Archive for Thursday, October 15, 2009

Round Corner building awaits new restaurant

Plans call for a street-level restaurant with outdoor seating along Eighth Street at the former site of Round Corner Pharmacy, 801 Mass. This rendering comes from struct/restruct LLC, the construction/design firm working on the project.

Plans call for a street-level restaurant with outdoor seating along Eighth Street at the former site of Round Corner Pharmacy, 801 Mass. This rendering comes from struct/restruct LLC, the construction/design firm working on the project.

October 15, 2009

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The longtime home of a downtown drugstore is poised to become a contemporary open-air eatery.

Robert Krause, an internationally known chef and owner of Krause Dining, plans to open a counter-service restaurant early next year at 801 Mass. Interior remodeling work is expected to begin within a couple of weeks, now that Krause and Consolidated Properties LLC, led by Lawrence developer and businessman Doug Compton, closed last week on the purchase of the 144-year-old building at the corner of Eighth and Massachusetts streets. Krause said he envisioned a February opening for his place that would provide interior seating for about 80 people, plus room for another 20 to 30 on the sidewalk outside.

He sees the bar serving homemade margaritas and other drinks with tequila, rum and pineapple-infused vodka.

“The place will be super casual,” Krause said. “I would say that it’s leaning towards a version of the way I cook — which is not necessarily any one thing, but it has a leaning towards Latin American, Spanish cooking.

“We’re not necessarily talking about a tapas restaurant. We’re talking about a restaurant that will be, one of its main focuses will be Latin American food that is cooked over a great big custom-made, wood-fired grill.”

The restaurant would be Krause’s second foray into downtown dining. Earlier this year, he opened a burger bar at Dempsey’s Pub, 623 Vt., which is another building owned by Consolidated Properties.

Bob Sarna, director of commercial and special projects at First Management Inc., said that Compton, who is president of First Management, was excited about the opportunity to update the Round Corner Pharmacy building while welcoming an optimal use.

“Doug Compton likes to develop these types of properties,” Sarna said of Compton’s partnership that owns more than a dozen properties along Massachusetts and Vermont streets. “It’s a good challenge for a very historic building.”

Krause, who continues to serve high-end meals at his home on Delaware Street, said he thought he would have about 20 employees at the new restaurant.

Among them will be a bar manager whose “first duty, every day, will be to juice three cases of limes,” he said.

Comments

Matt Schwartz 6 years, 8 months ago

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middlemgmt 6 years, 8 months ago

Congrats Robert! I can't wait to try it out!

BigPrune 6 years, 8 months ago

Now it's time to turn the Masonic Temple into an "urban cemetery" or "the mausoleum on Mass." It looks like one anyway.

Alabamastreet 6 years, 8 months ago

Krause is a treasure for Lawrence. I'll be there frequently I can assure you. Dempsey's is amazing.

Phil Minkin 6 years, 8 months ago

From the haute cuisine at Krause's to the elevation of the burger to new heights at Dempsy's, Robert has shown is love of food and attention to quality. I'm looking forward to his next venture.

Bob_Keeshan 6 years, 8 months ago

A 144 year old building and Doug Compton typically don't mix very well.

It will be a shame to see the Round Corner building on fire.

ralphralph 6 years, 8 months ago

I have only smelled the burger scent wafting down Vermont Street ... actually, it smells like a steak scent ... probably need to follow my nose and give it a try.

PS - Don't get rid of ALL the downtown retail space, or downtown will turn into a big food court.

TriSigmaKS 6 years, 8 months ago

This is FANTASTIC news! Can't wait to try it.

lmb 6 years, 8 months ago

This news makes me feel so conflicted. How to balance a love of food, particularly Krause food, with a hatred of what Doug Compton does to this town? And downtown Lawrence doesn't need another restaurant!

motomom 6 years, 8 months ago

sounds wonderful. if it is anything like those yummmmmy burgers and truffle fries at dempsey's, i might as well forget about joining weight watchers!! best of luck, robert.....

Aisling 6 years, 8 months ago

what's is Mr. Compton planning on doing with the Masonic Temple building or is it more cost effective for him to let it sit empty and boarded up? Anyone know? Ah if only I had the money I would love to buy that building and invite all the owners of the little local shops that make Lawrence what it is (or rather,used to be) and make the rent be a miniscule percentage of their montly earnings. Maybe a few street vendor type snack shops. Of course it will never happen b/c a) I don't have the money and 2) I would never, ever get the necessary coding permits etc. etc. etc. sigh if only.........

dotteboy 6 years, 8 months ago

He sees the bar serving homemade margaritas and other drinks with tequila, rum and pineapple-infused vodka.

Pineapple-infused vodka: now we know the place is going to be a hit. Everyone knows bars make it or break it by being able to corner the pineapple-infused vodka drink market.

This place is going to be another overpriced taco stand. They ought to tear it down and put a tamale cart there.

svenway_park 6 years, 8 months ago

It reminds me of the time that one local Historic Resources Commission (HRC) commissioner/architect first opposed Krause' home project on these boards and around town, while simultaneously soliciting Krause to do work on his home.

Pretty seedy stuff.

I don't think Compton would tolerate the Wonder-kid from Aspen. He probably prefers his architects having degrees.

dotteboy 6 years, 8 months ago

And another thing, hamburgers are not gourmet. They are blue collar: The Smoke Burger: a grilled beef patty covered with a slice of smoked gouda, apple wood-smoked bacon and a splash of house-made chipotle-cocoa ketchup. J. Wellington Wimpy is rolling over in his grave.

Robert Krause's next venture will be Humpty Dumpty's. Gourmet eggs over easy. Serving ornithological embryos and hash browns sauted in pineapple infused vodka and seasoned with Szechuan peppercorns.

“The place will be super casual,” Krause said. “I would say that it’s leaning towards a version of the way I cook — which is not necessarily any one thing, but it has a leaning towards Szechuan peppercorn pineapple infused vodka Latin American, Spanish cooking.

You heard it here first...

Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago

If Krause is total coordinator of interior/exterior design we may have a winner.

I would encourage several vegetarian choices on this menu.

MrShades 6 years, 8 months ago

dotte boy, What you got against Robert? just sayin' you seem a little hostile toward him

staff04 6 years, 8 months ago

I bartended for several years at a popular (for grown-up, mind you) bar and eatery that served a cocktail that was about 9 parts pineapple-infused vodka and 1 part sweetened whipping cream...we (behind the bar, not on the menu) referred to it as the "prom dress." You do the math.

dotteboy 6 years, 8 months ago

Mr Shades, I have nothing against Robert. I've never met him.

I find it a bit bourgeoisie that "internationally known chefs" take the common fare of common people and make it "gourmet", charge you out the a$$ for it and tell you you don't know what you're talking about when you don't find it to your liking.

And I'm not being a bit hostile towards Robert. Hostility is a form of angry internal rejection or denial in psychology. It is a part of personal construct psychology, developed by George Kelly.

I found it an above average Juvenalian satirical piece. Named after the Roman satirist Juvenal, this type of satire is far darker. Unlike Horatian satire, Juvenalian satire seeks to correct immediately some evil in society through scorn, outrage, and savage ridicule. Common traits of this form are irony, sarcasm, moral indignation and often completely lacking humour (but I found it funny=]). This form is very pessimistic in tone.

I'm just saying...

blackwalnut 6 years, 8 months ago

First another bakery, now yet another restaurant. I hope these new businesses do not simply cannabalize business from others that already exist downtown. I wish we would get something we do not already have.

svenway_park 6 years, 8 months ago

This article reminds me of a certain local architect who used these boards to demean the Krause's project, and the Krause's personally, while he was a sitting member of the Historic Resources Commission.

He solicited the Krause's to do business on the very same project.

That person subsequently helped initiate a professional practice complaint against Professor Rockhill on a licensing technicality on the Van-Go project. Obviously upset he didn't that commission, he complained to Van-Go officials about Rockhills participation.

This certainly is an interesting approach to seeking clients. No wonder it really doesn't work out for him. No surprise he got booted from the HRC.

His insecurity at not having a degree in architecture is pretty evident….filing complaints against professors.

Yes, this is the same individual who sold a sack of lies to his neighbors about the LHS practice fields to get them to help finance a lawsuit which did nothing but waste time and taxpayers money.

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