Town Talk

Downtown breakfast spot closes; south Lawrence hamburger chain shuts down

Chad Lawhorn

I remember when the biggest waffle problem in my life was when my kids and I would wake up my wife with our breakfast arguments that always devolved to shouting matches of “Leggo my Eggo!” Now, there’s this: The downtown breakfast shop The Waffle Iron has unexpectedly closed. The restaurant ...

KU coach's wife to open unique boutique in downtown Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

If defensive linemen could be found in boutiques, the Bowen household would be even more excited about the pending opening of an upscale boutique business in downtown Lawrence. Still, the Bowen household is pretty excited about the planned opening of KB & Co. The new business will be owned by ...

City to study idea of eliminating fares from city's public transit system; west Lawrence restaurant set to close

Chad Lawhorn

The city’s public transit system is a lot like my idea to sell commemorative egg cartons (the dozen variety) to celebrate the Jayhawks’ dozen league championships: They’re both great ideas, but apparently they are never going to break even. The transit system should be no surprise. Transit systems all over ...

A look at the stakes and the possible debates in the tax dispute between The Oread and City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

Sometimes you win in the court of law, but lose in the court of public opinion. Other times it is vice-versa. I can't help but think that thought is going through the minds of some City Hall leaders these days. This $500,000 tax dispute between the city of Lawrence and ...

Poor Boy Burrito hopes to wrap up mobile breakfast burrito market; Zaxby's chicken chain confirms it is coming to Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

*Correction: Nate Keller now tells me that his business actually is not yet operating out of the Douglas County Fairgrounds, but rather out of a rental kitchen. It has started the process to operate out of the fairgrounds, he says. That is not how I understood what he told me ...

Downtown restaurant to open new location in west Lawrence; signs of another retail expansion on south Iowa

Chad Lawhorn

Wet wipes in west Lawrence: stock up while you can. I’ve gotten word that Jefferson’s, a downtown restaurant that specializes in hot wings and other such delicacies that sometimes cause a fellow to need wet wipes, a dry cleaner and a power washer, is opening a west Lawrence location. Brandon ...

New Lawrence media company plans to launch global business magazine; Lecompton lobbying to be named best small town in Kansas

Chad Lawhorn

What Rolling Stone magazine did for music, a new Lawrence-based magazine plans to do for the world of business. I’m still unclear on whether that means Donald Trump soon will show up on a cover smashing a guitar, but regardless the new venture already is paying dividends for Lawrence. B ...

An update on Spin Pizza and other development near Sixth Street Wal-Mart; answers about that big pile of dirt near 31st and Louisiana

Chad Lawhorn

I have news about big piles of dirt around town. (Dig safe. Call 811 before you dig. A big pile of dirt in my backyard, and a court settlement, dictate that I say that.) But I’m not talking about that. Instead, I have updates on some construction projects that are ...

Janitors, bus drivers and a potentially expensive wage discussion that is brewing at Lawrence City Hall

Chad Lawhorn

Brooms and buses soon may get really interesting at Lawrence City Hall. We’ve already told you about a $450,000 idea to create a new city staff of janitors. If you think City Hall janitors are expensive, though, just wait until we get around to the discussion about bus drivers. As ...

Signs point to new southern chicken chain coming to northwest Lawrence; update on multiple restaurant, retail projects on south Iowa

Chad Lawhorn

I’m always curious how the outside world views Lawrence. At the moment, I’m pretty confident that a PR firm led by bovines is sending out signals that Lawrence’s top need is more chicken. Yes, I have news of another chicken restaurant coming to the city. We’ve reported for a few ...

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