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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.


bearded_gnome 8 months, 1 week 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.


Brad Greenwood 8 months, 2 weeks ago

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


dajudge 8 months, 2 weeks 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?


Michelle Reynolds 8 months, 2 weeks 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.


Steven Gaudreau 8 months, 2 weeks ago

No more "free smells" at Jimmy John's downtown.
Not a big fan of El Mezcal but it stinks when a struggling business gets a knock out punch when the city blocks the main intersection in front of the biz for months with another unneeded construction project.


Beer Guy 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Who's going to buy overpriced frozen TV dinners? That's all restaurants are anymore.


Laundrytime 8 months, 2 weeks 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.


gatekeeper 8 months, 2 weeks 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?


CreatureComforts 8 months, 2 weeks ago

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


Hooligan_016 8 months, 2 weeks ago

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


Keith Richards 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Hopefully they have success, Hereford house was a money pit in that location.


rumor_man 8 months, 2 weeks ago

I hear they'll have some vegan options.


patkindle 8 months, 2 weeks ago

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


Lori Nation 8 months, 2 weeks ago

Now just bring in Red Lobster, Olive Garden!!


Boston_Corbett 8 months, 2 weeks ago

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


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