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K.C.-based Mexican restaurant coming to old Carlos O'Kelly's spot; food truck battle may be brewing; study finds Lawrence not very average

Chad Lawhorn

In March, when I [delivered the sad news][1] of the closing of Carlos O’Kelly’s on 23rd Street, we left my lovely wife soaking in a vat of cheese sauce and repeatedly whispering “Vaya con Dios, Suiza con Pollo.” Well, I may soon be able to put the vat to other ...

"Speakeasy" open in downtown Lawrence; more on school boundaries near Rock Chalk Park

Chad Lawhorn

I think I’ve finally been to a speakeasy. I think. If you remember, [we reported last month][1] that paperwork had been filed for a new drinking establishment in the basement of 7 E. Seventh St. downtown, and we mentioned that the rumor was that the place was going to be ...

New Zealand animal health firm chooses Lawrence for U.S. headquarters; tax seizure closes Mirth Cafe, but reopening planned; Creation Station shuts down

Chad Lawhorn

Lawrence was the belle of a Kansas City ball last night, thanks to an announcement from a New Zealand-based animal health sciences company. As we alerted you yesterday in Town Talk, we believed an animal health sciences company was about to announce Lawrence as its location for its new headquarters. ...

Wicked Broadband launches super-fast Internet portals ahead of city vote; AT&T brings security service to Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

We are entering that time period where the entire U.S. economy becomes highly dependent on super-fast Internet service. Of course, I’m talking about the fantasy football season, and your ability to quickly drop Kansas City Chiefs players off your roster as they hurt themselves tying their shoelaces. Well, perhaps there ...

Lawrence lands on list of quirkiest cities in America; developers to meet again on future of Turnhalle building; group forms to support police HQ issue

Chad Lawhorn

Well, put down your Honk for Hemp signs, park your Art Tougeau cars, and tell the zombies on Massachusetts Street to take a break from the brains. I have some disturbing news to report: The website of Travel+Leisure magazine has named Lawrence one of the quirkiest towns in America. The ...

See what Lawrence firm landed on Inc.'s list of fastest growing private companies in America

Chad Lawhorn

On downtown Lawrence’s Massachusetts Street, a business named Mass Metal LLC could be almost anything. A sword shop. (Remember when we had one of those?) An aluminum recycling business specializing in beer cans that have rolled down Mount Oread. Or even a tribute store for Motley Crue, KISS, AC/DC and ...

Company hoping to make solar power more visible in downtown; a number on the Kansas economy that isn't terrible

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve spent some time at the lake in recent days, and based on the number of people I saw who looked like lobsters that fell asleep under a 1970s tanning light, I’m guessing people are starting to figure out the power of the sun. Well, downtown Lawrence soon will get ...

City now has new opening date in mind for Rock Chalk Park recreation center; update on ice rink idea for downtown plaza

Chad Lawhorn

It appears I will have a couple of extra weeks to first find my hamstring and then stretch it out. A city official has confirmed to me that plans to open the city’s recreation center at Rock Chalk Park on Sept. 2 won’t be happening. Ernie Shaw, the city’s director ...

A fact that may surprise you about local property tax increases; watching Wichita State get aggressive in building businesses

Chad Lawhorn

For some reason, I feel like I should have a fancy gold-foil envelope and a powder-blue tuxedo when I announce these results. But alas, they don’t have award shows to announce property tax rates, and, even if they did, I’m afraid you would throw things at me and sully my ...

A food truck soon may be coming to a parking lot near you; Santa Fe depot project delayed

Chad Lawhorn

I’ve always loved eating food in a truck (my F150 is the one with splotches of Krispy Kreme glaze on the windshield, and my slacks are the ones with orange juice spilled in an inopportune spot.) But it has been interesting to watch how many people love to eat food ...

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