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Design firm, Mexican restaurant among new construction

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Nationally, November housing starts fell to their lowest level in at least 50 years, the U.S. Commerce Department reported Thursday. New numbers from the city’s Neighborhood Resources division show that Lawrence did its part to drive the numbers down. Builders in the city started just three new homes and two new duplexes in the month. Through the first 11 months of the year, builders have started 97 single family homes and 12 duplexes. Those numbers are about 70 percent below traditional numbers. Apartment construction, though, has boomed this year. Building permits for 550 apartment units have been pulled through November. November, though, did produce some business construction. Here’s a look: • Bo Harris’ Hobbs Taylor Loft building is getting a major new tenant. Harris pulled a $200,000 building permit to renovate space in the building for Marche Design, a Lawrence-based company that designs a host of products for manufacturers. For example, its web site lists products such as a Coleman camp oven, wireless speakers by Hammacher Schlemmer, and a digital photo frame and weather station by Moie as products the company has designed. Attempts to reach the company to determine whether the new office space means that the company is adding jobs, was unsuccessful. • Work has begun to convert the former Pizzeria Uno at 3333 Iowa Street into a Mexican restaurant. According to a sign in front of the building, the building is set to become a Casa Agave restaurant, a Mexican restaurant and cantina. • Budget Rent A Car has started work to renovate space in the Malls Shopping Center at 23rd and Louisiana for a new location. • A new auto accessory business called Car Toys also is renovating space in the Malls Shopping Center.

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Tanya Spacek 5 years, 3 months ago

I just ate at Casa Agave. I was excited to try it because I'd eaten at a restaurant in Las Vegas with (what I thought was) the same name and had awesome goat tacos and pork tamales like I used to eat as a little kid. The outside color scheme was the same, too. I couldn't believe my luck. But it's not the same place. I figured that out once I sat down.I decided to give it a try. I ordered the chicken tamal deluxe with chicken flautas. The tamal was okay, interesting spices in the masa dough, but the flautas were bland and made from flour tortillas. I was really disappointed with dessert. The "sopapillas" I ordered were crackers with chocolate sauce drizzled on them. Authentic? Emmm...nothing like my tia ever taught me to make, but hell, she was from Chicago by way of Chihuahua. maybe KS Mexicans make them differently. Now I wish the Agave in LV would really open a location here.

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humblecommentator 5 years, 4 months ago

new mexican restaurant sounds good--and convenient location

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Kynsicat 5 years, 4 months ago

Agreed, Flux! it does rock! Very fresh!

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Eride 5 years, 4 months ago

El Mez has good food? Everything you get there is out of a can or a pouch, it has arguably the WORST Mexican food in Lawrence. Never mind that eating there is like playing Russian Roulette.

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flux 5 years, 4 months ago

Tortas jaliscos on 6th is the bomb!!

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twaldaisy 5 years, 4 months ago

Hopefully the service at the new place will be better than El Mez and if the food is close to being as good, I will go there. I loved El Mez, but I quit going because of the poor service, plus their health dept record is not so hot. I

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castarke25 5 years, 4 months ago

To bad that Mexican Restaurant just purchased a building in the worst possible location, plus they wont be able to compete with On The Border and El Mez etc.

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orioledw 5 years, 4 months ago

Same owners, food is along the lines of Mezcal

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d_prowess 5 years, 4 months ago

I search the name of the new Mexican restaurant and found a place by the same name in Manhattan, KS. Does anyone know if it is the same place, and if so, any reviews on what the food is like?

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