Bettendorf Announces Reopening of Palmer Grill Under New Management

No April Fools’! On April 1, 2023, Palmer Grill is opening its doors to the public under a new partnership.

On Tuesday, March 7, 2023, Bettendorf City Council voted to approve a Professional Services Agreement between the City of Bettendorf and Food Drink Friends, Inc.

“As the parent company of The Tangled Wood in Bettendorf and other restaurants in the Quad Cities, Food Drink Friends, Inc. has a lot of experience with restaurant management,” said Kim Kidwell, the City’s Director of Culture and Recreation. “They know the business and they will improve food and beverage service at Palmer Hills Golf Course. The City is confident this partnership will be great for the community.”

Palmer Grill is located at Palmer Hills Golf Course, 2999 Middle Road. It closed at the end of 2022 for cleaning, maintenance, and to reorganize operations after the Grill’s Food and Beverage Manager resigned.

In December 2022, the City issued a Request for Proposals. Of the submissions, Food Drink Friends, Inc. had the most experience managing restaurants, overseeing staff, and catering events.

Under the agreement, Food Drink Friends, Inc. will manage Palmer Grill during the golf season - from April 1, 2023 through November 15, 2023. A menu has not been finalized yet, but they plan to serve soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, etc.

“We are honored to be part of the award-winning Palmer Hills Golf Course!” said representatives from Food Drink Friends, Inc. “We truly enjoy being part of the Quad Cities and strive to serve up our finest meals. We are looking very forward to running the Palmer Grill and cooking up some delicious meals for golfers and the general public. We hope you will spend your summer enjoying our menu as well as spectacular views of the golf course.”