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Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ [VIDEO]

Elbridge Gerry Potter traveled up and down the Mississippi River searching for just the right spot to build his flourmill before establishing Potter’s Mill in Bellevue, IA in 1843. At the south end of the river, called the Delta – the blues was born. Gradually, this music made its way back up the Mississippi to be heard by all. Today, if you want to hear blues just a stone’s throw from the waters of the mighty Mississippi, you can head to Potter’s Mill and the Flatted Fifth Blues Bar, where every weekend they feature some of the nation’s best blues bands and some of the area’s finest Southern-style food.

Potter’s Mill is the oldest flourmill in Iowa, operating until 1969. In 1980, the building was purchased by Daryll and Carolyn Eggers, who renovated it and transformed it into a supper club, the Potter’s Mill Restaurant. In August of 2014, Rachel and Mark Herman bought it and opened Flatted Fifth Blues & BBQ.

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Richard G. Shaluly and Melanie Devaney
Richard G. Shaluly is a Southern boy, but he claims that he hasn't missed a beat when it comes to finding warm hospitality and good down-home cooking right here in the Midwest. He has never backed down from a good-looking cheeseburger, but he has also enjoyed getting to the bottom of mouth-watering dishes in cozy spots from California to the Caribbean. His passion for Middle Eastern cuisine keeps him always willing to follow the sound of the adventurous dinner bell, dive in deep, and try something new. Melanie Devaney lives in Epworth. In her ‘other life’ as a singer-songwriter, she has traveled all over the country, as well as in Europe, discovering many delicious meals along the way. With an emphasis on maintaining an overall healthy diet, Melanie strives to find the perfect balance between tasty and nutritious. As a Dubuque County native, Melanie is delighted to see so many new, high-quality restaurants opening throughout the area.

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