Town Talk

Lawrence restaurants: 15 quirky, freaky and fun food finds

This Town Talk column appeared in the Jan. 22, 2020, edition of the Journal-World's Crave food supplement. More from that section, including interviews with Lawrence restaurateurs, can be found here. I’m definitely not a restaurant critic, and I’ve found it is dangerous to be a food ...

Border Bandido to close this summer, ending 50 years of business in Lawrence

For 50 years, there has been a Border Bandido on the loose in Lawrence. I can attest because it has stolen at least three notches on my belt that I’ll never get back. Of course, I’m talking about the Mexican restaurant on 23rd Street. Soon, though, it will be just a memory. The ...

A Canadian pub is coming to downtown, and it is bringing its cheese curds and gravy

A little bit of Canada is coming to downtown Lawrence. Actually, it sounds like a big Canadian is coming to the downtown scene. A Canadian-based pub called Moose McGuire’s has signed a deal to locate along Massachusetts Street, and the guy they call Moose is coming with it. “It was a ...

Tractor Supply Co. set to get a neighbor; eastside bar closes

It can be lonely on a tractor. (Ask my prom date. No one was there to roll out the red carpet for us.) The folks at Tractor Supply Co. on the far east edge of Lawrence understand that lonely feeling. The store was built in 2010 near 23rd Street and O’Connell Road, and it was presumed that ...

From scandals to big buildings, a look at the top local stories of the decade

The national scene came to Lawrence during the past decade — at least for a day. Does anybody still remember Jan. 22, 2015 — the day when President Barack Obama became the first sitting president in more than 100 years to visit Lawrence? It is OK if the day slipped your mind. That’s not ...

Missouri company betting big on Lawrence car wash market by adding two locations

In some ways, it makes sense that a business based in Columbia, Mo. is coming to Lawrence to clean our vehicles. After all, a Lawrence basketball team has been cleaning the clocks of a Columbia basketball team for decades. (Hey, if they are going to restart the basketball games, I’m going to ...

New report claims Lawrence is now one of the best beer cities in America

There has been talk in some circles that Lawrence is the beer capital of Kansas. Now, there is evidence that goes beyond the fact that the pile of discarded beer bottles in your garage is roughly the size of the Statehouse dome. A national website lists Lawrence as one of the 50 best beer ...

New west Lawrence doughnut shop features made-to-order menu

Maybe you too have learned what a snow day during holiday baking season is good for: about 20 pounds. Doughnuts, though, weren’t on my list of treats I was making and eating, but, of course, I didn’t have the benefit of a doughnut-making robot. A new west Lawrence doughnut shop, however, ...