Answers: Questions about Jake's Brews and Cues, volunteer opportunities and 21st Street

Posted: Sep. 7, 2012 7:37 pm Updated: Sep. 20, 2013 5:53 pm


What is in the old Jake's Brews and Cues building? Is it a biker club now? I recently noticed one day that there were about 50 motorcycles there and bikers all around, and they were grilling outside the building.

Kevin Carder, who took over the building from Michael Ryan in 2007, says the building at 538 Washington is for sale or lease. He said he leased it earlier this summer to a person who is "highly respected" in the city and used it as a meeting place for a biker club on at least two occasions.

"The club was wanting to purchase the property, but the city didn't want to see that happen, so we canceled the deal and I walked away from it," Carder said. "The city thought it wasn't in the best interest for the club to buy it.

"People made such a big deal about it, but now it's over and done with."

Jake's Brews and Cues closed approximately two years ago, and the building since has been largely unused.

"The property on the outside has a little wear and tear, but the inside is immaculate," Carder said.

People interested in leasing or buying the building should call Carder at 430-0321.


Is there a website you can look at to find different places to volunteer in Quincy?

We couldn't find a website that lists volunteer opportunities in Quincy, though when we used Google to search the Internet for "volunteer opportunities in Quincy," links were discovered for learn how to volunteer at Blessing Hospital, Transitions of Western Illinois and the Quincy Animal Shelter, to name a few.

The most comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities and personal interest groups that we know about is in "The Answer Book," a guide that was published and distributed by The Herald-Whig in spring 2012. Copies of the book are available in the circulation department, which can be reached at or (217) 222-7600.


21st Street, north of Jefferson, is crumbling away. Why has this street been neglected for so long?

Tony Sassen and Mike Farha, 3rd Ward aldermen, both say 21st Street, from Jefferson to State, is on the short list of projects submitted to the city's engineering department.

"It's on our radar, but I can't give you a definitive answer when it's going to be done," Sassen said. "But it will be done soon."

Farha said the project has been discussed with the city's engineering department "about seven times" over the last five years. One of the biggest problems, he says, is the cost of the project, which would be paid for by ward funds.

"One of the biggest problems is that the sewer is in bad shape, too," he said. "I'm assuming it will cost between $80,000 and $120,000 a block to replace the sewer, and we're talking four blocks. That's expensive.

"It's a problem, and we're very aware of it, but I don't know what else we can do, because we know what's underneath there."

Farha thought the best-case scenario would be for work on the project to begin "sometime next year."


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