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Noodles & Company still eyeing downtown

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As we reported back in October, it looks like Noodles & Company is going to open up a new restaurant in downtown Lawrence. But it also looks like Palace Cards & Gifts will shut down this spring to make way for the business. The national chain Noodles & Company, which serves all types of noodle dishes, is set to receive approval from city commissioners on Tuesday for a sidewalk dining area at 8 W. Eighth St., which is the site of the Palace. Palace owner Greg Guenther in October said he wasn’t sure whether he would try to reopen the store elsewhere or just retire. On Friday, he said he’s now leaning toward retirement. But that’s only if Noodles & Company follows through on its plans to open a restaurant. Guenther — who also owns the building — said Noodles & Company has until late March to decide whether to finalize the deal. If finalized, Guenther said the Palace probably would close by late April. Guenther has owned the card and gift shop since 1990, but the card store has been in business at the location since 1984. Guenther said he had mixed emotions about leaving the business. “It has definitely been a blood, sweat and tears enterprise,” he said. But Guenther also said it was becoming harder to make a living in the retail industry downtown. “In my view, downtown is more of an entertainment district than a shopping district, anymore,” Guenther said. “That has been the gradual evolution of downtown.” In other development news:• In case you hadn’t noticed, Silver Works & More, a longtime jewelry business in downtown, has left its location at 715 Mass. Cara Connelly, an owner of the business, said the building has sold. “It was just too good of an offer to walk away from,” Connelly said. She declined to release details of what may come of the building. But according to the Register of Deeds office, the building was purchased by Lawrence-based River City Holdings, LLC. Stay tuned for more details on that. Although Silver Works has moved out of the building. Cara and Jim Connelly will continue in the jewelry business. The business will sell silver jewelry at Spectator’s in downtown, and will sell gold jewelry at Mark’s Jewelers in downtown. • A rezoning request for 725 N. Second St. in North Lawrence has been filed with the city planning department. Applicant Steve Glass is seeking the industrial building to be rezoned from IG industrial zoning to IL industrial zoning. The zoning change would allow a wider range of commercial uses to be located in the building.

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schula 5 years, 2 months ago

Sad to see that the Palace will be closing. My favorite place downtown to buy gifts -- they always something out of the ordinary.

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jonas_opines 5 years, 2 months ago

Taste is not relative. My opinion = right.

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Norma Jeane Baker 5 years, 2 months ago

Yes, fanofKU, I've lived here for a long time -- 30+ years. No, for Lawrence, N&C is not a great restaurant. Their food, well, how do I put this delicately? Their food sucks!People can go to Zen Zero and pay the same basic price as Noodles, and get some quality eats.

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George_Braziller 5 years, 2 months ago

What is "Noodles and Company"? Never heard of it.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 2 months ago

Hey!Now the students will be able to choose between the $2.25 bowl of Rice Krispy cereal at that other place, or a $4.50 of Ramen Noodles.(prices approximate)Their parents will be so happy.

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fanofKU 5 years, 2 months ago

Informed: For Lawrence Noodles and Company is a great restaurant. If you've lived here very long you know we can't keep restaurants for any length of time. This restaurant is reasonably priced for the students, but downtown is not the right location.

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Norma Jeane Baker 5 years, 2 months ago

Do you really think Noodles and Company is a great restaurant, fanofKU? Wow! You must not get out much!

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fanofKU 5 years, 2 months ago

Noodles and Company is a great restaurant.....downtown is the worst location though. Parking will be the problem!!

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Norma Jeane Baker 5 years, 2 months ago

So, Chad, what differentiates between a blog and a JW news story when the blogger is a JW reporter? More or less fact checking? Ability to blatantly interject opinion? I'm not saying you've done either here. I'm merely trying to determine the difference.

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coldplay 5 years, 2 months ago

This is a great gastro addition for the town!

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