Archive for Friday, October 2, 2009

Eateries set to open on downtown block

Eateries new and old are stirring up activity in the 700 block of Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence, while interest in other sites continues to simmer.

October 2, 2009


On the street

What is your favorite baked good?

The apricot matrimonials at The Merc.

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Eateries new and old are stirring up activity in the 700 block of Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence, while interest in other sites continues to simmer.

A new bakery and a new restaurant are set to join the upcoming arrival of Noodles & Company and ongoing adjustments to Buffalo Bob’s Smokehouse along the west side of the block.

Michele Kaminski, who spent 27 years working in corporate marketing, figures the time is right to make the big leap with her passion for baked goods: Pink Box Bakeshop, in the former home of Southwest and More, 727 Mass.

Her bakery will open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday featuring 30 of her 75 different baked products, including rugelach (“little turnover cookies”), lemon blueberry pound cake and butter lemon cookies.

She aims to add to the excellent food offerings already available downtown.

“There is no place that makes cupcakes and pies and cookies,” said Kaminski, who’s built a following by selling her baked goods for the past two years at the Lawrence Farmers’ Market. “I just said, ‘I’m going to try it.’ ”

Kaminski plans to have her place open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Future offerings will include “afternoon tea,” she said, complete with finger sandwiches, scones and other traditional fare.

The shop is decked out with pink walls and 1960s decor, with a few tables for seating and plenty of her signature food boxes — yes, all pink — that have become commonplace at the farmers’ market.

Also in the block:

• 715, described as a “new European-style neighborhood eatery,” is expected to open within three weeks at 715 Mass., with Michael Beard as executive chef. He plans to serve “simple, fresh, handmade food fit for foodies at a price that’s affordable for all.” It is scheduled to be open from 7:15 a.m. to midnight daily, offering a café menu in the morning, late afternoon and late night, with a full-service lunch and dinner menu.

• Work continues on the exterior of Buffalo Bob’s Smokehouse, now that Bob Schumm’s Dynamite Saloon is open next door, at 721 Mass.

• Work continues on Noodles & Company, inside the former home of The Palace at the corner of Eighth and Massachusetts streets.


Soap 8 years ago

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Tammy Copp-Barta 8 years ago

cause there's not enough places to eat downtown ...

momof4 8 years ago

Shouldn't she open her bakery before 8:30 if she wants people to come in on their way to work?

ooophelia 8 years ago

YES! Finally, some place selling pie in Lawrence.

Quigly 8 years ago

corporate marketing to baker? interesting. 8:30 open time is NOT baker hours Pink Box. Well here we go for another round of "great ideas" Let's see how long they last this time. Of course if you do business like Teller's you will do all right eh Michael? Some good ole Overland Park managerial techniques?

puddleglum 8 years ago

oh thank god some restaurants are coming to downtown. there is no place downtown to eat and I am so happy that now there will be 4 new places on the seven-hundred block. and a new bar? yeah, we were running low on those too. now, if we could just get some more churches along west 6th street and some more apartment buildings-we could be just like other towns.

Steve Miller 8 years ago

i'd like to see a sonic down town so you could pick up a corn dog now and then.

trvlronda 8 years ago

My initial response is "yeah, we don't need anymore downtown eateries". However, we DO need affordable places. There are 3 places one can get an $8+ burger, which I think is a bit stiff. I only patron those places when I am treating myself. Good luck to the new businesses and hopefully they have the locals in mind and not just trying to milk out of town visitors.

quimby 8 years ago

the jackasses who post on this site never cease to amaze me. the folks opening these businesses are people in our community who are setting out to make a living and keep downtown thriving, at the same time. there's no reason we shouldn't support them and wish them well.

SofaKing 8 years ago

I'm impressed with the bakery owner - that is a LOT of work, and I hope she does well. I will definitely check it out.

TriSigmaKS 8 years ago

SO excited about ALL of these new businesses. It's a great balance of chain and local places. And YES, we need more restaurants. Absolutely. Noodles.....mmm. and a place we can get great pies and desserts? Fantastic! Very curious to see about the new European place.

woodenfleaeater 8 years ago

Who wouldn't want to eat at the Pink Box?

Steve Jacob 8 years ago

Retail is dead, you have to fill the empty stores with something, so why not more restaurants.

thepianoman 8 years ago

I agree with Dudedog12....we need a sonic downtown......corndogs are awesome....or how about a long johns? They have the best crumbs...yummm...those would sell like crazy downtown.....

Kat Christian 8 years ago

Now let me get this straight...there is an obesity problem here in America, and this is Lawrence's part in helping to combat this problem? Just what we need more places to eat. More retail businesses are closing in downtown, do you think we'll get more saloons too? People need a place to get drunk too, ya know!

maxcrabb 8 years ago

I sure hear a lot of commies speaking out against free enterprise today.

Damn pinkos. Leave my capitalism alone!

Steve Miller 8 years ago

i think the pianoman has the right idea.. bring on the chilly cheese, it's that time of the year..

Richard Heckler 8 years ago

Too many and too much = economic displacement NOT economic growth = unfriendly to business

corduroypants 8 years ago

Pink Box?! So much for those 27 years in "corporate marketing."

cakefever 8 years ago

Pink is still a way better color than say, green.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years ago

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Danimal 8 years ago

While we're pitching crazy ideas for downtown businesses, how about a kung fu bar? It's simply a bar where you have to know kung fu to survive, not that dissimilar from a ninja bar but with less sneaking around.

bankboy119 8 years ago


I read that before it got deleted...just great.

And to answer your question...I think you have to go north of the river for that haha.

cakefever 8 years ago

The problem with Ninja bars is that you can never find them.

corduroypants 8 years ago

All this talk of Pink Boxes, Sonic foot-longs and pound cake...

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years ago

Is it a coincidence that a deleted post turns into a pink box?

I don't think so.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years ago

Also, I read the user guidelines, and there's no mention of not mentioning tacos.

akt2 8 years ago

Good food and good service usually work. There are a few restaurants in Lawrence where you have to wait for a table to be seated. Even in the middle of the week, after 7p. A lot of people are still spending money eating out.

bearded_gnome 8 years ago

hey, Pink Box serve more kinds of doughnuts, add some tables, open at 6a.m., you got a boomin' business from day #1!
[remembering Jenning's Daylight--most fondly].

oh, you got that right 75X55, I'm wondering: do they still call that BBQ serving at Buffalo Boob's? insult to BBQ!

good luck on 715, sounds interesting.

indeed, why eat at Noodles inc/.com/tm when you can walk less than half a block and get wonderful food at ZZ!

oh well, could be worse, one of these could've been yet another coffeeshop!

Lee Eldridge 8 years ago

Good luck to all new business enterprises. I love our downtown, and will do my best to support it. Have missed good donuts downtown since Jennings.

quimby -- I was thinking the same thing. Let's support each other.

Joseph Jarvis 8 years ago

Walked by Noodles & Co. Saturday. They had a hose running inside from a city spigot on the street. Classy.

Stopped in PB too. Cute, but didn't look like a lot of goods for sale. Maybe just opening kinks. Hope that marketing expertise planned the double entendres. We were hoping to purchase apple pie in a pink box.

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