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The Quad-Cities' taste of Mardi Gras returned to The District in Rock Island last weekend, bringing food, music, beads, masks and more to the …

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Mama Compton's restaurant, a fixture in downtown Rock Island since 2003, is closing its doors. But the owner is determined to reopen next year in a new location. Psyndy Compton-Muse, who co-owns the homey eatery with her son, Robert Wakeland, said the restaurant will close with a Halloween bash from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday.

"It's time for us to say 'We've got to find a better place,'" she said Thursday, criticizing the downtown's nightlife and The District. "In order, as a small business, to thrive, we need this downtown area to be growing, and we decided that is not happening."

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