Archive for Wednesday, March 16, 2011

40 years ago: Rock Chalk Cafe shut down ‘indefinitely’

March 16, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Mar. 16, 1971:

  • The Rock Chalk Cafe, 12th and Oread, was reported to be closed “indefinitely” as of Saturday night. Virgil Cooper, the Lawrence businessman who owned the building, had ordered the closing, and operator Donald Graham said that he had no reopening date in mind. Responding to recent allegations from the office of Atty. Gen. Vern Miller about the cafe’s patrons, Graham said, “They buy clothes at Weaver’s and eat hamburgers at King’s. Their money’s good all over town.” He said that he might have further comments at some point in the near future.
  • The recent pleasant weather had resulted in two fire alarms caused by smoke or embers from residents using charcoal grills at two different apartment buildings. Firefighters had been called to Park 25 South on West 25th for a fire that had caused an estimated $16,000 in damages. The other run was at the Renz Apartments, 1301 La., where the damage was minimal.


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