Archive for Thursday, August 2, 2012

Town Talk: UPDATE: Library approves temporary move to former Borders spot; Sandwich shop with a twist slated for Hy-Vee shopping center on Clinton Parkway

August 2, 2012


News and notes from around town:

• UPDATE: Leaders with the Lawrence Public Library announced late this afternoon that they have reached a preliminary deal to temporarily move the library into the former Borders bookstore building at Seventh and New Hampshire streets while the main library undergoes a $19 million expansion.

Library officials are expected to present the proposed deal to city commissioners for approval in mid-August.

The move would allow about half of the library's collection and all of its public computers to be located in the former bookstore building. Library leaders believe by moving entirely out of the current library that construction work will progress more quickly and will produce less inconvenience for library patrons.

Library director Brad Allen told me the owners of the Borders building have agreed to a 20-month lease that would cost the library about $235,000, which pencils out to about a $7 per square foot lease rate. Even with the move, the total project costs will remain at or below $19 million.

If approved by city commissioners, the library could open the temporary location by early January, Allen said.

Check for more detail later this evening.

• It is hard to believe now, but someday a bowl of soup actually will sound good again. Well, when that day comes, it looks like there will be a new option in town.

A restaurant called the Sandwich Bowl is slated to open at 3514 Clinton Parkway in the shopping center next to Hy-Vee. More specifically, the store is going into the space formerly occupied by Blue Chip Gourmet.

I haven’t talked to the owners, but they have information about the expansion on their website. I’ve got a message into the folks, and I suspect there is a story there about why they are landing in Lawrence because as near as I can tell this is anything but a chain operation.

It appears the company owns one other soup and sandwich shop, and it is located in a historic bank building in downtown Harlan, Iowa, population 5,106.

As for the restaurant, its tag line is “homestyle sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts.” Based on the menu online, it looks like the restaurant serves some traditional favorites like: chicken salad, egg salad, corned beef, French dip, philly steaks, grilled cheese and a variety of hamburgers. It also has a feature that it calls its “sandwich bowl,” which is a creation where your “sandwich is chopped and served as a salad.” Or as they say, “it’s the forkable sandwich.”

Those crazy Iowans.

• That’s all for Town Talk today. I’m still trying to recover from a day of pig herding at yesterday’s Douglas County Fair. In fact, I’m already having flashbacks from that unique experience. The Sandwich Bowl’s menu includes a sandwich called the “Flying Pig.” That caused me to shudder because, trust me, I had a hard enough time keeping up with my son’s non-winged, 346-pound pig.

Yeah, if pigs could fly, my son’s would be a jumbo jet version.


Catalano 5 years, 8 months ago

Saw the article today about pee-wee pig herding. It looked like so much fun. I've made a note to not miss that event next year. Did anyone out-bid your wife, or do you now have a permanent pet pig?

Chad Lawhorn 5 years, 8 months ago

The auction is on Saturday, so for the time being, we're still the owners of a pig. By Saturday night, I'm hopeful, that will change. Last night was just the show where ribbons were awarded. Thanks.

LogicMan 5 years, 8 months ago

Any word yet on what the two new businesses in front of Walmart (south) will be? One was an unnamed restaurant.

irvan moore 5 years, 8 months ago

i think the library would better serve the taxpaying citizens if they cut back on the computers and had more books during the relocation

guppypunkhead 5 years, 8 months ago

Glad to hear the library has a temporary home. Good work!

Joe Berns 5 years, 8 months ago

8-9 bucks for a sandwich.

NOPE. That's a crazy price. I know its becoming the norm, with Henry T's having their cheapest burger at $7.49 and it goes up from there, but it wasn't that long ago that you could get a nice lunch at a sit down place for $5.00 including drink. Now its about a minimum of $10.00 and once you tip for you and your friend, its $25.00 just for a lunch.

jhawkfan2012 5 years, 8 months ago

Let me guess, you think a Subway sandwich is gourmet. This sandwich shop is obviously not your regular cheap fast food stop. Go eat your Subway and Quiznos. I will pass. Some people (including myself) are willing to pay a little bit more to eat quality food. Times are changing, things are not as cheap as they once were; get used to it.

Richard Andrade 5 years, 8 months ago

Man, that Sandwich Bowl website is enough to make your eyes water. Seriously, if you can afford to expand to another state, you should be able to afford a website that doesn't look like it was created in 1995 and has yet to be updated. Doesn't inspire confidence.

renrutm 5 years, 8 months ago

Sweet, the library will be super close to me.

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