The list of cool new businesses coming to downtown Davenport just keeps on growing.
Within the next few weeks, work is expected to begin on building a bicycle/beer/brats store as well as a separate panini sandwich shop in a vacant building on 3rd Street, just east of the elevated railroad tracks.
The target opening date for both businesses is late summer or early fall.
For many years the one-story brick building at 429 E. 3rd St. housed Jaguar Alley, specializing in foreign and sports car repair. It was purchased several years ago by Joe Erenberger and his partners, Y&J Properties, to use for possible parking for the Halligan Coffee Co. Loft apartments they were building a block north along 4th Street.
The space ultimately wasn't needed, so they have been looking for businesses to lease the space, Erenberger said.
The combination bicycle shop/restaurant will be owned and operated by Rueben Garcia and restaurateur Sidney Rognoni, bringing to the Quad-Cities a concept that Garcia said has worked in states such as Colorado and South Carolina. There's the Denver Bicycle Club in Colorado's capital and the Piney Mountain Bike Lounge in Greenville, South Carolina, for example.
"It will be interactive," he said. "You can watch your bike getting fixed while eating dinner. It gives people something else to do. It will be more of a destination than just a bar. If you're riding on the river with your family, you can stop in. The concept has pretty much taken off wherever they've had it."
In addition to making repairs, the business will sell and rent bicycles, along with serving more than 30 beers, heavy on the local side, and hand-ground gourmet hamburgers and brats. It will be called Ruby's Beers, Bikes & Brats, a nod to Garcia's nickname, and will occupy about 3,000 square feet of the 4,500-square-foot building. An outdoor volleyball court, a dog area and outdoor seating also is planned.
Garcia, a native of southern California, said he spent his life as a commercial woodworker and cabinet maker in the construction business, working on hotels, hospitals, high end homes and courthouses. For the past five years he has worked for Elliott Aviation, Milan, remodeling private jets.
But, he has long dreamed of opening a bar, and when he heard of the bike/restaurant/bar concept, he thought that would be a good thing to introduce to the Quad-Cities.
Rognoni already has established himself in Davenport; he and his wife Nicole opened RAW, a posh tavern, in late 2016 and he and Chris Odendahl opened Bowls: Urban Eats in 2011. Both are on 3rd Street, near the Adler Theatre.
The panini business is the long-time dream of Carey Cook, a Davenport native who has experience in food sanitation and safety from working in the bakery and meat departments of Sam's Club, but has never operated a restaurant.
She decided on panini when she looked around the Q-C and asked herself, "what do we not have?"
As the restaurant called Panini & Friends, she expects the business to be open for breakfast and lunch, serving breakfast, lunch and dessert sandwiches, homemade soups and sides and drinks such as coffees and sodas. It will occupy the remainder of the building, or about 1,500 square feet.
Although the building doesn't look like much at present, that will change. Erenberger has drawings, approved by city's design review board, that show a different roofline and many more windows and doors.