MRN Top 25 business stories: Announcements of new restaurants satisfy appetite of readers

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There were many new business developments in Quincy in 2023 and Muddy River News told you about most of them. Here are the ones that interested you the most, based on our analytics.

1. Quincy City Planner Chuck Bevelheimer said in August (without personally saying it was Raising Cane’s) the prospective restaurant must work within Target’s traffic parameters for construction but would like to be open by the end of 2023. However, nothing much has happened at the site.

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Raising Cane's, national restaurant chain specializing in chicken fingers, coming to 36th and Broadway

QUINCY — Now that Target has finally opened its doors, Quincy shoppers want to know what businesses will be filling three parcels of property on the northeast corner of 36th and Broadway. Muddy River News has confirmed through multiple sources that Raising Cane’s, an American fast-food restaurant chain specializing in chicken fingers, will be built on a…
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2. Kevin Prow, a 1996 graduate of Quincy Notre Dame High School, believes the ingredients are what makes baked stand out. “We make everything from scratch that we can,” he said. “We make our own dough and sauce. We make our own sausage and grind our own cheese. We chop up every green pepper and every onion and every bit of garlic that goes through the place.”

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Galesburg pizza joint that ranks No. 1 in Illinois, No. 40 in nation owned by Quincy native

GALESBURG, Ill. — You don’t have to leave Galesburg to experience the best pizza in Illinois or one of the top 100 pizzas in America. Yelp recently released its Top 100 Pizza Places for 2023, and baked at 57 S. Seminary in Galesburg comes in at No. 40 overall and No. 1 in Illinois. Yelp, the mobile app that…
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3. The company announced the move in June but has yet to announce what the final project will be. Gerry Kettler, NFI Director of Consumer Affairs, said, “This store is unlike anything we have ever offered.” The NFI grocery store at 24th and Spring was remodeled and changed its name from County Market to Niemann’s in July.

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County Market at 48th and Broadway to close, rebrand

QUINCY — Niemann Foods, Inc. (NFI) is redeveloping its store at 48th and Broadway. The company announced the move on Tuesday, but is keeping the plans of what the final project will be under wraps for now. “Niemann’s is very excited to bring this concept to their home town of Quincy,” said Gerry Kettler, NFI Director…
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4. The HyVee at 3700 Broadway is the fifth HyVee in Illinois to have a Wahlburgers, with the others in Bloomington, Peoria, Peru and Springfield. Wahlburgers is a casual dining restaurant and bar chain owned by chef Paul Wahlberg and his brothers, actors Donnie Wahlberg and Mark Wahlberg.

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Grand opening for Wahlburgers restaurant in HyVee on Broadway set for April 18

QUINCY — The HyVee grocery store at 3700 Broadway will be adding a Wahlburgers restaurant next month. District Store Director Tad Gallaher said the grand opening is set for April 18 as the store is being remodeled. It will be the fifth HyVee in Illinois to have a Wahlburgers, with the others in Bloomington, Peoria,…
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5. Tory Kaufmann, a spokesman for Marx Commercial Properties and Development Company, said in August the building likely will be home for six tenants, and he expects them all to be retail outlets. However, the names of those retail outlets have yet to be announced.

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Marx building at 63rd and Broadway likely to be complete by December, so what's going in there?

QUINCY — A spokesman for Marx Commercial Properties and Development Company says construction of a 24,000 square foot building in the Prairie Trails Shopping Center at the corner of 63rd and Broadway likely will be complete by December. However, you will have to continue waiting to find out what types of business will be in that…
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6. Jared Tipton’s food truck evolved into a storefront at the corner of Sixth and Maine. “The atmosphere we’re going for here is Sunday lunch at Grandma’s house,” Kim Tipton said. “Very inviting. Very comforting. We have the community table that seats 24, so if you come in by yourself, or it’s just two, sit at the community table and spark a conversation with someone you may have never met before.” 

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8te Open is open...and all in

QUINCY — The corner of Sixth and Maine came alive last weekend, as the doors were open for 8te Open’s friends and family event. It was the Tipton family’s first showing of their new storefront and the start to their three-part grand opening. The second part consisted of a soft opening, Wednesday through Saturday with a…
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7. Tom Marx, owner of Marx Commercial Properties and Development Company, said NextSite “had absolutely nothing” to do with bringing Verizon Wireless and Planet Fitness to Quincy. “Never heard of NextSite. Never dealt with NextSite,” said Mike Hamilton, chief operating officer and founding partner of Planet Fitness Midwest. The Quincy City Council still has yet to vote on a $15,000 payment to NextSite.

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Developer, COO say NextSite did nothing to deserve $15,000 success fee to recruit Planet Fitness to Quincy

QUINCY — A resolution on the agenda for Monday night’s meeting of the Quincy City Council asks for aldermen to approve a $15,000 success fee to NextSite, LLC, for the recruitment of Planet Fitness to Quincy. However, the developer of the property and a Planet Fitness representative both say NextSite was not involved in bringing…
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8. “It’s just not profitable, and there are so many regulations and stuff put on by your governor,” IHOP owner Larry McDonald said. “He’s adding on new things for next year like paid time off, and minimum wages are going up, just making it more difficult.” The restaurant closed in May and remains empty.

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'I’m just not going to keep losing money': Owner shuts down Quincy's IHOP restaurant

QUINCY — The owner of IHOP Restaurant, 3311 Broadway is closing because of difficulty in hiring employees and new paid leave laws. Owner Larry McDonald posted a sign on the door at the restaurant after it closed for the last time Saturday night. It read, “Unfortunately, our local IHOP has closed its doors. We will…
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9. A hookah lounge, also sometimes referred to as a shisha parlor, is where patrons can gather and smoke from a hookah pipe. Hookah lounges in the United States are popular in college towns in settings such as bars, nightclubs and cafes. The hookah menu serves shisha and herbal mixes. The shisha will have different flavor options. The cafe carries Al Fakhar, which is like the Starbucks of shisha.

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A Whole New World: Greenhaus Café opens as Quincy’s first hookah lounge and café

Greenhaus Café, 212 N. Sixth, opens its doors as Quincy’s first hookah lounge for an open house on Thursday. Owner Beth Busbey invites everyone to come in and enjoy different menu item samples, both hookah and café, free of charge to celebrate her grand opening and the holiday. She will provide tutorials along with full…
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10. Pancheros will be owned by Jon and Amanda Morris of Keokuk, Iowa, who signed a lease with Marx in May. They said in September they hoped for the business to be operational shortly after Christmas. Pancheros is likely best known for making its fresh-pressed tortillas. The Morrises also own the Sonic at 1501 Broadway.

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Keokuk couple bringing Tex Mex restaurant chain to building at 30th and Broadway, plan to open after Christmas

QUINCY — A Tex Mex chain that opened its first restaurant in Iowa City, Iowa, and now has more than 70 locations in 13 states is coming to Quincy. Pancheros Mexican Grill, headquartered in Coralville, Iowa, will fill one of three spaces for retail businesses in a building on the northeast corner of 30th and…
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The rest of the top 25

  • 11. Goodwin hopes to duplicate success of Pittsfield’s Red Dome Inn by opening Frank’s Place at 10th and Hampshire 
  • 12. Messmer turning former pasta restaurant into community event space 
  • 13. Property manager for Marx says Planet Fitness deal finalized, opening in fourth quarter likely 
  • 14. Selby Implement sold to Champaign-based farm and construction equipment dealer 
  • 15. Former Golden Corral restaurant to be converted into plasma collection center by first quarter of 2024 
  • 16. Troup: Target date for opening of Quincy’s Target store likely to be in August 
  • 17. Payson friends hoping to create ‘barcade’ atmosphere in downtown Quincy location 
  • 18. Settling the Score – A Scoreboard Story 
  • 19. Quincy’s Target is open 
  • 20. ‘It helps out the whole town’: Camp Point couple renovates downtown brick building into 10-room hotel 
  • 21. Ask MRN: What’s going on at the old Wright’s Auto Parts property on North 24th Street? 
  • 22. Seattle-based group buys former Eagle’s Nest hotel, which has been closed since February 2021 
  • 23. Niemanns unveils 24th Street store rebrand 
  • 24. Downtown cider house plans to open in spring; owners also plan to offer mead, their ‘secret weapon’ 
  • 25. The Coffee Barn: It’s a family endeavor 

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