Ross' Restaurant counts President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as customers, but now it is counting on its Facebook friends for help.

The restaurant stands in the path of a new Interstate 74 bridge, and its owners have been talking to the Iowa Department of Transportation and city of Bettendorf about a purchase price and possible assistance in relocating. The restaurant is in its 71st year located in the shadow of the interstate bridge.

The restaurant has a petition attached to its Facebook page asking for fans of the restaurant to show their support. Unveiled Friday, it had a handful of virtual signatures within a few hours of going live.

"The City of Bettendorf has provided financial incentives to other businesses displaced by the construction, but has not given any assistance to Ross’," the petition reads in part. "The sale of our property will not be enough to buy new land and build a new restaurant in Bettendorf. If we are going to stay in the city we’ve loved for more than half-a-century, then we will need assistance."

Saying that her family has a good relationship with the city, Melissa Freidhof-Rodgers said the petition is just a way to show the DOT and Bettendorf how important the restaurant is to the community.

"The city has been working with us and been great," Freidhof-Rodgers said. "We are just trying to get a little bit more assistance so we can make this happen.

"They’ve helped us and we’ve developed a good relationship there, but we are in such a tough situation," she said. "If there is a state program that might help, having the support of our community will help us get to the next level."

Bettendorf has four financial programs to assist businesses that are being relocated because of the bridge project. The programs include outside and interior renovation assistance, a TIF and moving assistance.

"I think it would be safe to say that we have packages the city council has approved that if they moved to a new facility they could use," Bettendorf City Administrator Decker Ploehn said Friday. "We’ve offered those same incentives to them for when they make their move.

"We’ve been working with them and a developer they’ve been working with," he said. "We feel very positive about where we are in that process"

 

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QC Native now in GA

Billy Boy, get your facts straight. Ross said the "shadow of the Bridge", not the over pass that connects to the bridge. The original span was opened in 1935. The Interstate Highway System was announced in 1956, and I-74 through Bettendorf was part of the ORIGINAL system; it was not added later. The 2nd span of the bridge was built in 1958-59 and opened during the summer of 1959. Some I-74 construction began in the early 60's such as the Rock River bridges north of the QC Airport. On the Iowa side, the portion of I-74 from I-80 to Spruce Hills was opened in about 1968. I remember using it in 1969 when I departed for college in mid August. Only the approaches to the Bridge itself were built in the 70's. It seems that you have a way of trashing everything by misstating the facts.

Asylum
Asylum

Ok, jeez, I haven't made my way thru all the comments, but for some clarification, you might want to go to Ross's Facebook page, there is a conversation going on there, and they explain that they have been looking for years for a new place ....... https://www.facebook.com/RossBettendorf/posts/664816980201588?comment_id=104077568&ref=notif&notif_t=like

Family man

Will whoever do have 45acp comments removed speak up and explain why please? We were simply giving our thoughts on different sides of an issue, no reason to censor someone.

Family man

I did not have your comments removed. They were in no way durogatory or offensive. I don't know who did, but it was not me. Doesn't matter if you believe me about my job or not. I have my opinion and you have yours, not really worth arguing about because ultimately we have no say in the matter.

45acp

That I agree with, thanks.

RINative

It would appear that this article has finally provided the conversation that has been lacking in the Ross' situation. Here are the tidbits that SHOULD be considered in this discussion. First, better have a clear understanding of what it means to have your property seized under the terms of immanent domain by IDOT. This is a simply a math equation. It does not take into account the brilliant location selected by the business to be successful for over 70 years. It does not calculate the the amount of sales tax paid over 70 odd years. It does not calculate the return on investment that has been a result of all the employees paid by Ross' over 70 years. It does not calculate the true value of the property when you move it to a new location. IDOT is going to pay the minimum it can to claim the property. It is not a choice it is simply a fact. IDOT has no vested interest what happens to Ross'. The only opportunity for the owners to come out ahead on this is to take the money and walk away. The fact that they want to stay and rebuild says everything you need to know about them as dedicated Bettendorf business people. The fact is - to rebuild based on the buyout that have been offered - they will have to mortgage themselves to the hilt and start over. That is asking a lot of a company that has already proven itself. That has already met the challenges of change over 70 years. The city of Bettendorf needs to open up the books and compare the results of all the incentives they have already given to businesses over the years to the success of Ross' Restaurant. Let see how many of them are still in Bettendorf.

Family man

JDZenz, stupidity is wanting to give your money to these business owners. They offer nothing to this community except low paying jobs and mediocre food. I guess they do help by corralling the drunks to get DUI's when they leave there in the middle of the night. If you think this is a landmark that defines our area then you are a low rent loser, perhaps you should move to down town Rock Island.

jdzenz

Haha Family man.......once again you have no clue!!!! I am a bett. Business owner that was forced to move! You have absolutely no idea! You dont own a business and you prob dont even live in Bett. Most likely raised in downtoen Rock Island. Until you have a successful business that is forced to move you will never have a clue. And obviously you've been one of those drunks corralled there in the middle of the night or how else would you know except by the freinds you keep. Such a loser. Keep replying so we can keep laughing at your stupidity, its pretty comical! Havingagoodlaugh :D

Family man

Doesn't matter if you believe me or not, you are insignificant. Like I said before, I don't care if Ross's stays open or not. I don't consider it a landmark nor do I believe that it contributes enough to our community to give them tax dollars beyond fair market value. If you really think that place is what defines our area then you don't have a very high standard of what should be a landmark in a community.
By your logic I guess any business that has been around a long time and pays taxes is a landmark? Like the adult video store on Hickory Grove road in Davenport, is that a landmark? The bar at the foot of the centennial bridge where all the crack heads hang out, is that a landmark? Both have been around a long time and pay taxes.

Family man

Have you ever heard of vacation? I took the week off, that is something I can afford to do because I don't work for a low paying restaurant. Im not against Ross's relocating and making it, I am against my tax dollars being used for anything more than fair market value.

45acp

Bingo, the light finally came on, the only reason Family Man could be so uncaring about this is because he owns a competing restaurant!!! Duh. I'm sure he'll try to deny and weasel his way out of this one but that's the only thing that makes any sense. Nice try Family Man, your credibility just went to zero.

Family man

Also Brendajo, you wanted to know what I have done, I just turned 40 years and am in charge of a manufacturing facility employing just over 150 people. If I got downsized I would at least have the introspect to know that at this stage in the game it was probably because I did not perform well. I most certainly would not take 100 steps backward and go to work for some rinky dink restaurant.

jdzenz

So called Family Man....You dont sound smart so why try! Your making a fool out of yourself with your stupidity!

45acp

I agree, no way Family Man is running this manufacturing facility with his demonstrated lack of business knowledge and common sense, he didn't like what I said so he complained and got my comments removed, this one will probably go too.

Family man

Well Brendajo, you must not have been very good in the corporate world. You know who gets downsized? The poor performers. They keep the good ones.

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brendajo1959
brendajo1959

Excuse me, I should have made better life choices! I was a Director for a company, downsized and have looked at every company, applied, interviewed and nothing. Told I am overqualified and etc. So what do you do? I am assuming you are not in your 50's yet, but after the age of 50, it is very difficult to find a job. As you look at the companies and what they are paying, minimum way or maybe if you are lucky $10.00/hr, which I made more than that at Ross'. You are quite a very unhappy and angry individual which plays on people's emotions and has never has nothing to say. So you stay in your unhappy mode and keep up your negative attitude for I have nothing more to say to you. Oh by the way, I have college and more than 30 years in the corporate environment, so if that is not making good choices, would like to know what yo have done with your life.

just me 44

I am in awe of how a local business asking for local support can create so many ugly comments and untrue statements. The Ross family has had a restaurant operating In Bettendorf.since the 1940s. The original Ross' owned restaurant was across the street from where it stands now. The small business has been apart of this community long enough to be considered a landmark. This is not a political debate. It is a family's hope to get the support it needs to stay and flourish in a community it has been a part of for many generations. If the government can force businesses out of their locations, I believe the businesses have the right to ask for as much help as needed to survive. Ross' restaurant had no plans to close or relocate. Support should be offered to a viable business that contributes to its community not only in tax dollars but to other charitable and humanitarian causes.

brendajo1959
brendajo1959

Very well said and to the point. You are correct, Ross' would love to stay where we are at, but we are being forced out for a bridge that will be years away. I applaud you for your comment and thank you.

Family man

Brendajo, they are asking for my help. Where do you think the tax dollars that they are asking for come from? People like me!

brendajo1959
brendajo1959

Do you agree with everything that your tax dollars go to? I sure don't like giving to the Federal Government for welfare, SSI for people who don't need it and the list go on and on. How many places of business have been in business for over 70 years and still surviving? How may corporations have taken jobs away from the United States and sent the jobs overseas? I am sure you agree with that for you have no affection it sounds like for anything. How many restaurants give back to the city? I don't know too many that do. The world is getting bad and there is no caring anymore and it is sad. Look at the Bettendorf High School expansion, what it really needed? Some people say no and some people say yes and they have no choice. Also, as I said before the nasty things you have indicated are so wrong and I for one need a job and want to work for people who care.

brendajo1959
brendajo1959

I will no longer be arguing and going back and forth on this. We all have our opinions and I believe that everything will come through. As I have stated before, try to think positive and believe that we need "Mom and Pop" establishments. End of conversation and God Bless

Family man

Roads
Public works
Education
Law enforcement
Rehabilitation for homeless
Flood protection
Any of these things plus many many more would be a much better way to spend tax dollars than helping Ross's.

45acp

What do you know, I agree with those too, of course in addition to TIF's for LONG TIME tax paying business's forced to relocate. But I'll bet if your list was "complete" there would be a couple on there that I would disagree with.

Let's face it, you obviously have a personal vendetta against help Ross's, so be it. I'm sure you support all the chain restaurants, sending money out of town.

Family man

I'm saying it would be pretty easy to find another job that pays the same if not better. Ross's coil disappear from the face of the earth and our economy would not be affected.
Like I said before, all the people that want to keep it around should pitch in and help them. Those of us who don't care shouldn't have our tax dollars spent helping a private business when there are so many more worthwhile things to spend it on.

45acp

I shouldn't have to spend my tax dollars on a lot of things that don't affect me personally (or that I just don't like as in your case) but I have to. Some are complaining about putting money into the bike path because they don't use it. I hate that we spend money to support the Bettendorf Fitness Center when I use the Y. You aren't getting that they aren't moving by choice. They have my support, they don't have yours, that's the way it is. Somebody told me they are getting thousands of signatures on a petition, I think I better stop down and sign it!

And I would love to see your list of "worthwhile" things we should spend our money on.

brendajo1959
brendajo1959

Regarding the petition, I did this all weekend and the hundreds I did, I only received one no, so that shows a lot on the majority of people want Ross' to stay. We had people in from all different states and that they always stop in when they are in town. So the petition speaks the truth on what the individuals are saying. Thank you for being positive.

brendajo1959
brendajo1959

You are incorrect about gaining another job so easily. At my age, no one wants to hire me, they only want the younger girls. This is a factual statement. Do you think that I like to pay my taxes for everything it goes to? No, I feel that the welfare system should be revamped for too many people are lazy and receive every type of welfare they can get.and I could go on and on on that one. Ross' is not asking for your money. This weekend we were very busy and the response of the individuals wanting to keep Ross' was overwhelming. I don't know what you have against them, but you are stating things that you have no clue about. As they say "turn your negative opinions into positive opinions" and you will be a much better person.

Family man

Plus, with the business they do and the wages they pay their employees I'm sure the owners are living quite well, if they get fair market price for the restaurant they can relocate without us taxpayers helping them. Or, maybe all you people who want them to stay so bad pitch in to help them and leave the rest of us out of it.

45acp

Facts are it cost more to build new than fair market value for the existing place, even just to build a new exact replica. And who says they are getting fair market value, neither of us know that. Do you think you could rebuild your home for the existing fair market value if it was destroyed. Of course you couldn't. That's why you have insurance to cover it. Sure is different when the government comes along and says here's a check for what we think it's worth, now get out, and if it costs you more to rebuild too bad. And as far as their employees, many have been there for years and they seem to be doing just fine. Are you saying it's ok to put those people out of work because they aren't paid enough to fit what you think they should be paid? That job is just as important to each of them as your job is to you.

brendajo1959
brendajo1959

As I read your comments, it is always negative. To state that the owners are living quite well, what do you know. You don't know that the owners probably put in over 60 hours a week and do not rely on someone else to do their work. No one is asking for your assistance so just leave it alone and as I said earlier, know all the facts before you speak. I don't know what you have against them, but it is sad. I love my job at Ross' and am treated as a part of their family and the customers are like family, so this is the true Ross' that you have no clue about.

Family man

Greasy spoon is just a saying, I wasn't trying to imply they don't have healthy options as well. I am still just saying this is not a "landmark", its just a restaurant. If they get fair market value they should be able to use that money to find another place, I'm sure they will be able to take equipment and furnishings with them because the building will be torn down anyway. What do you have to say about the fact that the jobs they provide are not good? I'm sure most that work there have to have second jobs or live on some sort of public aid. So the argument that they provide jobs for our community is invalid.

brendajo1959
brendajo1959

Have you checked out how much land is? Have you checked out how much it is to build another building? From your comments, I am assuming you haven't. Do you know what the DOT is paying these businesses? Again, no I don't think so. So your theory is that every restaurant do not provide good jobs, am I seeing that correctly? They do provide jobs for the community. We as workers are a part of the community. Also, what you don't know is that they are constantly donating money to charities, helping the less fortunate, helping the young people , assisting families that are with their families in the Hospice and the list could go on and on. For years, they have helped out a lot in Bettendorf, again these are facts. As I said in my first posting, Erv (the homeless man) wouldn't be alive today if it wasn't for Ross', for many years they have allowed him to sit there for hours to stay warm when it was cold and to stay out of the heat. As he laid across the street for a week for he couldn't walk, we delivered food and coffee to him daily and helped to find his brother the assistance he needed to get him to Iowa City, where they said that if he would have gone another two days, he would have died. So these are true facts and this is the type of people you are running down. If you don't like Ross' don't come, but again don't speak unless you have the all the facts. Smile and speak positive.

Asylum
Asylum

So do you refer to all restaurants as "Greasy Spoons"? Really I would like to know how you rate a restaurant. " I wasn't trying to imply they don't have healthy options as well." <----to quote you, maybe before they have to close, actually stop by there and look at the menu, not saying you have to eat, don't be cheap tho, have a drink, and not water while you're browsing the menu....after you see the prices, look around and see the amount of food you get for the price, for a "Family man", I would think you'd like the place. Yes, Ross's is a Landmark, tell me what fast food place has been around the QC area, as long as them? Name it!

Family man

45acb, I do get out, I just don't consider a greasy spoon restaurant like Ross's a landmark. If they get a fair market price for their location then they should be able to relocate without the taxpayers footing part of the bill for them. The jobs they offer are not good, how much do you think they pay a waitress? I'm sure it is well below minimum wage and the patrons are expected to pick up the slack by tipping.

45acp

First of all Family Man, it's not a greasy spoon unless you want it to be, perhaps you didn't know you can order healthy food there too? Did you know they buy a lot of their food locally, for example farm fresh eggs and produce? Of course you can pig out on bad food but you can just about anyplace. They are always busy, should tell you something. If you don't think people should be able to buy their food for health reasons you should also be focusing on McDonalds, Hardee's, Burger King, Red Robin, Texas Roadhouse, Maid-Rite, etc. They are being forced to move through no choice of their own, taxpayers are building the bridge, they should also help relocate all displaced businesses, not just select ones. I think you would be singing a different tune if it was your business or home. As far as a landmark goes, many of us have been going to Ross's for decades and have a lot of memories there, to us, yes, it is a landmark. But, you all know I hate Obama and I do with they would take his picture down!

brendajo1959
brendajo1959

The majority of their food is bought locally and they really believe in helping our community. You can't find that very often in today's society and I am proud to say that I work for Ross' for they gave me the chance that no other corporate office would and couldn't get a server position at any of the corporate chain restaurants for it can't prove it, but I am too old.

brendajo1959
brendajo1959

I have read all of your comments and you don't have clue on what is going on. They do not underpay their servers. They are required by federal law to pay us what every other restaurant has to pay. To say that we have to work a second job or be on welfare is an insult to me. I work there full-time and have never collected welfare. If we look at the welfare system, most don't work and live on the system. Now this is where the cuts should be. Ross' is very good to their employees and that is why the majority of their servers have been there for years. I have been there for almost three years and I have been treated better here than any other place. I am 54 years old and worked in the corporate world for over 30 years and was downsized and trying to locate another job is impossible and the corporate organizations don't care about us older workers, so after all the education and work experience I have acquired no one would hire me. God has blessed me with a job at Ross' and I am thankful every day. Most of the chain restaurants only want to hire younger people and there is a huge turnover constantly. The owner's father started this almost 70 years ago and it has survived, which I can't say about a lot chain establishments. They treat their customers like family and that is rare today. We need to get back to the way we use to run this country and care about people. You have commented before about only elderly people coming there, yes there is some elderly, but also middle aged and young people. To state such a statement about the elderly is so wrong. To see an older person come in by themselves and has no one in their life and you can give conversation and a smile, is worth more than you will ever know.. So before you state something, have the facts for it makes you sound like a very unhappy person.

Asylum
Asylum

I just realized after reading your posts to this point, you are Maxine's evil sister posing as a man! :-)

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45acp

There you go again, just go eat someplace else, i'm sure you're not welcome there.

jdzenz

Well said Brendajo!! Thay are all IDIOT with no clue!!!!!!!!

brendajo1959
brendajo1959

I sat and read each and every comment that was posted. This article was not about Obama, this article was about a business that has been around for a long time and is run by family, not the big corporation who do not care about their employees. For the comments that all they serve is "greasy food," apparently have not eaten there in a long time. The menu is dedicated to vegetarians and gluten free customers also. The comment that only the elderly visit Ross' is totally incorrect, for I see just as many middle aged and younger people daily. Everyone commenting have no idea on what is going on and any of the financial talks that have been said, so until you know the facts, you can't assume. The owners of Ross' do a lot for the community, donate to all types of charity, help others in need. If anyone knows Erv (the homeless man in Bettendorf) the owners of Ross' allowed him to come in and sit all night to stay out of the cold and to have food to eat and treated him like family for many years. Before he was taken to the hospital and almost died Ross' fed him for over a week, if it wouldn't have been for them he would have died from no food and no one trying to get him assistance. Now you are saying these people are bad,you don't even know them. this is what is wrong with this country today, everyone has their opinion, but no true facts. These owners have been very good to me and without them I would not have a job. So try to give positive enforcements instead of an opinion that you do not have the 100% factual information. As far as giving out the location of the new establishment,why would they release information to the public until everything is finalized and accepted. As I read a lot of these comments, I realized that there are a lot of people in this town that have nothing to do but badger others and have no clue on what is really going one. So for those who think that all we serve is "greasy food," you need to come in and look at our new menu and I know you will have a different opinion.

45acp

Well said, Ross's is a Bettendorf tradition and I sincerely hope they can relocate and stay in business.

Family man

There you go, play the race card. That's what they always do when they are not performing well at their jobs or schooling. Maybe we should dumb down the presidency for him the way they dumb down tests and ease up on job qualifications for minorities.

Family man

Williamforce, for one thing, I don't drink so your comment about me going to bars in the middle of the night is wrong. Second, I most certainly did not vote for Obama or any other liberal for that matter. What about my comments made you assume these things?

Family man

If you don't like the comments section of the online version of this paper, you don't have to look at them. You made a choice by clicking on the comments to see them, no one made you see them.

bailaw
bailaw

As is often the case, I had to go back and actually read the article to figure out what the story was about, something many posters didn't seem to do in the first place.

The restaurant is seeking relocation help. The city of Bettendorf seems willing, the the D.O.T. is required to offer a fair price anyway.

44 comments consisting largely of the right hates the left and the left hates the right.

I already knew that, and it has little if any relevance to the story.

The Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) took the bold move of eliminating online comments altogether. It is a much more readable paper for having done so.

Their reasoning is compelling: http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/editorial-vitriolic-words-online-merit-a-time-out/article_d61a95d6-a309-5a7c-83cd-b32b9ef0fb18.html


I highly recommend the same policy to the Quad City Times.

WilliamForce
WilliamForce

I agree with your comment. I first opened this article with no mention of Ross's and thought that I would at least share some thoughts about the restaurant during my life. Working in the government for so many years it has become secons nature to give tax incentives and to go back and forth regarding the land value and the true potential of the property relating to a dollar value. Its a rough process and I would hope that Ross's relocates in the downtown area close to the Isle of Capri.

WilliamForce
WilliamForce

Family man? Your opinion that only drunks visit this restaurant therefore it is not worth savings is so shortsided that I really feal sorry for your family as well as your neighbors and community. You voted for Obama and you are still bitter, but you cannot take it out on everyone else. This restaurant gives back to the community besides providing jobs and services, what do you do besides going to bars in the middle of the night?

Hereandhere

The Depot in Moline needed a community outcry to get it saved, not that I agree with the expense. Landmark status seems to be today's way to get somebody else to pay to retain something sentimental. Ross' had the benefit of location to help it become sentimental to some. Now it is time to see if it is more than location that is sentimental.

Family man

I don't agree with calling this place a "landmark" and giving any kind of special treatment. It is a privately owned business that serves food that is mediocre at best to drunks in the middle of the night. If that is what is considered a landmark that defines our area then we are in worse shape than I thought.

45acp

What a stupid comment Family Man. Ross's is a Bettendorf tradition, you need to get out once in awhile.

WilliamForce
WilliamForce

I have dined there since the early 70's with my family and continue to stop to have breakfast each day when we fly back from Arizona. In Arizona we support the buisnesses so I don't see why the Department of Transportation as well as the City of Bettendorf have not worked a land deal as well as compensated them so that Ross's would be keep in the general area with the great parking the present site has. This is a land mark and should be preserved as such so future generations have the tie to the past enabling us to remember it on a daily basis.

PainfullTruth

@wildrosie,

While you might not like the "taliban" screen name it is his choice and protected under Freedom of Speech, that is unless you work in the Obama administration and want to target non Liberal companies. Maybe that is why you don't like his name? Obama fan are you?

@longjohn412,

Are you really complaining about the "righties" being manipulated by a photo of Obama, yet you and your fellow puppets are led like blind sheep after a slogan of "Hope and Change" or "Forward"? After Benghazi, IRS scandal and AP wire tap scandals get more information brought out we will all clearly see what Obama meant. Cover ups, protecting his criminal Attorney General and Secretary of State is "Forward" for Obama. And you still follow him like the Messiah you voted for.

longjohn412

Benghazi?

Let's talk about Ronnie Reagan and Beirut where nearly 300 Americans died because of Reagan's ineptitude

Or the 13 Embassy attacks under Bush that got dozens of American killed

Like I said you RACISTS expose yourselves holding a Black President to a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT Standard than the 43 White Dudes that preceded him ... Benghazi PROVES that beyond all doubt ....

georgeandersonxyz

Longjohn, try to go a day without accusing someone of being racist. People like you pulling out the race card to justify the failures of folks who happen to be black is something this country needs less of.

Family man

What we learned from last November is that with enough freebies handed out at taxpayer expense you can buy an election with votes from people who normally don't care.

wildrosie

Everyone seems to have a comment regarding Obama. I personally am more concerned why someone would choose the user ID of "taliban" and better yet why the QC Times approved it. Also, to Billyboy, your time may be better spent taking an online spelling and typing course rather than express your one-sided comments.

billy hoyle

Lol this thread. There must be many tr*lls under the 74 bridge. Klaatu, you better ratchet it up, because Taliban1 is making you look lazy.

longjohn412

Like Pavlov's dog all you have to do is show a Rightie a picture of President Obama and the the response is exactly what their Authoritarian Masters trained it to be

And they are all clueless to how they are manipulated do easily ....

Woz

Let's just call this what it is. This is not an attempt by the Ross family to get fair compensation for their location. This is nothing more than an attempt to disproportionally PROFIT. A thinly veiled attempt to shakedown the tax payers for personal gain. I’d bet if you give them enough money they don’t rebuild.

senor citizen

The responses have been in inverse proportion to the importance of Ross' Restaurant. To call it a restaurant is like calling a fast food joint dining at it's best.

Hereandhere

Let us tear down Lagomarcino's, The Blackhawk Hotel, and Alcoa as well cuz Obama has been there too! Not a fan of the current President, but give it a rest.

SwingCheese

Agreed. I am also not an Obama fan, but in this case, who cares? The point is that a local restaurant is looking for local support. If you like Ross', support it. If you don't like Ross', don't support. It is as simple as that.

georgeandersonxyz

The thought of two things makes me sick- Obama, a inept president who was elected because he's black, and the "Magic mountain", a pile of greasy fries smothered in sickening cheese.

longjohn412

Elected because he is Black?????

BWA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

You Mathematical Geniuses want to explain how a 17% Minority can get over 50% of the vote?

Obama is President IN SPITE of being Black ....

And President Obama is held to a completely different standard than the 43 White Dudes that preceded him by Racists like you ....

rightthinker

90% of the racists voted for Obama, they are the blacks.
71% of the Hispanics voted for Obama, they are on welfare.

jdzenz

Rightthinker yonr not thinking right!!!!!!!!! SOOOOO FN STUPID!

Taliban1

I agree totally...Blacks elected him and whites who can't think for themselves or don't have job....

longjohn412

Yes insulting the Majority of Americans really does a lot of good for you guys

Didn't you learn ANYTHING from last November?

VEGAS

You are an fool , it was white progressives that are sick of Bush, Newt, Santorum, Cain, Bachman and the nit wit Romney along with the failed message of the GOP for the last thirty years. It is obvious you know nothing of politics ,while the state of Iowa has residents who make me proud to have been raised in Iowa by defeating right wing hate and fear. My guess id you are just a small minded, miserable person who is obese anyway and can't vote.

tsmith

Tear the place down.. Who gives a hoot that Obama went there.. that's even more reason to tear it down :)

Klaatu
Klaatu

Playing the Obama card is enough for me to not care one bit about what happens to them.

tsmith

I completely agree

Taliban1

Great comment Klaatu......You couldn't be more right....I'd be embarrassed if he ate in my dining establishment

OldVVKID

Billyboy, give it a break and stop being so obtuse with your irrelevant facts and threats of federal investigation. Ross, is iconic Bettendorf, and the City would be diminished if it is not maintained. All of the businesses being relocated need to be made whole as part of this. Budnite, this 60 year old is sitting here in Ross' posting with this iPhone, afterwards I will check on my friends on Facebook. As I look around me right now, there are at least 35 people under the age of 30 enjoying them self, several eating the infamous Magic Mountain. However you can usually find us old farts sitting at the counter.

Quad City DJ

I've always loved this restaurant -- they've been part of the fabric of our community since before some of us were born. Love their food, love the people. I'd rather buy my eggs and bacon from a local place with character than from a big restaurant chain, any day of the week. (Ideally every day of the week!)

I can't wait to see them open up in a great new location.

jdzenz

I agree! Lots of memories made there!

jdzenz

I agree, it is a landmark. Stop hating on them ! You all have know clue unless you have a business that has been forced to move!

budnight

Most of the regular people who pay patronage to Ross's (elderly) do not use Facebook, much less even heard of it.

Hereandhere

Has it been in the same location for 71 years or not, simple as that. Ross's needs to relocate as close to their old locale as possible, to be successful. Bettendorf has done this relocation and property buying stuff more than any city, I am sure they know what it takes and how much they really care if Ross's lives or dies. Uncle Pete's moved pretty successfully, I am sure a smart business owner can make it happen.

Billyboy56
Billyboy56

wildrose"
Ross' is in the shadow of the bridge. Saying it has been for 71 years is a criminal act if they arew saying it for a financial gain. Lying to Federal and State officials is a criminal matter. I'm sure this will be investigated and it will be considered a crime to get more federal highway funds from this stretch of truch. Especially since they are lying for profit. I guess they may not be around in the feds press charges. I will be sure I forward this article and intentional mis information to the right authorities.

Billyboy56
Billyboy56

WILDROSE:
This is not much different from the lady in Geneseo that bent the truth saying she had cancer when she didn't. The court convicted her about giving false information for thousands of dollars of donation.
WHATS THE DIFFERENCE? She bent the facts to get people to help her under false pretenses just like Ross' is.

longjohn412

Off your medication again Billy boy?

erikqc

What's up with Obama's face in the article photo? Bad Photoshop job? LOL

Billyboy56
Billyboy56

wildrosie: when I read the QC Times and other news and do read what it says.
The newspaper is suppose to bee factual not some high school essay where you can not report the facts so it sounds good. NEWS IS SUPPOSE TO BE FACT, NOT TWISTED TRUTH TO TRY TO GET SYMPANTHY SO THEY CAN TRY PUBLIC PRESSURE FOR A SWEETER DEAL.
IT IS LYING TO THE PUBLIC,

Santony25

I agree with QCA! I've never eaten there... Not into some of their food...(only heard of thru friends).

Billyboy56
Billyboy56

Up until the 70's when I-74 connected and they built the second bridge, the bridge started at State Street.
There was no off ramp just a stop light (similar to most bridges not on interstates.

The Moline-Bettendorf Memorial Bridge was a two toll bridge with just one span and DID NOT GO over Ross' 71 years ago.

I support Ross' and enjoy their food, they were not in the shadow of the bridge for 71 years.
The bridge didn't go that far.

I know this is Ross' way of trying to get more money my stretching their history into fiction. Look at the historic facts and real history before you jump on this bandwagon.

Shame on Rposs' for mis using history to make their history grander than it is.

LOOK THE FACTS UP ON CITY, STATE AND FEDERAL RECORDS. The truth is there.

wildrosie

Shame on YOU, Billyboy! I don't have to look up the historic facts, I lived them. I have lived in Bettendorf since 1950. Remember Jestels Clothing Store, Plumbs Carpet, Macs' Sporting Goods, Walkers Jewelry, Plaza Bowling Alley, K & K Electric & Hardware, Maxies Dinette, Marv's Tap, Brix Cleaners, Voelligers, S & L Grocery, Best Way Radio & TV, Chef's Hat, Stewarts Drugstore and Soda Fountain and Iowana? I could list many more, but the point is these were all "in the shadow of the bridge". Check your thesaurus. In the shadow of means: "A nearby or adjoining region; vicinity". Ross' and many other businesses ARE in the shadow of the I-74 bridge. You should stop taking everything in life so literally, otherwise, you are going to be the one showing up with an empty dinner plate when you are told to "bring a plate".

jdzenz

Idiot!,

jdzenz

Its not the city, its the dot. And they are not giving enough to these business owners to relocate! there is nothing they can do!! They gave more to apt. Renters than to the business owners whom deserve more! I know first hand! Im one of those owners and have sooooo not made a profit from my move, only a financial loss! Now im moved and have only larger financial debt because of being forced to move! And I have been in bussines for more than 20yrs. So you all have no clue!!!!!!!!!!! I have yet to find any help with any of the added costs I have had for my move. Im still in bettendorf, love my business but am now further in debt! This has nothing to do with obama ....we are all the same color when we turn out the lights and when cut......we all bleed red!!!!!!!!!!!

ExQC911

My guess as to why the City of Bettendorf has not offered Ross's relocation expenses at this time is that Ross's has not indicated where, if any where, they are going. I am sure the city can offer more if you relocate in Bettendorf and less if you relocate in say Davenport. When Ross's give the City some details the city can give Ross's more details.

QCA

While I am not sure why the city has not given them relocation expenses, Ross' restaurant has known about the need to relocate for nearly a decade. It is no surprise. They should have planned for this. I have little sympathy as a result.

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