June 27, 2006

Bass St. Chop House to open Thursday

After the abrupt closing of the Blue Ribbon restaurant in downtown Moline under still mysterious circumstances, a new joint is scheduled to open in it's place.
Nearly five months after the closing of Blue Ribbon Steakhouse at Bass Street Landing, another upscale steakhouse will open its doors in the same spot.

Bass Street Chop House, at 1601 River Drive, will formally open Thursday at 4 p.m. for cocktails and 5 p.m. for dinner. The restaurant is managed by Orchestrate Management & Associates, a Des Moines-based hospitality management company which also oversees Centro, a popular urban-style Italian eatery in downtown Davenport.

"Quad-Cities restaurant-goers have been anxiously awaiting the opening of Bass Street Chop House," general manager Guy Lampe said in a press release. "It will be worth the wait. The menu is exceptional in quality and value, and our 35-member full-time restaurant team is superior in experience and service standards."
Local chef Joel Ryser, chef at the Blue Ribbon, will have the same position with the new restaurant.

Well, let's see if this one works.


At 6/28/2006 1:35 PM, Blogger del said...

No way can I afford it but I would be interested in knowing how the food is, etc.

At 6/28/2006 2:13 PM, Blogger Slack-jawed Yokel said...

Ask Sen. Jacobs. I'm sure he'll be a frequent patron, as he was of the Blue Ribbon and Five before it.

At 6/28/2006 2:56 PM, Blogger DookOfURL said...

All I want to know about this place is if jeans are allowed. I don't care about the cost---I just wanna be comfortable!

At 6/28/2006 11:01 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Dook, that probably depends on whether you've got a shapely ass or not. If you fall into that category as I assume, they'd let you pass with a nice pair of jeans. Hell, maybe even cut-offs.

Now as for me? I think they wouldn't let me in just on principle, no matter what I had on. ha!

At 7/02/2006 5:22 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

Dope: Is this the same location as the old Harold's on the Rock?
Is there anyplace down there that has good seafood?

At 7/03/2006 2:51 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

In answer to your first question, no. As the post says, it's at 1601 River Dr. in Moline.
If you're not familiar with the area, that's downtown Moline near the east bridge entrance to the Arsenal, a couple blocks east of the John Deere Commons area and the Mark.

It is rather hard to spot now that they've removed the enormous bronze appearing sculpture of a bull from the front of the building. The front is pretty non-descript and just looks like a newer, but vacant office building (which it is for the most part).

There is nothing where the old Harold's restaurant used to stand now. The city took the property and stuck a few big recycling containers there and a remote and pretty barren looking park.

It got a lot of visitors in the recent past however after some kid thought they saw the image of the Virgin Mary in the shadows on a bridge pier. (An image of the Jimmy, the patron saint of bloggers, appeared in my bowl of Cheerios this morning, but I'm keeping it quiet. I don't want the religiously gullible littering my front yard with candles and trinkets.)


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