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Joegurt Now Available at East Moline, IL Happy Joe’s PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Johanna Smith   
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 08:51
Franchise Owner Recognized as Happy Joe’s Franchisee of the Year

The East Moline Happy Joe’s has joined the craze and launched Joegurt, a self-serve yogurt offering eight flavors and four twist options.  Flavors include Orange Sorbet, Red Velvet Cake, Peanut Butter Cup, Snickerdoodle, Triple Chocolate, Pumpkin and more.  Guests fill their own cup with their favorite Joegurt flavor(s) and then head to the toppings bar to finish their creation with an assortment of 21 topping options, including fruit, candies, cookies, sprinkles, and three flavors of Ghiradelli syrups. Joegurt is priced by the ounce. 

“Since launching at three previous locations, Joegurt has received rave reviews from the guests,” says Mick Mapes, Happy Joe’s franchisee.  “We are looking forward to offering our guests a high quality self-serve yogurt which gives them the opportunity to choose from a menu of 12 yogurt flavors and 21 toppings.  It’s a great addition to the East Moline store.”

Lower in calories and cholesterol, Happy Joe's Joegurt helps maintain your general digestive health. The new Joegurt is a low or non-fat, guiltless, frozen dairy treat made with probiotics (friendly bacteria that’s good for you). It’s like eating ice cream that’s really healthy! Guests are also able to opt into a text marketing program to receive a free Joegurt just for joining.

The East Moline Happy Joe's is also celebrating its recent awards at the annual franchise meeting including Happy Joe’s Franchisee of the Year awarded to Mick Mapes.  Mr. Mapes is the proud owner of stores in East Moline, Rock Island and Colona, IL.  Mapes honors included a 35-Year Award for his East Moline store, 30-Year Award for his Rock Island store, an achievement award for surpassing $1 million in sales, and three prestigious Founder’s Awards for his Colona, East Moline and Rock Island stores respectively.  He was also the first inductee into the Happy Joe’s Hall of Fame.

“Mick is a role model, teacher and a leader.  He is a committed partner that has proven over the years his passion and love for the business,” said Kristel Whitty-Ersan Happy Joe's Director of Marketing.  “Over our long history with this loyal, committed franchisee, we have grown to respect him deeply and to appreciate all of his contributions to the Happy Joe's company.”

Thanksgiving at Thunder Bay Restaurant PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anne Coffman   
Thursday, 03 November 2011 15:13
Thursday, November 24th 11am-3:30pm

Thunder Bay, Brady St, Davenport, Ia is serving a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet on Thursday, November 24th, from 11am-3:30pm. They will be serving all of your Thanksgiving favorites such as Turkey, Stuffing, Baked Ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied carrots, assorted desserts and much more.Adults-$15.99, Children (age 15-10)-$7.99, 4 and under: free. Make your reservations today by calling 563-386-2722.


Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse is having a Thanksgiving Buffet PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anne Coffman   
Thursday, 03 November 2011 15:11
The Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse in Moline is having a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet on November 24th Thanksgiving Day from 11am-3pm. Serving all of your Thanksgiving favorites with all the trimmings. Adults-$20, Children-$10, high chair age: Free. Make your reservations today by calling 309-736-0100 or online at

Local Crepe Chefs serving up deliciousness at Dunn Bros. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick Martin   
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 12:01

Sunday mornings, treat yourself to something sweet.  Or something savory.  Treat yourself to La Lou Crepes!

Serving from 9am until 1pm inside Dunn Brothers Coffee at 787 Middle Road in Bettendorf, Lou and Chad create delicious crepes for you to enjoy.  The menu changes each Sunday, and some of the most recent flavors have been Banana Split, Chicken & Waffles, Nutella & Banana, Green Eggs & Ham, and Very Berry Banana.  There is at least one sweet selection and one savory selection each Sunday.

Add a Dunn Bros. coffee or tea beverage and you have yourself an nice breakfast or brunch.

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MRDC Releases New Coffee Liqueur at November First Friday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ryan Burchett   
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 11:27

Le Claire, Iowa, October 31, 2011 – Mississippi River Distilling Company is excited to announce the release of their second seasonal product, Iowa Coffee Company Liqueur, on November 4, 2011.  MRDC is once again partnering with an Iowa business on this product, this time Iowa Coffee Company from the Des Moines area.  The new spirit will be perfect for holiday gatherings and as a unique gift.

“The whole idea of the seasonal spirits is to bring some unique products to the market and also partner with other local businesses,” Ryan Burchett, MRDC owner and distiller, says.  “We were really excited that we knew someone in Iowa who was an experienced artisan coffee roaster.”

MRDC takes Iowa Coffee Company’s hand roasted Peruvian blend and infuses it into River Pilot Vodka.  Along the process, fresh cinnamon sticks and vanilla beans are added.  As a seasonal product, this is a limited, one time bottling with approximately 4,000 bottles for distribution.

MRDC features two signature cocktails at each First Friday.  This month we’ll have Mississippi Night for visitors to try, which is iced coffee with Iowa Coffee Company Liqueur (ICCL) and River Baron Vodka.  The second cocktail will be a Stone Post, a wonderful fall concoction.  It’s a mixture of apple cider, ginger simple syrup and River Pilot Vodka topped off with ginger beer.  Chef Stephanie Godke has also come up with three new recipes using MRDC products.  We’ll give samples of ICCL grilled skirt steak with a coffee dry rub, ICCL brownies with cappuccino frosting and River Rose Gin pear cake.

Iowa Coffee Company (ICC) owner Tom Sibbernsen has been roasting coffee for over 20 years.  Sibbernsen originally got started in the coffee business with a friend in Omaha and then moved back to his roots in Iowa to start ICC.  He had a coffee shop inside of Des Moines’ Mercy Hospital for 11 years and now sells his sought after beans through his website and at the popular downtown Des Moines farmer’s market.

“I thought the collaboration was a great idea,” Sibbernsen remarks.  “The reason I named my business ‘Iowa Coffee Company’ was not only because Iowa is where it was founded, but also because my business mission is to represent the core values of hard work, honesty, and friendliness that are characteristic of our state.  I know that Ryan and his team at MRDC share those values as well.”

Burchett says there aren’t many local artisan coffee roasters in Iowa and he was really excited about what Sibbernsen was bringing to the market.  “We thought it would be a great partnership to take fresh, locally roasted beans and combine them with our local farm fresh spirits.”

“This was a great opportunity to collaborate with another locally focused Iowa business and combine our products to create something completely new,” Sibbernsen says.  “It’s very satisfying to see ICC’s name not only on a coffee bag, but teamed with MRDC on a bottle.  Partnerships like this are a great way to help two quality businesses producing local artisan products expand their customer base within the state of Iowa.”

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.  Mississippi River Distilling Company’s next product, Cody Road Whiskey, will be released in December 2011.

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