Online effort launched to support Ross’ Restaurant

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Ross' Restaurant (WQAD Photo)

A Bettendorf, Iowa landmark restaurant is one of several businesses that will have to relocate to make way for the new Interstate 74 bridge over the Mississippi River.

The owners of Ross’ are reportedly negotiating with Bettendorf officials and with the Iowa Department of transportation over the sale price of the property.  There is also the question of where the restaurant will relocate.

The restaurant’s Facebook page now includes a link to an online petition, asking supporters to “please sign this petition, to let the City Council know you want to keep Ross’ in Bettendorf.”

The petition says, “The sale of our property will not be enough to buy new land and build a new restaurant in Bettendorf.  If we are going to stay in the city we’ve loved for more than half-a-century, then we will need assistance.”

The post claims the city has not provided any assistance to Ross’, but the Quad City Times reported city administrator Decker Ploehn said the restaurant has been offered assistance to move to another location in Bettendorf.   The petition is reportedly intended to show city and state officials how important the restaurant is to the local community.

The petition had more than 400 signatures Wednesday afternoon, March 29.