Creekside Bar & Grill is located in a historic building at the corner of Brady Street and George Washington Blvd., next to Duck Creek and the Duck Creek bike path, and just walking distance from Brady Street Stadium. (See map here.)
Many people don't realize the significance of the building in which Creekside is housed, but it is truly a historic icon in American popular culture. The first McDonald's franchise built west of the Mississippi is part of what is now Creekside Bar & Grill.
The McDonald's restaurant opened in 1958 and the original building is now the kitchen, office and storage area of Creekside Bar & Grill. In fact, the current C.E.O. of the McDonald's Corporation, Jim Skinner, worked the counter at the original McDonald's while he was going to Davenport West high school in 1962.
Later in the 60's, the restaurant was expanded and that area is now the main bar area of Creekside. In the 70's, the restaurant was expanded once again, nearly doubling the size of the building. That area is now the dining and game area of Creekside. But the biggest change in the property occured when McDonald's built a drive-thru lane for the restaurant, one of the first of any McDonald's location in the nation.
Building the drive-thru was an engineering feat in itself. The drive-thru lane was literally formed out of the bluff next to Duck Creek. Today, the old drive-thru lane is Creekside's famous outdoor patio which overlooks the lazy flowing creek.
After the turn of the 21st century, the owner of the McDonald's franchise closed the location. The building sat empty for over three years until Randy Adams (left) bought the property in 2005. Randy had always wanted to run his own bar and he felt the building was a perfect fit for an old style neighborhood pub.
With the help of relatives and friends, Randy worked day and night for months, destroying, cleaning, renovating, restoring and building his bar. The working title of the place was called "Old MacDonald's", a great name for the place. (Not to mention that the locals often referred to the building as the "Old McDonald's".) However, knowing that McDonald's corporate lawyers would be contacting him long before he was able to open the doors, he settled on the most logical name - Creekside Bar & Grill.
Duck Creek is the longest creek in the Quad Cities, 21 miles in length with its source beginning just west of Davenport. It flows past Creekside Bar & Grill and empties into the Mississippi River in Bettendorf. Hundreds of bikers, joggers and walkers use the Duck Creek bike path daily, many of whom pass just below Creekside Bar & Grill. The original steps that went from the old drive-thru lane to the bike path were dangerously decrepit. Randy rebuilt the steps and the City of Davenport put in two bike racks next to the path. Each day, a number of people using the bike path stop at Creekside for a cold drink and some good food.
The interior of Creekside Bar & Grill is inspired by Randy's love for the outdoors and blues music. Randy actually caught one of the two blue sail fish which flank the flat screen television on the wall behind the bar. The knotty pine woodwork in the bar area helps give a "Northwoods" feel to Creekside. (Although it would be tough to land a blue sail fish in Northwoods lakes.)
Since Creekside Bar & Grill opened in July of 2006, we've garnered a reputation for great drink specials and great food. It has also turned into one of the Quad Cities favorite night spots with Karaoke three nights a week, each. Along with a large screen projector and flat panel televisions, Creekside is also the place to catch the big game with your friends. And if you're into competing with your friends, Creekside Bar & Grill is a great place to play pool, foosball or darts.
Creekside Bar & Grill has recently expanded our menu to include more sandwiches, our great homemade chili and the return of the famous "Homewrecker" hot dog - a 10-inch, half-pound monster of an all-beef weiner. Be sure to give our yummy Creekside Special sandwiches and burgers a try, as well.
We're now also a free Wi-Fi hot spot at Creekside Bar & Grill. And if you're looking for a place to book your next party, give us a call. We'll help you with all the arrangements to make sure you have a great time.
If you're on the Duck Creek bike path, driving up Brady Street, or heading to or coming from a game at Brady Street Stadium, we invite you to stop into Creekside Bar & Grill for good food, good drinks and good times!
Creekside Bar & Grill
3303 Brady Street
Davenport, Iowa 52803