other options, please let us know and we’ll follow up.
Q: I wonder about the rubbery mucilage that sticks things together, like you see on items such as credit cards that arrive in the mail. I wonder if that is available to the common consumer and, if so, what it’s called and where to get it.
— Maureen, Davenport
A: We found reference to a product called Glue Dots, which its website says is available at Office Max, Hobby Lobby and Michaels Arts & Crafts in the Quad-Cities. The webpage for the manufacturer is gluedots.com/glue.html.
Q: I was sad to hear Alex Karras, former Hawkeye, died. Is Susan Clark, his wife, still alive?
A: Yes, the 72-year-old actress is still alive.
Q: Is it true that “In God We Trust” is no longer on coins? Who gave the OK to change this?
A: Nobody did. Look at any new coin — the phrase is still there.
Q: Will Betty White’s “Off Their Rockers” show return soon?
A: NBC has renewed the show for a second season, but it looks as if it won’t be on until after the new year begins.
(Answers provided by Times community editor Linda Watson, Davenport Public Library reference department and Waterloo Courier’s Call the Courier column.)
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