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Letters to the Editor

Eating options

November 14, 2011

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To the editor:

Last evening, upon our return from a driving trip down South and up East, I sat down to review the news in the Lawrence Journal-World during our absence. Judy Stuart’s letter of Nov. 7 caught my attention.

I noted as we drove through Columbia, Mo., that this university city (like Lawrence), attractive to retirees (as reported in the J-W), had both Olive Garden and Red Lobster locations. When I read Ms. Stuart’s letter with her emphasis on the location of popular eating places (in west Lawrence), I thought I would add those two suggestions to her list of possible restaurants.

If the Kansas and Lawrence leaders would like to attract retirees, I would ask them to consider something other than increasing taxes — like some established and popular eating places in a west Lawrence location.

Comments

Fred Mertz 3 years, 1 month ago

It is not the role of government to decide which restaurants operate in their community. Instead of writing a letter to the editor, why not write it to the restaurants and encourage them to come or why not open a franchise yourself?

Kendall Simmons 3 years, 1 month ago

It is odd, isn't it, that we have people writing letters to the editor complaining about the lack or this or that restaurant in Lawrence and genuinely thinking that city government should "do something" about it.

As an aside, there are no independently-owned Olive Garden or Red Lobster franchises. All restaurants are owned and operated by Darden Restaurants.

Abdu Omar 3 years, 1 month ago

Why doesn't an entreprenuer in Lawrence open a restaurant of the same calibre as Olive Garden or Red Lobster? Why do we need another franchise operation to serve us food? Why don't we do it ourselves?

skinny 3 years, 1 month ago

I beleive both of these restaurants have tried to open stores here but our fine City ran them off!

Eileen Jones 3 years, 1 month ago

You mean, refused to use taxpayer dollars to subsidize their businesses?

There's a Red Lobster and an Olive Garden in Topeka, 20 minutes away.

Eileen Jones 3 years, 1 month ago

Wrong forum. The folks who want a Red Lobster should write Red Lobster corporation, etc.

This sounds like a request for the city to subsidize chain restaurants. Just say no.

Katara 3 years, 1 month ago

These are restaurants that are located between Kasold & Wakarusa:

Subway - 2 of them! Godfather's KFC/A&W McDonald's Taco Bell Soon to be Burger King Glory Days Pizza Hut Wendy's Jimmy John's Little Caesar's Good Cents Bambinos El Mezcal Johnny's West Salty Iguana Famous Dave's China Star Marisco's Henry T's KoKoRo Thai Siam 75th St. Brewery Gambino's Chipotles Jade Garden The Mediterranean Market Applebee's

You can also get salad bar, Chinese food, Fried Chicken and other entrees from both Dillons & Hy-Vee.

How many more places do you need to eat at, ma'am?

mr_right_wing 3 years, 1 month ago

Yeahbut, those arren't Red Lobster or Olive Garden!! ;o)

Personally I'd like to see an entrepreneur open up 'Tin Pan Alley' again. It was, and always will be my favorite local eatery. (Complete with the t-shirts with the tip chart on the back!!)

While I'm at it; put aside the old folks for a minute....what about the pre-teens? "Chuck E. Cheese!! Chuck E. Cheese!! Chuck E. Cheese!!" (Do you really want those screaming kids in your Olive Garden or Red Lobster??)

akt2 3 years, 1 month ago

Lots of places but not much of a choice for certain age groups. Many of which do have disposable income.

nativeson 3 years, 1 month ago

Local government sets the rules, they do not choose the winners and losers. They should be indifferent to ownership and enforce the rules. As far as incentives, they should consider applications for CIDs or other forms of incentive under the policies that have been set forth by previous commissions.

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