Papa Keno’s remains open as owner files for bankruptcy

Papa Keno’s Pizzeria remains open in downtown Lawrence as the company and its owner seek bankruptcy protection.

Greg Keenan filed earlier this month for bankruptcy protection both for himself and for his business, Papa Keno’s Pizzeria Inc., which operates a restaurant at 1035 Mass.

In the filings, Keenan lists debts of $44,000 against assets of $50,000.

Keenan continues to operate the business as a debtor in possession.

Court officials have noted that Keenan’s filing lacks required documents and financial information, and Keenan has been ordered to file such information by July 8. A meeting with creditors is slated for July 25.

Papa Keno’s started two decades ago, in a small Ninth Street shop a half block east of Massachusetts Street. The restaurant soon would relocate to its current home, and Keenan would expand to start restaurants in the Kansas City area and Denver.

In 2005 and in 2008, he ran into trouble with the Kansas Department of Revenue for unpaid taxes. At one point the restaurant and its assets were seized.

Attempts to reach Keenan were unsuccessful.