Archive for Friday, September 28, 2012

Owner looks to open second Mirth Cafe location in Tonganoxie

September 28, 2012, 1:15 p.m.

Updated: September 28, 2012, 3:35 p.m.

Another Lawrence restaurant could be expanding to Tonganoxie.

Mirth Café, 745 New Hampshire in Lawrence, is looking to add a second location in Tonganoxie at the former Elle’s Restaurant, 1212 E. U.S. Highway 24-40.

“We want to get a second location open and see how it works,” Ron Zahorik, owner Mirth Café, said Thursday. “Eighty-five percent of secondary restaurants, when you open multiple restaurants, are failures. So we don’t want to open too many too fast.”

Zahorik owns the restaurant wih his wife, Lena. They live in Tonganoxie, which was a factor in looking for a possible second location, Ron said.

He said food offerings would be similar to Mirth Café with “exactly the same coffee.”

Zahorik said he hopes to be open for business in Tonganoxie in November.

If the cafe opens, it would be the second restaurant with Lawrence ties to open in Tonganoxie this year. Jalapenos, which is affiliated with the El Mezcal restaurants in Lawrence, opened earlier this year.


ronzahorik 5 years, 7 months ago

I would just like to say, on behalf of Mirth Cafe Lawrence, that we are excited and anxious to bring our concept of great food, amazing coffee and exceptional customer service to the town of Tonganoxie, as long as all goes according to plan. We can't wait to see all your smiling faces.

Ron Zahorik Owner of Mirth Cafe Lawrence


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