QC Made: Pee Wee’s

QC Made: Pee Wee’s

Owner, Pee Wee's

Quad Citizen Profile

Rock Island native, Will Clay had always dreamed of opening a local sandwich shop. In 2017 his dream came true. With the help of the community, his brother and his mother, all in honor of his father, Pee Wee’s was born.

Will Clay believed with all his heart that Pee Wee's would make it big in the Quad Cities. The restaurant offers a variety of soul food and Cajun-Creole fare, an ode to Louisiana. Within days of opening, the entire Quad Cities community embraced the restaurant.

“Not only is Pee Wee’s a place where you can grab lunch with coworkers, or dinner with your family, we’re out making a difference in the community. This year we’re sponsoring a youth basketball program, catering events for the Rock Island High School track team and their coaches as well as speaking to Junior Achievement on what it means to be an entrepreneur.”

Clay says every day is a true experience at Pee Wee’s.

“I experience a lot of joy when people, of all ethnicities, backgrounds, income levels, etc., join us for a meal. They share stories about my dad and I can’t help but smile.”

Pee Wee’s has become a place where the phrase “I have not seen you in 20 years” is followed with an invitation for lunch and an hour of conversation between two old friends.

“It’s truly something special. Pee Wee’s has become a meeting place where great food is shared between families, friends, business partners and community members.”

Clay hopes his own entrepreneurial journey inspires youth in the area to take the same route.

“We need more entrepreneurs in the Quad Cities. It’s such an exciting community with so much to offer. I wish more young adults would take a leap of faith and open that restaurant or local shop they’ve been dreaming of.”

“I want to be in a position to help people out. Whether it’s my time, food or services, I want to be available and be an example of what hard work, persistence and a whole lot of support can do for a person and their community.”

Stop by Pee Wee’s, located at the corner of 9th Street and 21st Avenue at 2035 Martin Luther King Drive, for lunch and dinner Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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