Despite the ubiquity of fast-food and chain restaurants, every community has its collection of unique, local eateries. These are places that generations have patronized for engagement dinners, wedding receptions, or just a family meal.

I try to dine at these places to get a true sense of a community, and it is with regret that I never did get around to eating at The Captain's Table in Moline.

The River Drive establishment was destroyed by fire last night.

The blaze began just hours after the owners had announced the completion of new renovations to the restaurant.

Firefighters battled cold temperatures to get the blaze under control and are still on seen.