Cavort, new downtown Davenport restaurant, opens

Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 12:07 AM CST
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - The National Restaurant Association estimates over 110,000 restaurants have permanently closed across the country because of the pandemic. Despite the growing list, the owners of Cavort, a new restaurant in downtown Davenport, have just opened their doors.

“We were kind of at that place where we needed to go and do it now or never,” co-owner Alex Nagel said during an interview at Cavort, which is located inside the Union Arcade building.

Nagel brings his background of craft cocktails and drinks, while his business partner, Rhea Vrana, is an executive chef. Together, they built Cavort.

“Cavort actually means jump around and dance excitedly,” Nagel said, “We have really fun tiki-style classic cocktails, a fun beer and wine program, and then the food is out of this world.”

Negal said the COVID-19 pandemic caused some delays in opening their doors, but he believes it helped them learn how to better operate from watching other restaurants evolve.

“it kind of gave us an opportunity to step back and kind of evaluate how we are offering and performing our steps of service. And we were able to see what has worked for folks over this past year,” Nagel said.

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase, some businesses close their doors for good, and many people aren’t eating inside restaurants, it might seem like the wrong time to open. But for Cavort’s owners, the time was now.

“It definitely is a little crazy,” Nagel said, “I would be lying if I said that wasn’t something that doesn’t weight on our minds, but from an economic business standpoint, we can’t sit idle forever.”

They staff are taking health precautions, including sanitizing and the use of face coverings.

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