Sean Moeller, left, Devon Wiese, Dan Bush and Rich Cooksey are partners in renovating the former Musicians Union building (304 E. 3rd St.) in downtown Davenport, into a new bar and live music venue. The Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel.
DAVENPORT -- Sean Moeller, co-founder of Daytrotter, is partnering to renovate the former Musicians Union building at 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport, into a new bar and live music venue called The Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel.Scheduled to open March 30, the site will accommodate about 80 people for shows, which Mr. Moeller said would be fairly often."For the most part, it'll be the rare day you won't see someone playing there," he said.
Mr. Moeller said he's talked for a while with partner Dan Bush, co-owner of the Analog Arcade Bar at 304 Brady St., about the new project. The other partners are Mr. Bush's father-in-law, Rich Cooksey, and Devon Wiese."We've been wanting to do something together for a long time; it made a lot of sense," said Mr. Moeller said, noting the business will not include a motel; the name is a play on a favorite animal of his. "It's going to be more of the same, keep the quality high."Mr. Bush said he wanted to grow the nightlife in Davenport."I'm just trying to do things in the downtown region to grow the number of young people," he said. "I love music. I love what Sean does. I thought it would be a good fit to team up."A Davenport native, Mr. Bush settled here after graduating from DePaul University 11 years ago. He operated a Jimmy John's franchise for eight years until June 2016. Mr. Cooksey, Mr. Wiese and two others co-own Analog in the renovated 1918 Scott County Savings Bank previously vacant since the '90s.Mr. Bush and Mr. Cooksey also own two buildings next to the future Triple Crown Whiskey bar, one of which will become a restaurant."We want to save these buildings," Mr. Bush said. "We think they're great, have a lot of natural character.
"Rich and I both love old houses, have renovated together," he said. "There are a lot of hidden gems downtown we want to tap into."The renovated 1,300-square-foot building will include an outdoor patio and a wide assortment of whiskey and exclusively canned beers -- from cheap domestics to higher-priced import and craft beers.The first show on March 30 will feature Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Dent May. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of show. Mr. Moeller books weeknight shows year-round in the Village of East Davenport and has been happy with the turnout, including 70 for recent shows at Baked."It feels like there's a lot of really good momentum, conditioning people to support these things," he said.