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New steak and seafood restaurant slated to open at Sixth and Wakarusa


Perhaps I'm not done exacting revenge on pigs after all. As some of you know, I've a spent a summer helping my two kids raise for the Douglas County 4-H Fair a pair of sometimes cantankerous pigs that often seemed one step ahead of me. (Insert your own joke here about pigs and newspaper reporters.)

But fear not, I won. Last weekend was the annual 4-H livestock auction, and there wasn't a pig there that was a winner, if you know what I mean. (A quick thank you, by the way, to the dozens and dozens of businesses who supported the auction. Many a 4-H member left the auction happy, thanks to the generosity of auction buyers.)

Now there is another reason for Douglas County pigs to be nervous: Lawrence is set to have an honest-to-goodness chophouse. The folks who own Six Mile Tavern at Sixth and Wakarusa are expanding the business to include Six Mile Chophouse. Longtime bar and restaurant owner Brad Ziegler, one of the partners in the project, said the restaurant will focus on serving steaks and seafood. I bet, however, a pork chop will show up on the menu every once-in-awhile.

Ziegler has negotiated a deal to take over about 2,000 square feet of space previously occupied by Famous Dave's BBQ, which is adjacent to Six Mile Tavern at 4931 W. Sixth Street. (Just to be clear, Famous Dave's BBQ is still going strong. It has just relinquished some of its space for the new venture.)

Ziegler said he hopes to stand out in the Lawrence restaurant scene by having a menu that features a variety of steaks that come from prime-rated beef.

"We're going to hopefully serve high-end steaks," Ziegler said. "And we're still going to have the bar next door."

The restaurant also plans to have three to four types of fish on its menu regularly. Meals are expected to range from about $15 to $40, he said.

Renovation is already underway. Ziegler said he hopes to have the restaurant open by the first week in September, which will be just in time for the Kansas University football season.


While we're on the topic of restaurants, work is still moving ahead full speed for a new downtown location for the Basil Leaf Cafe. A representative of the restaurant was at City Hall late last month to finalize details for the new location's liquor license. In case you have forgotten, the restaurant is moving to the former Joe's Bakery location at 616 W. Ninth St.

But the question has been, when? A representative told me current plans call for a soft opening around the third week of August, with a full-bore opening in early September. In case you are wondering, the restaurant also received approval for its liquor license.


Jimmy John's sandwich shop at 922 Massachusetts is currently closed for remodeling, according to signs in the window. No word yet on what the remodeling will involve or when the downtown restaurant will be reopening. Customers are being directed to the sandwich shop's KU location at 1200 Oread Avenue in the meantime.


One restaurant that won't be reopening is El Mezcal at Bob Billings and Wakarusa Drive. The Mexican restaurant closed its doors last week, according to a sign in the window of the establishment. The sign directed customers to its restaurant near 23rd and Iowa streets.


Boston_Corbett 4 years, 7 months ago

What! No pizza? No mexican food? How can this be?!

Lori Nation 4 years, 7 months ago

Now just bring in Red Lobster, Olive Garden!!

patkindle 4 years, 7 months ago

.............................. ok we have the Red Lobster, Olive Garden!! crowd, we eagerly await the tofu, veggie burger and goat meat crowd to chime in

rumor_man 4 years, 7 months ago

I hear they'll have some vegan options.

MarcoPogo 4 years, 7 months ago

Vegan steaks and seafood! Kobe carrots! Quinoa Wellington!

Dan Blomgren 4 years, 7 months ago

HH was a money pit because that restaurant was over 20,000 sq ft with the price tag (high rent) to go along with it. This new restaurant will only be 2,000 sq ft with a much lower rent bill to pay every month. He'll do fine. West siders now won't have to go downtown for a decent meal.

jack22 4 years, 7 months ago

Over 20,000 sq. feet, really? Are you sure about that? That seems to be at least 3x larger than I remember it, but it's been awhile.

Hooligan_016 4 years, 7 months ago

What is everyone's obsession with Olive Garden? It's Italian Applebee's.

CreatureComforts 4 years, 7 months ago

I certainly hope the Lawrence food scene can do better than Red Lobster and/or Olive Garden. Those places are just awful.

gatekeeper 4 years, 7 months ago

I've never understood when a restaurant closes because of slow sales and then after a while, another thinks they can put the same kind of restaurant in the same place and have it succeed. If HH couldn't make it there, why does this guy think he can if he's offering the same stuff at the same prices?

d_prowess 4 years, 7 months ago

I think the bar there has become pretty popular so maybe he thinks he can capitalize on that and have people stay for dinner too. Also the economy is picking up a bit and new growth is happening out there so the environment is probably a little different than when it was Hereford House was there. Still far from a lock for success, but glad to see people trying!

Laundrytime 4 years, 7 months ago

Brad Ziegler has been involved with several restaurants in Lawrence but evenually is either brought out by partners or he sells before the ship sinks. The bars are usually dives. While I hope he get's it right this time I'm not holding my breath.

ModerateOne 4 years, 7 months ago

Sells before the ship sinks: sounds like he gets it right every time.

Michelle Reynolds 4 years, 7 months ago

Olive Garden and red lobster have tried to come. Olive Garden was proposed for the vacant lot at 27th and Iowa. Between the planning commission requirements and the neighbors complainants they were quickly ran off.

Keith 4 years, 7 months ago

The biggest obstacle was the developers desire to have the restaurant subsidized by the local restaurants already established, through the use of tax abatements.

dajudge 4 years, 7 months ago

Red Lobster and Olive Garden have their place in this society. If it saves us from driving 30-45 minutes, then I'm for having them--it just short changes the oil companies. We're going to go,so might as well make it convenient. I thought we needed a minimum of 100,000 population before they would even consider coming here. Aren't we just shy of that?

Brad Greenwood 4 years, 7 months ago

Yes, Red Lobster and Olive Garden have their place... it's called Johnson County. Hopefully they'll stay there.

Mark English 4 years, 7 months ago

Yes Johnson County is known for their abundance of Red Lobster and Olive Gardens... wait not even close. Those restaurants are more prevelent to the Topeka area. Johnson County is known for its more "high end" restaurants.

MarcoPogo 4 years, 7 months ago

I must have missed where Doc used the word "abundance".

When you talk about Johnson County's "high end" restaurants, are you referring to Hooters, Fazoli's, or Waid's?

Bob Forer 4 years, 7 months ago

Another good reason to choose restaurants that serve only fresh food. The culprit in the linked article was bagged salad from Mexico. That variety is unhealthy even in the absence of parasites that caused some pretty severe stomach ailments--the salad is loaded with preservatives to keep it "fresh."

bearded_gnome 4 years, 7 months ago

"We're going to hopefully serve high-end steaks," Ziegler said. "And we're still going to have the bar next door."

---"hopefully?" is he or not? kinda funny quote.

chophouse, sounds good and would differ from HH in that.

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