Baked Beer and Bread Company intends to serve each of the items in its name — and more.
The newest business — also called Baked — in the Village of East Davenport added music to its menu Tuesday with a grand opening concert featuring electronic group Basecamp.
"It's exciting to have our debut as a venue," Stephanie Sellers, who co-owns Baked, said. "The space is perfect, so it would be a disservice to not music here. It was built for it."
Sellers and her fiance Bill Sheeder opened the bakery portion of Baked in November. A restaurant and in-house brewery are coming in the next month or so to the property, which was formerly the home of Woodland Gallery.
"It's all intimidating," she said. "We believe in it so much that it can be scary."
Meanwhile, the pair's other business, Brew, the coffee shop, bar and restaurant on the corner of 11th Street and Jersey Ridge Road is up for sale.
The venue at Baked, tucked behind the front-of-the-house bakery holds just over 200 people and is outfitted with wooden accents floors, and an American flag taking over one wall.
"It has this underground vibe," Sellers said. "It almost makes you think of a speakeasy."
Baked will host concerts several times per week where food and music will meet, including late-night after parties, brunches and monthly supper clubs. When the restaurant is ready, expect specialty meals that incorporate elements from the establishment's namesake.
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"The food is going to be all carbs all the time, all the delicious," she said. "Our goal is to have a personality — to be fun, unique and a little bit carefree."
Alex Mahaffey, who frequents shows around the Quad-Cities, was impressed with his first look at Baked on Tuesday.
"It looks different than any other music space here — it's in between the large and open venues and those small spaces that get packed," he said. "It's important to have a lot of spaces for different kinds of music and keep doing new things that get more people out."
And Sean Moeller, acting as the venue's booking manager, said the Village of East Davenport needed a cozy space such as Baked.
"It's a void we've had to be able to combine entertainment and food this way," he said. "Now we can do a really different version of a dinner and a show."
Moeller plans to host shows at Baked, along with The Village Theater, for his upcoming music festival, GAS Feed and Seed, which is set for Feb. 16-18.
"It's been kind of deceptive so far; people walking by have no idea what's back behind the bakery and down the steps," he said.
Baked is continuing the music this week with a show, featuring Sister Wife, slated for 7 p.m. Saturday and a Super Bowl pregame show, with music from Susto, set for 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
"There's something different in store with this venue," Moeller said. "It's the only place like it in the Quad-Cities."