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Brew food

Bill Sheeder says Sunday brunch at Brew is a must-try. Take this plate of biscuits and gravy, for example. 

Stephanie Sellers and Bill Sheeder recently got engaged, but the duo say they're “more married than some married couples."

The Quad-City couple own Brew in Davenport's East Village and are gearing up to open Baked Beer and Bread Co., a bakery-restaurant that will offer “beer and beer related items” — it’s expected to open in July in the space of what is now Woodland Gallery, 1111 Mound St.

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Together, they're on a mission to create quality, yet casual, dining and drinking spaces. And they accomplish much of it working apart.

Brew serves up the best of both worlds

The best parts of Brew happened on accident.

On a morning walk by the former coffee shop on the corner of East 11th Street and Jersey Ridge Road in Davenport, Bill Sheeder casually asked the owner if he might sell the space someday.

They made a handshake deal that night. Sheeder went home to inform his then-girlfriend, Stephanie Sellers, they had bought a cafe. Brew opened in October 2014.

“It was this hugely spontaneous thing, and probably scared Steph a lot.” [READ MORE]


The 'lost art' of baking bread from scratch

Walk into Stephanie Sellers small kitchen, and she'll apologize for the big mess.

Her counters are sprinkled white with flour, and her bright-red mixer is never clean for long.

She spill bits of sesame seeds and splatters oil on her apron. A piece of paper with recipes shows splotches of each ingredient.

"It's this lost and ancient art," Sellers, who is 28, said. "It’s not a super ordinary thing anymore, but that’s what I like about it.” [READ MORE]

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Amanda Hancock is a reporter covering food, arts and entertainment in the Quad-Cities (and beyond).