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Quad-Cities openings and closings: Habanero’s and Yoso

MOLINE — A SouthPark Mall favorite is celebrating its 20th year in business by expanding to a new location.

Owners of Habanero’s Mexican Grill & Cantina, 4500 16th St., Moline, will open another restaurant in Geneseo.


Josue Cruz is the current owner of Habanero’s Mexican Grill and Cantina in SouthPark Mall. He is looking to expand to Geneseo in the coming months.

Roots of Habanero’s stretch back to Jalapeno’s, a Mexican eatery that was popular in the 1990s and early 2000s. Josue Cruz was working for Jalapeno’s when owner Angel Moran tragically died in a motorcycle accident in 2001. From there, Jalapeno’s changed hands, Moran’s family opened Habanero’s, and Cruz worked his way up to become the current owner of Habanero’s SouthPark.

Now, two decades later, Cruz has his sights on expansion. He discovered the upcoming location in Geneseo at a friend’s suggestion. The building at 1225 S. Oakwood Ave. was formerly occupied by Lionstone Brewery, and, most recently, by Great Revivalist Brewery.

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Renovations will consist of a full build-out, but Cruz is looking forward to the outdoor seating, expanded bar and new kitchen.


The new Habanero’s will be located at 1225 S. Oakwood Ave., Geneseo.

Cruz said everything will continue to be made fresh in-house using traditional family recipes. The SouthPark Mall location will remain in business.

No official opening date has been set, but Cruz is hoping for mid-July.

Yoso Modern Japanese closes temporarily 

Yoso Modern Japanese, 1591 Grant St., Suite 101 in Bettendorf, is closed until further notice.

The restaurant, which opened in December, 2022, announced on its Facebook page that it would close temporarily as of May 6.

“Our goal has and will always be to provide our guests with the best dining experience possible and because of that we need to take time to remedy some issues we’ve been facing,” the post said.

The owners declined to comment further at this time.

The restaurant was highlighted earlier this year in the “Best Thing I Ate This Week” series by Quad-City Times/Dispatch-Argus reporter Gannon Hanevold. His March 12 feature praised the lobster crispy rice and ambience of the restaurant, which he described as the “perfect place to stop for a late-night date night.”

Odds and ends

AWAKE Coffee Company, 4320 N. Brady St. Suite 103, Davenport, will hold a grand opening at 10 a.m. Saturday featuring giveaways and the release of an exclusive energy drink. The business also has a location at 1430 4th Ave., Rock Island.

Iron Tee Golf, 6909 Iron Tee Way, Bettendorf, will hold its grand opening Tuesday. The year-round entertainment and recreation venue promises 58 climate-controlled outdoor hitting bays for golf, across three floors with up to six players allowed per bay.

What BBQ & Bar, 106 S. Cody Road, LeClaire, will close on May 19 with plans to reopen in another location in the future. Catered and other private events dates will be honored, according to a social media post from the business. 

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