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The Stardust: The Newest Star of Downtown Davenport
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The Stardust: The Newest Star of Downtown Davenport

FINALLY! A mid-sized venue is opening in downtown Davenport! With a capacity of 800, The Stardust is the space we’ve dreamed of and begged for.

For years, certain entertainers have declined to perform in the Quad Cities due to lack of an appropriate venue. We had the big houses (like the Adler Theatre) and the small rooms (like the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar and Raccoon Motel), but nowhere for the types of bands that compose most of the Coachella line-up.

With plans to open in mid-February, the family owner-operators—Randy and Mary McDonald and their daughters Chandra Bock and Alicia Rolfes—have an exciting vision for the multi-purpose event center. Not only can you book the 8,000-foot space for your wedding reception or dirty thirty birthday party, you can enjoy shows, music, and more! In fact, Moeller Nights is already set to come to the space. Tickets for the Shovels and Rope Saint Patrick’s Day show are on sale as of Friday, January 12.

Be sure to catch an event at The Stardust ASAP so you can check out the space and its revivalist decor. Passionate about their community and cultural history, the owners have preserved the architectural integrity of the building while celebrating its previous life as Emeis Automotive and Electrical Service Station. The business was a familiar sight at the corner of Iowa and Third for over a century, well-known for its professional operation. The people behind The Stardust hope to keep that spirit of serving the community with honor alive.

The old Emeis sign – a taste of the aesthetic

So book your next office party here; you’ll be everyone’s new favorite co-worker. The coolest club in school is going to throw all their mixers at The Stardust. Your in-laws’ 50th wedding anniversary is coming up, isn’t it? And don’t they have a ‘thing’ for mid-20th-century design? You should really check this place out.

Header image is a screenshot from Google Maps


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  1. Kristinjean67
    I already have my tickets! Can't wait!
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    1. M. N. Hanson
      M. N. Hanson
      Who wants to be the designated driver? NOT IT!
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  2. Patrick Muller
    I love they kept the original sign from the previous business.
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    1. M. N. Hanson
      M. N. Hanson
      I'm actually not sure if it's going to stay. I assume it is just because of the family's interest in maintaining historical integrity, but for all I know that sign is full of lead paint and asbestos.
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