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Ribbon Cutting 11-12-12, 1 PM, for Goombazz Big City Eatzz PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Glenn Kass   
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:14
Ribbon cutting Monday, Nov. 12th at 1 PM to celebrate the grand opening of Goombazz Big City Eatzz in Rock Island.

This event celebrates the public-private partnership between the City of Rock Island and the local ownership of new small business Goombazz Big City Eatzz on the return of a building to the tax base of Rock Island as well as over 40 newly-created full and part-time jobs. Please contact Glenn Kass, Catch Driver Marketing, at (309) 269-3634, (309) 797-2771 or via reply to this email to confirm attendance. As always, we thank you for any coverage you can provide for this event.

WHO: Mayor Dennis Pauley and leadership from City of Rock Island; Brenda Brewer and Sal Cracco - managing owners of Goombazz Big City Eatzz
WHAT: Ribbon Cutting for Grand Opening of Goombazz Big City Eatzz
WHEN: Monday, November 12th - 1 PM
WHERE: Goombazz Big City Eatzz (2704 18th Ave., Rock Island)
WHY: Celebrating a public-private partnership between Goombazz owners and City of Rock Island; in addition, there will be presentations of funds raised for Family Resources, Inc. and The Center for Youth and Family Solutions during sneak-preview events held earlier

Cody Road Whiskies Hitting Shelves In Full Force PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Burchette   
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 13:19

Le Claire, Iowa, October 29, 2012 – Mississippi River Distilling Company is excited to announce the arrival of their new Cody Road Rye Whiskey along with the first large scale release of Cody Road Bourbon Whiskey.

Cody Road Rye is handmade from 100% local rye purchased from Dave and Jim Wherry in Fulton, Illinois. This whiskey is a unique spirit that showcases the wonderful spiciness of rye, a one-of-a-kind grain, along with the delicate fruitiness that is often lost in rye whiskies.

“It all started a little over a year ago when we first released our Windmill Rye Whiskey as a seasonal product,” says Ryan Burchett, owner and distiller.  “People went crazy for it and really appreciated tasting a full rye whiskey.  We decided this needed to be a staple and went into production right away.  The big difference is this whiskey has twice the age on it.”

Cody Road Rye is distilled at a higher proof than is typical so it is a nice, clean smooth whiskey with the ful spiciness that rye is known for.  “The spice warms up your mouth, but the clean spirit goes down your throat smooth, which makes it perfect for Manhattans!”  Burchett says.

Along with the arrival of the new rye whiskey, fans should also be excited to know that the highly sought after Cody Road Bourbon should be easier to find now.  “In the past year, we’ve released about 5,000 bottles of whiskey total.  We’ll release over 17,000 bottles in the next 8 weeks alone.  We’ll be carrying that increased production into 2013.  So fans should be able to get their hands on our whiskies a little easier now.”

The name comes from William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, who was born in LeClaire and was regarded as a regular purveyor of whiskey.  Legend has it that rye whiskey was his spirit of choice.

Ryan and his brother Garrett Burchett have been cranking out production on this whiskey so it will be easier to find around the state of Iowa and surrounding states.  They plan to release over 1,000 bottles each week, with still more full barrels in storage for aging purposes.  This will make a great holiday gift for any whiskey lover on your list!

The distillery opens at 10 AM on Friday, Nov. 2 with the first bottles of the whiskey available then.  Retailers around Iowa, Illinois and surrounding states will also have the whiskies for sale.

To get a free taste of this new spirit, join us Friday, November 2 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. to celebrate at MRDC’s First Friday Feature.  There will be specialty cocktails prepared for the evening as well as some light appetizers.

Mississippi River Distilling Company is open from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 5 PM Sundays.  Free tours are offered to the public daily on the hour from 12 to 4 PM or by appointment.  The tour takes visitors through the entire distilling process.  Tours end in the Grand Tasting Room with free samples of products for those patrons over 21 years of age.


NorthPark Mall Adds Savory Sandwiches and Wraps PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Aleisha Chiesa   
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 12:38
Subway is now open at NorthPark Mall

With over 37,000 restaurants in 99 countries, Subway is now open at
NorthPark Mall. The delicious menu offers something for everyone. Try
one of their fresh fit sandwiches, breakfast wraps or $5 Footlongs™ for
breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Subway will be the 13th food option inside the mall, along with Olive
Garden in the outer perimeter. Subway is located next to Icing. For more
information on this opening, visit or follow
us on Twitter @NorthParkMallIA and like us on Facebook

NorthPark Mall
320 West Kimberly Road
Davenport, IA 52806


Macerich is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment
trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and
redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States. Additional information
about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at

News Releases - Food & Dining
Written by Jon Tunberg   
Monday, 29 October 2012 13:52

Whitey’s Ice Cream, Inc. was awarded 1st place in the “Open Class Division” of the World Dairy Expo for its entry of Graham Central Station ice cream. The flavor scored a 99.9% out of a possible 100 Points. Mr. Gary Neer, Plant Manager for Whitey’s Ice Cream, was in Madison, Wisconsin to receive the award.


For years, Whitey’s has been known as: “The Best in the Midwest”, but after receiving this latest award they could be called: “The Best in the World!”

NewBo City Market Opens Saturday, October 27th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sarah Ordover   
Monday, 29 October 2012 12:59

New regional attraction features the BEST of Iowa food from across the State!

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Ringing of the Market Bell at 9:45 am

This weekend marks the official opening of the NewBo City Market, the area’s major new Iowa attraction featuring food entrepreneurs from around the State.  This 2-day celebration features a full schedule of events for the whole family.  (See attached)

Located in a reclaimed, flood-ravaged industrial site in the heart of Cedar Rapids’ New Bohemia district, the NewBo City Market is a multi-faceted gathering place where local merchants provide fresh food products and experiences.

Quick Facts about the Market:

  • Year-round Market sits on one full city block at the intersection of 3rd Street and 12th Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids
  • 18,000 sq. ft. Rotary Hall is home to 25 independent, local and permanent merchants
  • Merchants from across the region sell a variety of:

o   Meats & cheeses

o   Local produce

o   artisan breads and baked goods

o   ethnic foods and spices

o   cut flowers

  • Kirkwood Culinary Kitchen is a state-of-the-art learning center for hands-on culinary and nutrition education
  • NewBo City Market Distribution Center – 3,000 sq. ft. for processing and storage of produce and farm products for non-retail distribution to the hungry
  • Outdoor Square/Yard for outdoor markets, concerts, fairs and performances
  • Children’s Play Area & Learning Garden (coming Spring 2013)

Hours:  Thursdays (4pm-8pm), Saturdays (8am-8pm) and Sundays (10am-6pm)

For more information:


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