Around town restaurant roundup

July 2, 2009
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compass-rose.jpgSeveral tasty nuggets today:
  • Iozzo's Garden of Italy is slated to open July 17 along Meridian Street just south of Shapiro's and Greek Islands, in the former home of Leland's and Cafe@Ray. The owner's grandfather in the 1940s owned an 800-seat restaurant of the same name where the Hyatt Regency now stands.

  • La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant plans to open a new location on Lawton Loop Drive near 56th Street and Post Road in Lawrence. The chain has restaurants along Lafayette Road on the west side, along Washington Street on the east side and off Binford Boulevard on the north side.
  • Tomo Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar is slated to open later this month along Keystone Avenue north of 71st Street, in front of Wal-Mart.

  • Bert & Den's Grille & Chill has filed plans to open a 2,000-square-foot restaurant at Southern Plaza along U.S. 31 at I-465.

  • Bonjour Cafe & Bakery at 24th and Meridian streets has closed. It opened last August in front of the library services center.
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    • That's a shame about Bonjour Cafe & Bakery, I imagine if we see more residential development along that corridor, places like those can survive better.
    • Poor timing -- I just tried to go to Bonjour on Saturday for the first time and they were closed. I thought that seemed odd but figured they might have been a M-F type of place. Too bad that they couldn't make it.
    • There is plenty of residential in Herron Morton, but Bonjour was overpriced, extremely slow, the selection of fresh-baked goods was lacking and the food was mediocre. I am sad to see another vacant building along this strip, but you have to produce a good product to succeed.
    • Bonjour: I went on multiple occasions, as I live around the corner. However, the food was just average, the price was high, and they never seemed organized at all. On one occasion, I ordered a pasta dish from the menu board for a child in our group i.e. mac & cheese or spagetti, and was then told they didn't have any. I pretty much gave up on them after that.

      I think the location would be fine, just needs to be something with quick service at a reasonable price - or something less available - like a true bakery.
    • Any news on the Library Square development from Buckingham Properties?
    • You summed it up perfectly, Aaron. Bonjour was bland and overpriced. My wife and I live within walking distance and we really wanted to like it...we really did. But I am sorry to say that we made one visit and never went back.
    • Your roundup omits Cafe Zuppa, which opened at 320 N. Meridian earlier this month.
    • THERE IS NOT ENOUGH RESIDENTIAL DENSITY TO SUPPORT BUSINESSES LIKE THIS ON NORTH MERIDIAN!!! IT'S BASIC ECONOMICS!! PEOPLE DRIVE BY BUSINESSES IN THIS AREA......THEY DON'T LIVE HERE----YET!!! I GIVE IT 3-5 MORE YEARS.

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