Town Talk

Kansas’ taxes on cars and homes among highest in nation, annual report finds

I’m not a presidential candidate, so I don’t know much about tax shelters. I can only assume that you put your head between your knees and cover it tightly much like you do in a tornado shelter. No? Regardless, a new report shows Kansans may be inclined to that reaction when they get their ...

Lawrence home prices continued to rise in 2019; number of local sales declined

Buying a home in Lawrence didn’t become any easier or cheaper in 2019, as the latest report shows home prices now have increased 26% since the middle of the decade. The number of homes sold in Lawrence last year dropped by about 2% compared to 2018 levels, while the median selling prices ...

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 ...