DAVENPORT, Iowa — A Davenport tavern on the National Register of Historic Places has undergone a makeover with an eye toward attracting new customers to the city’s west end.
Three investors bought the 4,600-square building housing Frick’s Tap, had it gutted and then restored it with a vintage motif that includes exposed brick walls and reclaimed barn wood. The 22 flat-screen TVs attest to its updating.
The second floor had been configured for several apartments, but now it’s an upstairs barroom, connecting customers to two levels of outdoor patios. Once construction of a commercial kitchen is complete, Frick’s will offer more than its appetizers.
Frick’s Tap was opened in 1888 by Charles Frick and joined the history register in 1974, according to the Quad-City Times (http://bit.ly/2c0tzPY ).
The former owner, Betty Fogle, of Davenport, had leased the property to different people who operated Frick’s from 1992 to 2014, when the last liquor license expired. Fogle’s late husband, Chuck, bought it from the Frick family in 1986.
She recalled the Fricks’ dedication to the family business.
“They lived upstairs and raised their children there,” Fogle said. She hopes the redevelopment will help the west-side neighborhood she’s called home for decades.
Those hopes were echoed by Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch, who toured the refurbished digs last week, noting that the project didn’t receive any financial assistance from the city.
“They’re preserving a true historic landmark, and I think it’s phenomenal,” Klipsch said. “It’s not just a neighborhood venue, but a destination point for the community.”
Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com