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Q. I am looking to find out if anyone knows the name of the bulldog from the old Paradise Theater? -- Diana

A. If you are asking about the bulldog at the Paradise Theater, 1715-1717 5th Ave., Moline, owned by Abe Brotman, according to an article published Tuesday, April 5, 1977, in the Quad-City Times, the name of the English bulldog was Debbie.

According to the article, "He (Abe Brotman) recalls when his English bulldog, Debbie, was a regular attraction at the Paradise. She'd sit right by the box office window and when people would put down their money, she'd pick it up in her mouth and put it right down in the cash register. Why, people used to come into the theater just to give the dog money. She swallowed a quarter once Mrs. Brotman remembers."

Brotman used to greet guests in a tuxedo. He also recalled that in its heyday the Paradise had a doorman, two ushers and a man in the middle of the foyer directing moviegoers to their seats.

The Paradise Theater went on the auction block on Thursday, Aug. 26, 1982, according to an article published in the Quad-City Times on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 1982.

To read more about the Paradise Theater, Moline; Abe Brotman and Debbie, the English bulldog, visit

Q.  When will Long John Silver's/A&W Root Beer on Brady Street in Davenport reopen? -- Sharon, Bettendorf

A. We contacted Nellis Management Company, Urbandle, Iowa. They are listed as the registered agent or reserving party for Long John Silver's/A&W Root Beer, 3702 N. Brady St., Davenport, on the Business Entities Search on the Iowa Secretary of State's website. Audrey Veatch, executive assistant for Nellis Management Company, responded:

"Unfortunately, we hit some delays and it now looks like April or May."

An early-morning fire heavily damaged the restaurant on 3:58 a.m. Sunday, April 9, 2017. The estimated damage was $100,000 to the property and $50,000 to the contents. Fire crews arrived to find smoke showing on the exterior of the building. "Firefighters forced entry into the locked business where no employees were present at the time," said Davenport District Fire Chief Joe Smith in an article by Quad-City Times reporter Linda Cook published Tuesday, April 11, 2017, in the Quad-City Times.

The cause of the blaze was determined to be accidental, according to then Davenport Fire Marshal Mike Hayman in a follow up article by Cook published Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in the Quad-City Times. The blaze started in the east side interior of the drive-up cubicle located on the south side of the building, Hayman said. It was not a grease fire or arson, according to the article. Michael J. Hayman, 62, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. He was assistant fire chief and fire marshal for Davenport.

Nellis Management Company originally had estimated Long John Silver's/A&W Root Beer would reopen at the end of 2017.

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