Town Talk

Bar and grill with Italian twist opens in downtown spot that housed Genovese

Regrettably, the new 1856 Bar & Grill in downtown Lawrence isn’t an excuse for me to wear my spurs and other fancy western attire after all. The place — located in the former home of the Italian restaurant Genovese — isn’t some sort of themed restaurant. But for fans of the former ...

QuikTrip files plans to build second store in Lawrence

Gear up for a gasoline battle. QuikTrip has filed plans to build a second store in Lawrence. The Tulsa-based convenience store chain has struck a deal to buy the Zarco convenience store at Ninth and Iowa streets. Plans filed at City Hall show QuikTrip would undertake a major redevelopment of ...

Vintage toys and a wee bit of taxidermy coming to Massachusetts Street

When you are 45 years old and have been collecting toys all your life, at some point you have to decide to do something out of the ordinary. For Terry Taylor, that means opening a vintage toy shop on Massachusetts Street. And just for good measure, the store will dabble in a bit of ...

Another retailer leaving 23rd Street to head to south Iowa Street

I don’t know what you think you saw when I got off the elliptical machine, but I wasn’t so woozy that I needed a bed to lie down on. But in case it ever does get to that point, some of you may be in luck. You’ve been asking what new retailer is going next to the Planet Fitness location on ...

Plans for soccer complex on eastern edge of Lawrence moving forward again

Basketball may be king in Lawrence, but soon soccer may be the first sport you see coming into town. Plans for a new soccer complex along the South Lawrence Trafficway east of Lawrence are moving forward again. I reported in 2016 on plans to convert a farm field just west of the water ski ...

A pair of restaurant closings and word of a possible corporate expansion in Lawrence

Things have gotten a little rocky on both the Italian and Mexican fronts, and it doesn’t even have anything to do with a presidential tweet. Instead, I’m talking about the closing of a longtime Italian eatery in downtown and a Mexican restaurant in west Lawrence. Both Genovese and Tortas ...

Longtime owners of Asian restaurant open noodle shop in downtown Lawrence

I’ve always been skeptical of Chinese street food. (Walking and chewing gum is difficult; walking and using chopsticks can lead to an unwanted body piercing.) But a new downtown restaurant is open that has some Chinese street food on the menu, and it aims to create a fusion of Chinese, ...

Wrap, taco shop featuring fresh ingredients signs deal to locate in west Lawrence

I know Johnson County SUVs that have a freezer and a deep-fat fryer, but there soon will be a Johnson County-based restaurant chain opening in Lawrence that brags about having neither. Twisted Fresh has signed a deal to locate in the shopping center at the southwest corner of Sixth Street and ...

A look at the top local stories of 2018

Maybe you want to remember 2018. Maybe you don’t. It has been that type of year, as our list of the top local stories of 2018 confirms. There have been leadership shakeups — some with retirement cards, some with pink slips. There have been murders and the trials that come with them, ...