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HEREFORD HOUSE TO OPEN ON WEST SIDE

July 1, 1999

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The well-known steakhouse plans to open its first restaurant outside Kansas City by next March.

A nationally known Kansas City steakhouse will anchor a new strip mall in northwest Lawrence.

Hereford House will announce today its plans to occupy 10,785 square feet in the Wakarusa Crossroads Center, to be located west of the McDonald's restaurant at the southwest corner of Sixth Street and Wakarusa Drive.

The restaurant's owner, general manager and others will be on hand for a groundbreaking ceremony at 11:30 a.m. today. They expect the steakhouse to open its doors by March 1.

"They're obviously going to be the major tenant of the mall," said Murl Westheffer, who helped broker the deal for American Real Estate & Investments Inc. "Obviously that will be the largest thing to happen in Lawrence in a long time."

The 51,000-square-foot center will have room for two other major tenants, one of which is expected to occupy about 17,000 square feet. Already in the works: a "sports center" store featuring sporting goods and activities, including a climbing wall, Westheffer said.

From eight to 10 smaller shops are expected to locate between the center's three largest tenants. The project is owned by Phil DiVilbiss of The Bristol Group.

The center's already-completed first phase includes J.B. Stout's, a popular bar and grill that opened last year, as well as a liquor store, ice cream shop and dry cleaners. A Godfather's Pizza restaurant remains unfinished and unopened.

Hereford House, featuring aged steaks cooked over a charcoal grill, has been a tradition in downtown Kansas City, Mo., for 40 years. It also has a restaurant at Town Center Plaza in Leawood.

-- Mark Fagan's phone message number is 832-7188. His e-mail address is mfagan@ljworld.com.

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