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Development roundup: the Kasold curve, Myers Liquor and more speculation about a downtown restaurant


All the way back in 2009, we told you to keep an eye on the piece of farmland at 31st and Kasold, also known as the Kasold curve, for a new housing development.

Well, your eye is probably getting pretty tired by now, but there are signs once again that a significant housing development may occur on the site.

Paperwork has been filed at the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Department related to a duplex development that would allow for 126 living units on the just less than 30 acre site at 3309 W. 31st St.

The site also still has property set aside for a new church for Lawrence Wesleyan Church. As we reported back in 2009, a desire for that church to expand is what was driving this whole development scenario. Pastor Nate Rovenstine back then said the church had to purchase a large chunk of property at the curve to secure the site, and was open to parceling part of the area off for private, residential development.

It appears that is still the case. The property already has the proper zoning to allow for duplex development and for the church. Now, it appears, the issue appears to be just how many duplex units the site can accommodate. So, tell your eye to be patient. It is still a corner worth watching.


Speaking of things that have drawn the attention of the eye, some of you have been asking me about the construction work underway at Myers Liquor at 23rd and Alabama streets.

The fact some of you have forgotten surprises me because the project has to do with a drive-thru liquor lane — and normally that is the type of news that Lawrence folks remember.

Back in December, we reported the liquor store was working on a plan to add a drive-thru lane — a first for Lawrence — and also to expand the building by about 1800 feet to accommodate a separate tenant. Well, the construction work underway is proof the plan is coming together. The new space is to the west of the existing liquor store. Owner Christian Walter told me he doesn’t yet have a tenant lined up for the new space, which will about double the amount of retail space on that corner. Walter said he is open to a variety of possible tenants that could be complimentary to the liquor store business. (Just to clarify, that doesn’t mean it has to be liquor-related — although a store that specializes in selling limes and salt would be very convenient.)

Construction work has started now with the hopes of being able to have the bulk of the project completed by the time the KU school year really gets into gear. I’ve heard liquor stores get busy at that time.


While we’re updating items we’ve written about, we might as well tackle one other. Back in May, I mentioned that another restaurant is likely to occupy the space at 814 Massachusetts that formerly was home to La Parilla. La Parilla, of course, has moved to larger space at 724 Massachusetts St.

George Paley, the landlord for the building at 814 Massachusetts., told me recently plans are still on track for a new restaurant to locate in the space. He’s not yet divulging the name of the tenant, but he is squashing one piece of speculation. After our report in May, a few readers started speculating that a diner type of restaurant led by Robert Krause — the high-end chef who founded The Burger Stand — would be moving into the space. Paley told me that is not so. He said Krause isn’t involved with the new restaurant planned for 814 Massachusetts. (That doesn’t mean Krause isn’t moving forward with the concept elsewhere. I don’t know, but will tell you when I do.)

But Paley is very excited about what will be going into his building. He said he thinks it has a chance to be “one of the finer restaurants in the history of Lawrence.” What that means in terms of the type of restaurant it will be, I don’t know. (George doesn’t invite me out for dinner enough.) But when I hear more, I’ll pass it along.


flloyd 4 years, 11 months ago

High-end chef? Lots and lots of butter or duck fat and you become a high-end chef?

he_who_knows_all 4 years, 11 months ago

“one of the finer restaurants in the history of Lawrence.”

Taco Tico left town years ago. Are they coming back?

Clovis Sangrail 4 years, 11 months ago

I miss Taco Grande. Those sanchos were the best.

crafty 4 years, 11 months ago

I could not agree more about Taco Grande's sanchos -- they were awesome! I also miss Hardee's...loved their hot ham and melty cheese sandwich and cinnamon and raisin biscuits.

gconfo 4 years, 11 months ago

There is still a Taco Grande in Hays, KS. I stopped there on the way back from Colorado last summer, and loaded up on Sanchos. They were as good as I remembered.

Clovis Sangrail 4 years, 11 months ago

The promise of Taco Grande sanchos would be about the only thing that would get me back to Hays, Kansas. I spent a week there one day.

And since we are waxing nostalgic about long gone Lawrence comestibles, how about those King's Food Host cheese frenchies? One of nature's perfect foods. It is a proven fact of medical science that every nutrient needed to sustain human life is found in a cheese frenchy. (You can still get them at Don and Millie's in Omaha. For the best ones, go there on Wednesday, because if I recall correctly, they change the fryer oil on Monday or Tuesday.)

Jean1183 4 years, 11 months ago

Wichita has two Taco Grandes. Hubby & I have made a couple of trips down just to eat Sanchos and tacos.

GUMnNUTS 4 years, 11 months ago

One of the few good reasons to visit Topeka, they still have a few taco ticos. The Grande helped me with many Saturday and Sunday morning hangovers.

Virgil_Caine 4 years, 11 months ago

There are still a few good reasons to visit Topeka, however, all of them involve Mexican food!

Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 11 months ago

Say, I can't help but wonder if you chose your user name after the song. It is quite a haunting one and not easily forgotten.

Brad Barker 4 years, 11 months ago

Any new info about the restaurant in the works at NE corner of 27th & Iowa that you reported on May 23rd?

Chad Lawhorn 4 years, 11 months ago

Stil no tenant news on that yet. I'm keeping my ears open, though. Thanks, Chad.

irvan moore 4 years, 11 months ago

gonna be hard to beat the old red lion George

chicago95 4 years, 11 months ago

With a little luck, one hopes that Mr. Krause might offer a high-end restaurant near the new Theater Lawrence.

Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 11 months ago

That would be nice, theater and then dinner.

Sherry Warren 4 years, 11 months ago

Hope Paley does something about the sewage stink that permeates that building. Glad LP moved so I can enjoy my dinner without the reek of toilet puck covering up the lack of effective restroom plumbing.

LogicMan 4 years, 11 months ago

Speaking of sewage stink, is there still a sewage holding pond at the Kasold Curve?

RubyVrooom 4 years, 11 months ago

Very sad that that area is going to more housing development, considering it's the cause of the demise of Karlin farms in that location. They had some very positive things happening at that farm.

Edit to add: http://karlinfamilyfarms.wordpress.com/about/

LogicMan 4 years, 11 months ago

Will the City be rebuilding/widening Kasold to the SLT? That's sorely needed.

Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 11 months ago

A drone that delivers pizza and beer and says, "don't worry about the tab. I have you covered!"

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