Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Motel Is Closing
The Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel, 304 E. 3rd St., Davenport, will close for a bit, then reopen with a different name and without a stage.
The last day for its current name will be Aug. 24, the last day of the Alternating Currents festival. Raccoon Motel is hosting some of the acts for the festival.
Dan Bush, Rich Cooksey, Sean Moeller and Devon Wiese opened the venue in March 2017. Each had an interest in the bar, while Sean Moeller and his Moeller Nights team organized live musical performances, Bush said according to a QC Times article.
Moeller’s team offered to sell his portion to the other three, Bush said Wednesday, and the sale is in process.
The venue will close for a few weeks for renovation, which includes removal of the stage.
“The problem with the Raccoon Motel was when we had shows it was great,” Bush said. But on other nights, ‘People didn’t know when they could and couldn’t come. It never really became a hangout for anybody."
Moeller will focus on bringing great talent to the Quad-Cities, as he has for the last 15 years. He wants to "transform this region into a brag-worthy musical hotbed - a place unlike any other, one in which every music lover would be proud to call home."
"The locations may change but the pursuit of that mission won't," said Moeller, who currently books acts at Codfish Hollow Barnstormers, Maquoketa, and The Rust Belt, East Moline.