Muscatine goes outside

As the famed broadcaster Paul Harvey would have said before his death in 2009: In a moment, you’ll know the rest of the story.

The other day, I posted an item about the soon-to-open outdoor dining area at La Guadalajara, 203 E. Second St. Since then, it has become obvious Muscatine is about to experience what the news folks call a trend.

El Allende

The owners of the Elms Supper Club and Lounge at 2108 Grandview Ave. and El Allende at 1107 Grandview Ave. are building what sure look like outdoor patios. They will join outdoor seating areas at:

* Missipi Brewing Company at 107 Iowa

The Elms Supper Club and Lounge


* The Pearl, a martini bar at 101 W Mississippi Drive

* Elly’s Tea and Coffee House at 208 W. Second St.

Outdoor dining has long been popular in other parts of the state and country. And this is a neat trend to reach the Pearl City.

In a past life, I spent some fine summer afternoons outside at Dunken’s Draught House. And, in Muscatine, I’ve passed a fair amount of time in the outdoor areas at the Brew and Elly’s. In fact, it’s tough to beat the view from the patio at Elly’s.

It will be nice to have even more outdoor seating this summer in Muscatine.