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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Open Fire Wood Burning Pizza is closed

Posted By on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 12:12 PM


If you have a dream of opening your own restaurant, Block & Company's Max Kosoglad has a nice little space for you: 16,000 square feet, actually, at 3951 Broadway. Until last month, this building was occupied by Open Fire Wood Burning Pizza and the Kiosk Gallery. The restaurant's final day was announced on the restaurant's Facebook page July 30.

The post stated: "We started with $100 in the drawer, put up a hell of a fight and survived longer than a lot of startup restaurants would."

"The existing restaurant space is currently 6,000 square feet ," Kosoglad says, "but can be divided. There's quite a bit of restaurant equipment still in there."

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Do you want to open your own bakery? Lane 4 is looking for you

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 2:47 PM

The Napoleon Bakery -- in happier days.

I only just noticed that the banner which used to hang in front of the old Napoleon Bakery building at 706 Westport Road, announcing a new tenant, the Kansas City Bread Company, is no longer flapping in the breeze. That's because the Kansas City Bread Company is no longer going to open in this location. The plan to open the new bakery had been the dream of master baker Roberto Luna, formerly with City Bakery, but the deal fell through.

"The tenant couldn't obtain the financing to open the retail side of the business," says Jeff Berg, senior vice president of the Lane 4 Group, owners of the building. "Until two weeks ago, the tenant was still using the commercial kitchen in the building to bake bread for his wholesale operation, but currently, the building is literally walk-in ready for a new tenant."

For many years, the original Napoleon Bakery & Cafe — operated by the Schanzer brothers — was an iconic venue in Westport, serving wonderful lunches (the price included dessert) and a beautiful array of pastries and freshly baked breads. After Larry Schanzer passed away, pastry chef and restaurateur James Holmes purchased the business in 2008. A couple of years later, Holmes moved the bakery to Overland Park — and several other ill-fated locations since then.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

The R Bar is up for sale: asking price $200,000

Posted By on Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 4:09 PM

If youve got the dough, Joy Jacobs has an R Bar for you.
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  • If you've got the dough, Joy Jacobs has an R Bar for you.

Tonight the R Bar is celebrating its second anniversary. It's also available for sale.

Joy Jacobs, the owner of the two-year-old R Bar restaurant, saloon and entertainment venue, has listed the business for sale on Craigslist, asking price $200,000. We're pretty sure the building isn't included in the deal.

The Craigslist ad says potential buyers must be preapproved for a loan prior to negotiations and that Jacobs, who is raising a baby, Hudson Fite Jacobs, with her partner, Lisa Morales, "is getting out of the business to spend time with my family ... it was great fun, but would rather have a life."

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Why isn't this old Chili's a hot property?

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 2:04 PM

There were all kinds of rumors buzzing around the restaurant community last week that a franchisee for Minneapolis-based Buffalo Wild Wings had signed a lease for the former Chili's Grill & Bar location in Westport at 554 Westport Road. The venue has been sitting empty for nearly a year.

Not true, says Don Gesson, leasing agent for Block & Company. "I haven't spoken to anyone from Buffalo Wild Wings, but I'd be happy to take a call."

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Walt Bodine ate here! (Really, he did)

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Will someone put a new restaurant here, please?
  • Will someone put a new restaurant here, please?

It's been a long, long time since anyone ordered a cheeseburger in this long-vacant building, on the southwest corner of Linwood Boulevard and Troost. But back when it was a Katz Drugstore, there used to be a snappy lunch counter. The structure, which dates back to the mid-1930s, still has some fabulous Art Deco details. Wouldn't it make a great restaurant today?

This vacant location actually has a less interesting history than the land it stands on. Nearly a century ago, it was the site of the old Bodine's All-Night Drugstore. That's right, Walt's dad.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Are there more empty restaurant spaces than usual in downtown Lawrence?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Looking to open a restaurant in Lawrence? Here's a spot!
  • Looking to open a restaurant in Lawrence? Here's a spot!

Fat City traveled to Lawrence yesterday to see what was going on in the restaurant scene on busy Massachusetts Street -- including the still-closed Jefferson's Restaurant -- and noted more empty restaurant storefronts than we recall seeing in a long time. The casualties included the Teapouro Tea & Espresso shop, above, and a burger joint, Jo Schmo's, among others.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Calling all restaurateurs: River Market has three prime locations for you

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 2:58 PM

The old Merchant's Bank Building could become a boutique burger bar?

In this week's Cafe review of Hickok's Bar & Grill, owner Forbes Cross says he thinks that the River Market neighborhood is "on the edge of a real revival.... We just need a few more restaurants to come in and create a potent destination. The energy is already there."

So are three vacant spaces that Deb Churchill, property manager of the City Market, believes would be great locations for satellite operations of locally owned restaurant groups. Wouldn't it be great, she says, to have a version of Blanc Burgers + Bottles or Room 39 around the market district?

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Thai Paradise building, restaurant still for sale

Posted By on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 4:01 PM

After 33 years, Thai Paradise's owners want to retire.
  • After 33 years, Thai Paradise's owners want to retire.

The dark-brick, two-story building at 1513 Grand has been on the market for nearly two years. For many years, it was the site of the Willy Cafe, which served Chinese and Thai food. Most recently, it's been Thai Paradise.

The price tag -- $400,000 -- is firm. Why? Because the building's owner, Dale House, is committed to the purchase of Thai Paradise as part of the deal.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Don's Steakhouse in Lawrence still looking for a buyer

Posted By on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Don's Steakhouse had a heyday in Lawrence, but it ended
  • Don's Steakhouse had a heyday in Lawrence, but it ended

Looking to open a new restaurant in Lawrence, Kansas? Lawrence realtor Kelvin Heck -- with Grubb & Ellis -- is looking for you. Heck is listing the location at 2176 East 23rd Street that was formerly occupied by Don's Steakhouse.

The building is now being rented out to antique dealers, but when the restaurant was in its heyday, in the 1970s, it was considered one of the best steakhouses in Lawrence, favored by sportswriters who traveled the "Big Eight" beat.

Heck says that plenty of people have looked at the location, "but no one is building new restaurants these days."

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Who will bring Yahooz back from Boot Hill?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Bring on a chuckwagon buffet!
This Leawood structure was built in 1998 to house "cowboy steakhouse" Yahooz -- at the height of the PB&J restaurant chain's glory days. When business started flagging a decade later, the owners decided to revive another of its restaurant concepts, the Coyote Grill, in the venue. The new Coyote Grill opened in the spring of 2009 and was closed by that autumn.

The restaurant, designed in a handsome Western motif, still sits empty. In this economy, perhaps Town Center Plaza should shake off its hoity-toity image and encourage a low-cost western-style steakhouse to move into the space. Maybe a Golden Corral?

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