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.