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Eldridge Hotel proposes major expansion; Lawrence lands on startup list; family fun center update

Chad Lawhorn

Somewhere, the Missouri knickers of William Quantrill must be in quite a bunch right now. More than 150 years after Quantrill burned it to the ground, the venerable Eldridge Hotel in downtown Lawrence has filed plans for a major expansion. The hotel's Lawrence-based ownership group has filed plans to expand ...

Lawrence's sleepy heads land city on national top 10 list; medical office development underway near west Walmart

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence has made another national top 10 list, and, if the results are any indication, we'll likely comprehend its meaning sometime around noon. You see, there's data suggesting Lawrence is not much of a morning town. Data guru Nate Silver of the website fivethirtyeight.com [published a new analysis today][1] that ...

City set to clear way for test of legalized hitchhiking program; engineers propose unique design for pump station near 31st and Louisiana

Chad Lawhorn

At the moment, my thumb is still multicolored from a mishap with Easter egg dye, melted chocolate bunnies and several exploding marshmallow Peeps. But soon enough, it will be all clean and ready to participate in a new legalized hitchhiking program that city commissioners are set to advance. If you ...

Lawrence retail sales numbers up for fifth straight month; church buys former Lawrence Community Theater building

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence retail sales numbers are up for their fifth straight month, according to a new report from City Hall. The reason? Perhaps shoppers were stocking up for this very day. Surely you know what today is. It is [National High Five Day][1], and that means you better have stocked up ...

Library seeking partner to open coffee shop in new library space; as weather warms up, downtown events begin to pile up

Chad Lawhorn

A coffee shop in the new Lawrence Public Library: Maybe it could be called The Java Code, and the menu board could be written in a da Vinci-style code. Or maybe it could be called Mugs and Muggles, and the menu board could be written in Harry Potter-esque incantations. Or ...

KU broadcaster David Lawrence to open West Lawrence sports restaurant and bar; update on Limestone pizza restaurant downtown

Chad Lawhorn

Due to a host of oddities that no one ever could have predicted, I never did make it into uniform for the Kansas Jayhawks football team, which means KU broadcaster David Lawrence never did get to use his colorful phrases to describe my talents. But perhaps that soon will change. ...

UPDATE: Buffalo Bob's to close at end of month; Ladybird Diner plans to open along Mass. Street in June; city, county hosting Horizon 2020 meetings

Chad Lawhorn

UPDATE: Since posting the original column this morning, I've had a chance to talk with Bob Schumm, owner of both the Dynamite Saloon and Buffalo Bob's Smokehouse, and he dropped a BBQ bombshell: He's closing Buffalo Bob's Smokehouse after 37 years in business. The last day of business will be ...

City receives just one proposal to redevelop dilapidated East Lawrence property; rumblings of Buffalo Wild Wings, barbecue and a downtown diner

Chad Lawhorn

The Lawrence development community evidently hasn't fallen in love with Rhody Delahunty. If you remember, city commissioners recently went through the unusual process of taking the house and real estate at 1106 Rhode Island St. by eminent domain. As part of the eminent domain process, the city paid $114,500 for ...

Chinese restaurant opens in East Lawrence; Rock Chalk Park lighting debate stirs up emotions

Chad Lawhorn

I have an announcement to make: I'm not declaring for the NBA Draft. After Joel Embiid's announcement yesterday, I thought you could use a dose of good news. Only time will tell if I made the right decision. I was leaning in the other direction for quite some time, but ...

Deciphera receives $6 million payment as cancer drug advances, sets up corporate offices in Boston; Bargain Depot closing; update on SportQuest

Chad Lawhorn

There are 6 million pieces of good news on the Lawrence bioscience front today, and one piece of news that may create some worry among local bioscience leaders. Deciphera Pharmaceuticals — the Lawrence-based biotech company that has been labeled as a hot prospect for breakout success — has reached a ...

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