Town Talk

Plans for soccer complex on eastern edge of Lawrence moving forward again

Basketball may be king in Lawrence, but soon soccer may be the first sport you see coming into town. Plans for a new soccer complex along the South Lawrence Trafficway east of Lawrence are moving forward again. I reported in 2016 on plans to convert a farm field just west of the water ski ...

A pair of restaurant closings and word of a possible corporate expansion in Lawrence

Things have gotten a little rocky on both the Italian and Mexican fronts, and it doesn’t even have anything to do with a presidential tweet. Instead, I’m talking about the closing of a longtime Italian eatery in downtown and a Mexican restaurant in west Lawrence. Both Genovese and Tortas ...

Longtime owners of Asian restaurant open noodle shop in downtown Lawrence

I’ve always been skeptical of Chinese street food. (Walking and chewing gum is difficult; walking and using chopsticks can lead to an unwanted body piercing.) But a new downtown restaurant is open that has some Chinese street food on the menu, and it aims to create a fusion of Chinese, ...

Wrap, taco shop featuring fresh ingredients signs deal to locate in west Lawrence

I know Johnson County SUVs that have a freezer and a deep-fat fryer, but there soon will be a Johnson County-based restaurant chain opening in Lawrence that brags about having neither. Twisted Fresh has signed a deal to locate in the shopping center at the southwest corner of Sixth Street and ...

A look at the top local stories of 2018

Maybe you want to remember 2018. Maybe you don’t. It has been that type of year, as our list of the top local stories of 2018 confirms. There have been leadership shakeups — some with retirement cards, some with pink slips. There have been murders and the trials that come with them, ...

Smoothie franchise set to open on south Iowa Street

I may get a lump of coal in my stocking (maybe that is what people mean when they say coal is making a comeback), but at least I soon could have a Blimey Limey in my stomach. South Iowa Street soon will be home to a new smoothie franchise that will feature all types of island concoctions. ...

Eagles club to take over longtime Lawrence bar and grill location in early 2019

A longtime Lawrence bar and restaurant building that once was home to a fake club soon will be home to a real private club. The building at 530 Wisconsin St., which used to house The Yacht Club, will become the new home for the Eagles club in early 2019. If you have forgotten, The Yacht Club ...

Veritas Christian School plans to build new campus south of Lawrence

Look for a whole new high school campus to develop just south of Lawrence. No, you didn’t sleep through a school bond election. This plan is coming from one of Lawrence’s growing private schools. Veritas Christian School has filed plans to build an approximately 20,000-square-foot ...

‘Pet campus’ with day care, grooming and more could develop along Wakarusa Drive

First I had to learn about the phrase “pet resort.” Now, it appears I need to learn about a “pet campus.” (Apparently it is not enough for my dog to have better vacations than me. He soon will have a better GPA, too.) Whatever the case, a pair of for-profit pet businesses are teaming up ...