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Coming soon (very soon): Merchants Pub, new-and-improved Basil Leaf Cafe

Interior of the new Basil Leaf Cafe. Contributed photo from Basil Leaf Cafe.

Interior of the new Basil Leaf Cafe. Contributed photo from Basil Leaf Cafe. by Sara Shepherd

UPDATE (2 p.m. Tuesday): Pushed back again! A new press release from Merchants says that instead of Thursday, they'll open at 11 a.m. Saturday.

UPDATE (4:30 p.m. Monday): Merchants will open for business at 11 a.m. Thursday, according to a press release that just came in. Reservations can be made online at www.OpenTable.com or by calling the restaurant at 785-843-4111. “At Merchants you’ll find an upscale pub atmosphere featuring food inspired by the region,” co-owner Philip Wilson said in the announcement. "Our doors are open to all who wish to eat and drink well."

Merchants Pub and Plate, the new gastropub in the former Teller’s location at 746 Massachusetts St., plans to open this week. Merchants has one inspection down and two to go, according to an update today on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Merchants originally hoped to open in mid-August, but as restaurant openings are wont to do, that date got pushed back. Owners said last week they are now hoping to open Wednesday (see "UPDATE," above), as long as the final inspections go as planned.

Philip Wilson and chef TK Peterson, formerly chef at the Oread, own the new restaurant. See their latest updates at facebook.com/MerchantsOnMass, where I’m sure they’ll post the firm opening day as soon as it’s official.

Meanwhile, Basil Leaf Cafe is putting finishing touches on its new location in the old Joe’s Bakery storefront, 616 W. Ninth St.

“If we’re not open by the weekend, we’ll be open the first of next week no matter what,” owner Brad Walters told me today. Basil Leaf stopped serving in its old home, a corner of the Miller Mart convenience store on Sixth Street, last month to prepare for the move.

Walters has completely transformed the old Joe’s space — for one, knocking out the wall that once confined the public area to the doughnut counter and just enough space to walk back and forth in front of it. It’s now a cozy sit-down restaurant full of rough-hewn wooden tables, pendant lights made of wine bottles and a bar (with a liquor license). In the new, bigger restaurant, Walters plans to expand his menu offerings as well.

Basil Leaf also is posting daily updates on its Facebook page if you want to tune in, facebook.com/TheBasilLeafCafeKS.

P.S. While we’re talking restaurant musical chairs, if you’re wondering why the big yellow Blissful Bite food truck isn’t serving lunch today at 11th and Massachusetts, they — like a lot of Lawrencians soon will be no doubt — are in Winfield. Any hungry folks reading this from the Walnut Valley Festival, be advised, the Blissful Bite is on the ground now.

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Food truck on the move: Blissful Bite now serving lunch downtown

Jason Hering, one member of the co-op that owns and operates the Blissful Bite food truck, takes lunch orders Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in the parking lot at 11th and Massachusetts streets.

Jason Hering, one member of the co-op that owns and operates the Blissful Bite food truck, takes lunch orders Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in the parking lot at 11th and Massachusetts streets. by Sara Shepherd

The Blissful Bite, Lawrence’s only active food truck, is getting more active. The bright yellow mobile kitchen is now serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the parking lot at 11th and Massachusetts streets. The truck rolled out the new lunch service last week.

Blissful Bite’s fresh, all-vegetarian offerings have health in mind and are studded with local produce (the Blissful Burrito I ordered Friday contained local free-range eggs and greens, and had I chosen potatoes instead of rice, those would have been local, too).

My Blissful Burrito, with rice and avocado, from the Blissful Bite.

My Blissful Burrito, with rice and avocado, from the Blissful Bite. by Sara Shepherd

In addition to the burrito, regular offerings include Red Lentil Curry and a Sprouted Grain Taco (both gluten-free), the Hassome Avocado (Hass avocado half with amino acids, beet relish and sesame seeds — it actually is pretty awesome!), Haymaker’s Punch and Three Mint Water.

Last week's offerings at the Blissful Bite food truck, now serving lunch Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11th and Massachusetts streets.

Last week's offerings at the Blissful Bite food truck, now serving lunch Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11th and Massachusetts streets. by Sara Shepherd

The county subleases the parking lot from Allen Press, and the Blissful Bite is sub-sub-leasing space there for a month, said Jason Hering, one of the members of the co-op that owns and operates the food truck. If sales are good enough and things run smoothly, the co-op hopes to extend that lease, Hering said. The Blissful Bite also can be found at the Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market on Thursdays and the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturdays.

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Try something unusual or know of something interesting going on at a Lawrence restaurant? Send me an email at sshepherd@ljworld.com or contact me on Twitter @saramarieshep. For more local food and restaurant news, click here.

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