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A Proposal for the Davenport Riverfront

the Rhythm City Barge on the Davenport riverfront

Now that the riverboat casino is gone, the city of Davenport is trying to decide what might replace it, if anything. Tuesday afternoon, the city council will review a proposal from Restoration Saint Louis.

That's the same company that renovated the Hotel Black Hawk and several other downtown buildings, and is currently working on the City Square Project.

Vice President of Development, Chris Caskey-Dougherty, says the proposal includes a brew pub and "event space" on the barge and a patio with a beer garden on land. 

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the canopy or port-cochere

"We want to conserve the green space that's already there. We actually want to enlarge the green space to have outdoor areas. But we want to have this as a place that people can come to for dinners, for happy hours, and to go to before concerts."

The canopy, or port-cochere, left over from the casino would be kept as an entrance to the barge. 
The city council work session begins at 4 pm, in Davenport city hall. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.