Archive for Wednesday, March 14, 2001

New eatery to feature Southwest cuisine

March 14, 2001

For years, the idea of owning a restaurant has appealed to Jack Cronemeyer.

In about three months, Cronemeyer plans to open Bad Jack's Southwest restaurant at 416 E. Fourth, in the former location of Billy Jack's An-tiques, which his mother and sister operated until last summer.

Jack Cron-emeyer, a builder, said the restaurant idea's been forming for a long time.

"This is something I've wanted to do for the last 25 years," he said.

He said the restaurant fare will be "true Southwest," food found in the upper Rio Grande Valley and northern New Mexico.

"We'll have a green chili sauce and a red chili sauce, and the menu will be built around them," he said.

In addition, Bad Jack's will feature a small menu of American favorites, such as steak and chicken.

Although many details must be worked out, Cronemeyer said he anticipates the restaurant will be open for dinner Monday through Saturday and for lunch on Saturday.

"If we get a good response for our lunch, maybe we'll open more at lunch," he said.

The restaurant will feature southwest design inside.

"We'll do some wild stuff that will be a lot of fun," Cronemeyer said. "We'll give it some pizazz."

New windows, doors, stucco and roofing will dress up the exterior.

"We're not going to change the downtown landscape at all," he said.

He anticipates sharing some kitchen employees with Circle S Ranch, and he's planning on his staff receiving some training from owners of La Parilla restaurant in downtown Lawrence.

One small stumbling block in Cronemeyer's path is a liquor license. City law says liquor cannot be served within 200 feet of a church, and the building is about 188 feet from the nearest church.

But it's not a deal-breaker, Cronemeyer said.

"We'll open whether we have a liquor license or not," he said. "We don't want to be bad neighbors."

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