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Big Swing Swinging Into Rock Island In March

February 21st, 2019

The Big Swing Brewing Company, located in the spot of the former Blue Cat Brew Pub at 113 8th St., Rock Island, will be opening in March prior to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, sources say. The new owners of The Big Swing are local real estate developers John Timmer, Shane Scott and Jon McAtee. The trio are the creative and financial force behind the new Backyard Bowl and Abides Bar, in the old Milan Lanes building, 2020 1st St. W, Milan. Some members of the Blue Cat staff will be moving to the Big Swing, so Cat fans can expect to see some familiar faces. It’s still up in the air as... Read More

Celebrate Noon Year’s Eve at Backyard Bowl!

December 28th, 2018

Looking for an earlier, family-friendly, way to bring in the new year? Celebrate Noon Year’s Eve this Monday Dec 31 at Backyard Bowl (2020 1st St. W Milan) at 11 a.m. with a New Year’s Countdown at Noon! For only $70 you can enjoy bowling for 4 (2 hours of bowling), shoes, 2 pizzas, a pitcher of soda and 40 game tokens! Party favors, glow bowling and fun for the whole family will be provided! To reserve your spot, send a message to Backyard Bowl on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Backyard-Bowl-Abides-Bar-and-Grill-189961698298849/. Or call (309) 558-1515.  Read More

Farewell, Blue Cat, You Were Beloved

September 7th, 2018

Farewell, old friend. Through murky magnificent memories of countless theater after-parties, lonely nights of last calls, the rushes of love and infatuation, passionate kisses and warm hands held, a very public breakup at the bar, a very public makeup off in a corner booth upstairs, huge smiles and laughs, big embraces from friends, solitary lunches with a notebook and a pen, business meetings and birthday celebrations, late nights and early mornings, and even a baby shower, the Blue Cat has been the setting for a large portion of my adult life, as well as the lives of many others. When the Cat... Read More

Labor Day Parades Across the Quad Cities!

September 1st, 2018

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. How do you plan to celebrate? There is no shortage of fun activities to enjoy in the Quad Cities this Labor Day weekend, that’s for sure! Whether you plan to enjoy the weekend with family or friends, don’t forget to check out one of the local Labor Day Parades! 34th Annual Rock Island Labor Day Parade Happening... Read More

Don’t Scotch The Scotch Egg! Blue Cat Fans Offer Pitches For Big Swing Menu

August 31st, 2018

Will the Scotch Egg be scotched? Will the soups survive? And will Arkham Stout be in, or out? Blue Cat Brew Pub will close its doors tonight, after 24 years in business, and soon, a new brew pub, Big Swing, will take its place after a few weeks of renovations. It’s still up in the air as to what Blue Cat menu items will be kept around beyond its demise. Brew master Dan Cleaveland will remain on staff for at least a year with the new venue, bringing his 60-plus beer recipes with him, so the chances of the BC brews still popping up in the new spot are high. But what about the food? As reported... Read More

Have Good Memories Of Blue Cat? Want Your Favorite Menu Items To Stick Around?

August 30th, 2018

Since opening in 1994, Blue Cat Brew Pub has been one of the favorite hangouts, restaurants and brew pubs for thousands of Quad-Citians, and been the spot for many great memories. As we near the Blue Cat’s closing date of Aug. 31, we’re asking you to share your favorite Blue Cat memories and menu items with us! Please feel free to email your favorite memories to Sean@QuadCities.com. This will be for an upcoming story about the Blue Cat, its customers and people’s favorite memories of the local hot spot. Also, please email your favorite Blue Cat menu items and beers to us as well at Sean@QuadCities.com.... Read More

Blue Cat’s New Owners Identified, New Direction Becoming Clearer

August 24th, 2018

EXCLUSIVE – The new owners of Rock Island’s Blue Cat Brew Pub, soon to be the Big Swing Brew Pub, are local real estate developers John Timmer, Shane Scott and Jon McAtee, according to a number of sources who asked not to be identified, and verified through city documents and applications. The sale to the trio was also confirmed Friday by Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms, during recording of an episode of the podcast QCUNCUT. The trio are the creative and financial force behind the new Backyard Bowl and Abides Bar, in the old Milan Lanes building, 2020 1st St. W, Milan, which is having its opening... Read More

New Backyard Bowl Hits A Strike For Great Food, Fun, Lebowski References

August 23rd, 2018

The new Backyard Bowl and Abides Bar is a fantastic addition to the local entertainment landscape, particularly as a draw in an area barren of other options – Milan and southwest Rock Island. The complex, at 2020 1st St. W, Milan, in the old Milan Lanes building, is a wonderful mix of high-tech bowling alley, sports bar, video game arcade and surprisingly delicious and eclectic gastro pub. Regardless of all the entertainment options, the food alone is enough of a draw, as the menu is full of tasty surprises, from flatbread pizzas featuring figs, pears and prosciutto to bourbon bacon burgers and... Read More

Calling All Aspiring Junior Chefs!

July 21st, 2018

Do you have an aspiring young chef in your home? Then they are going to love the newest classes available at the Milan Hy-Vee! The Milan Hy-Vee (201 W 10th Ave Milan) is offering Junior Chefs Camp (9-13 years old) from Tuesday Jul 24 through Thursday Jul 26 in the Conference Room and One Step Garden. Morning sessions will run from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and the afternoon sessions will be from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Allow your children to sharpen their cooking skills while having fun with other aspiring young chefs. Each class is led by Nina, Milan Hy-Vee’s store dietitian and will utilize produce from... Read More

Royal Ball Run For Autism Raising Awareness

June 22nd, 2017

There are 1 in 68 children diagnosed with autism each year. And thanks to local organizations, such as the Royal Ball Run for Autism, increasing awareness and support in our area is possible. The Royal Ball Run for Autism has donated more than $100,000 to local autism programs, including the Quad Cities Autism Center and the Augustana College Speech and Language Therapy program. And now they need your help to raise even more! On Friday June 23, the Royal Ball for all the Prince and Princesses will be held from 5-8 p.m. at the Camden Centre (2701 1st Street E Milan).  They will have bounce houses,... Read More

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