Town Talk

Price Chopper looking at bringing grocery store to Lawrence; potential issues facing a downtown grocery store

Chad Lawhorn

It has been clear for awhile now that a downtown grocery store at the former Borders site at Seventh and New Hampshire would be a big deal. After all, it would put a food bar that charges by the pound just feet away from my office. But now there are ...

An update on work to bring a new Hilton hotel to Lawrence

Chad Lawhorn

A multimillion dollar remodeling project that involves making space for more fresh-baked cookies: Don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with tales from my kitchen remodeling project. But I do have news about the major renovation underway at the former Holiday Inn at 200 McDonald Drive. The Holiday Inn ...

New study says Lawrence below average in managing money, above average in mortgage debt; local home sales off to sluggish start

Chad Lawhorn

If I weren’t so busy gold-plating random items in my house, I would take offense at a finding of a new study: Lawrence residents are below-average at managing their money. The financial website WalletHub ranks Lawrence 1,505th out of about 2,500 U.S. communities in its 2016 study titled [Best and ...

Is Lawrence set to rethink the use of bike lanes on city streets; $50,000 feasibility study of bike sharing program planned

Chad Lawhorn

In case you haven’t noticed, biking in Lawrence is a big deal. We have a bike repair station outside City Hall, we soon will have bike parking corrals on Massachusetts Street, and most public buildings have those fancy bike paddles in their lobby. (I think that is what they are ...

New brunch spot opens in downtown; longtime Mexican restaurant closes

Chad Lawhorn

Brunch is no longer just for those people who sleep through breakfast. Several downtown restaurants are offering the option on weekends, and now a downtown bar is getting in on the act too. As I briefly mentioned yesterday, I heard that the speakeasy bar John Brown Underground was planning to ...

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 ...

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