Town Talk

City to land Caribbean-themed bar and grill; Reggae Fest tonight in downtown; a rundown of recently approved street events

Chad Lawhorn

Imagine the best part of the Renaissance Festival — turkey legs the size of a VW bus — coming to downtown Lawrence. Now imagine them being Jamaican jerk turkey legs, and that they are available late at night after partaking at a new reggae hangout. What am I talking about? ...

New Thai restaurant set to open along 23rd Street; Chinese restaurant coming to once-popular Sixth Street spot

Chad Lawhorn

I normally wouldn’t recommend traveling to Thailand via a Topeka connection. But this may be the exception, and, no, it doesn’t involve an 82-hour layover and a crop duster from Forbes Field. A longtime Topeka restaurant duo is opening a new Thai restaurant in Lawrence that they promise will give ...

Home construction in Lawrence takes a dip; Lawrence's apartment boom vs. what's happening in KC

Chad Lawhorn

I’m still waiting for the boom to come. Yes, those were the last words I remember saying before waking up on July 5 with a head bandage and a patriotic ringing of the ears. But what I’m talking about this morning is a Lawrence boom in single-family housing construction. New ...

Time to consider a different future for the Lawrence Public Library

Chad Lawhorn

There are many emotions the Lawrence Public Library evokes: joy in gaining new knowledge; pride in the community gathering place the library has become; fear that a librarian will whack me in the knee upon seeing my unpaid overdue book fines. Warm and fuzzy, however, was not one of the ...

New apartment complex planned for south Lawrence; city's library lands on list of most spectacular libraries in the world

Chad Lawhorn

There are times I think it would be wise for me to live directly across the street from a home improvement center. The quicker I get my supplies, the quicker the project starts, the quicker the ambulance arrives, and everyone wins in that situation. Well, plans have been filed for ...

South Iowa Street scuttlebutt: National fabric store to locate in Lawrence, boutique changes focus, chain restaurant set to open

Chad Lawhorn

Let’s get caught up on some south Iowa Street scuttlebutt . . . • As a man who lives in a family with quilters, I can tell you there is some sewing table gossip that will get you a needle in the nose if you repeat it. But I think ...

A peek at a new 'chic but casual' west Lawrence restaurant

Chad Lawhorn

I suspect the idea of upscale dining for John Wilson — the founder of North Lawrence’s Johnny’s Tavern — may have involved extra salt on the bowl of peanuts at the bar. Or if it was an anniversary dinner, or something like that, perhaps some tomato juice in the pitcher ...

West Lawrence grocery begins new program to allow customers to order online, pick up groceries at the curb; an odd KU ranking

Chad Lawhorn

The two most dangerous words on the internet: Buy now. When Amazon was created, my house ended up with a library, complete with lobby furniture. And one thing I can assure you is that my household likes food a lot better than we like books, so I wonder what will ...

Long-awaited parking solution for HERE apartments emerges; plan involves demolishing area houses

Chad Lawhorn

Forget the robots. A bulldozer is set to solve the serious parking problem at the massive HERE Kansas apartment complex near the University of Kansas campus. If you remember, the multistory apartment/retail project near 11th and Mississippi streets was to have a robotic, Jetson-like parking garage. Then, earlier this year, ...

Large 23rd and Iowa retailer going out of business; a grocery store rumor; home sales up in June

Chad Lawhorn

This ending was easy enough to predict. When we reported in June that the Hastings bookstore chain had filed for bankruptcy and had put the entire business up for sale, it wasn’t hard to predict that a buyer wouldn’t be found. Folks interested in buying national bookstore chains probably have ...

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