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Jun 15, 2017

Six months after fire closed a popular Quad Cities restaurant, it's re-opened. A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday in Davenport for Lunardi's Italian Restaurant.

A fire truck sits in front of a building with smoke pouring out of the roof as Rock Island firefighters try to put out a fire at Jake O's Grille on Blackhawk Road in Rock Island.
Todd Mizener / Dispatch & Rock Island Argus

Traffic on Blackhawk Road in Rock Island is still blocked between 24th and 30th streets due to a fire. Around 4:00 a.m., firefighters were called to Jake O's Grille in the 2900 block, next to the Virdi Eye Clinic.

Blackhawk Road had to be closed because the fire hydrants are located on the north side with the restaurant on the south. And the building is located close to the road without room for fire trucks in the parking lot.


Restaurants, hotels, gas stations, and local economies will suffer for several years because Illinois doesn't have a budget. On Wednesday in Moline, officials from the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, members of the Illinois and Iowa restaurant associations, and others met to highlight the effects of the problem.

Bud's Skyline Inn /

The Quad City Airport hopes to attract more retail development after buying more property. Yesterday, the airport authority voted to buy Bud's Skyline Inn and the owner's house next door for 905,000 dollars. Director, Bruce Carter, says the land will generate property tax revenue, and the airport will receive rent.  The Quad City Airport already bought the former Flick's property and plans to market the entire nine acres.