Town Talk

Tamales of all types to be focus of new restaurant slated for Ninth Street

You probably have heard of breakfast burritos. But a breakfast tamale? (Caution: Getting the Froot Loops and the milk into the corn husk can be messy.) Actually, look for a new shop that will serve a better version than that. A local restaurant owner has signed a deal to open Mama’s Tamale ...

Latest sales tax numbers indicate online shopping still soaring in Lawrence

I have heard that people sometimes have one identity in the real world and another online. Maybe that is happening in Lawrence. In the real world, we’ve been a bunch of spendthrifts thus far in 2019. But online, our purchases are melting credit cards across the city. The city recently ...

An exit interview with departing City Manager Tom Markus

We are really nice but not that rich. That is one takeaway I had from my final interview with Lawrence City Manager Tom Markus as he ended his tenure at City Hall last week. Markus noticed the Lawrence friendliness in the grocery store and other places where he was out and about around the ...

Bioscience company files plans to expand its North Lawrence headquarters

A Lawrence company that focuses on making particles smaller needs its space to get bigger to keep up with its quest to help deliver cancer-fighting drugs to the pharmaceutical market. CritiTech — a biotech firm that Lawrence leaders long have circled as a company that could grow into a ...

Concrete barriers and graffiti pop up in downtown following denial of Hub project

It is not exactly the Berlin Wall, but some chunks of concrete in downtown Lawrence are drawing some scorn — and some graffiti. A trio of downtown parking lots owned by Lawrence-based Allen Press recently had concrete barriers — like the type you see in construction zones — installed ...

Downtown juice cafe reopens, this time with unique cocktails and more food

When I have a pair of people come into my kitchen wearing hazmat suits, I simply dismiss it as another set of complaints about the chili. But for anybody else, the sight can be jarring. It certainly was for the folks at Luckyberry in downtown Lawrence last October. “We were really surprised ...

Liquor store change marks end of 30 years of business at Ninth and Iowa

Usually a story that involves 30 years of liquor ends with the doctor telling you to sell your liver to Vlasic — it’s pickled. But this isn’t that type of story. Rather, one of the longest running liquor salesman in Lawrence is making a change. Joe Schmidtberger has closed his Alvin’s ...