Q39 barbecue coming to Lawrence; restaurant slated to open in October

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Barbecue restaurant Q39 is coming to downtown Lawrence in October, according to a news release from the restaurant Wednesday.

Q39 will be located in the former Lawrence Journal-World printing complex in the 600 block of New Hampshire Street.

Plans for the restaurant are currently under review by the City of Lawrence. The redevelopment will be called Press Yards, and it will also include office space and “experiential components,” according to the release.

“Q39 will have a full-size kitchen specially designed to accommodate dine-in, a robust carry-out business, and large-scale catering, to serve Lawrence and the surrounding communities. There are also plans for a large outdoor seating area,” according to the release.

There may be popups prior to Q39 officially opening, according to the release.

Q39 has locations in Overland Park and Kansas City, Missouri and is branching out to Lawrence, “a place near and dear to the owner, Kelly Magee, who is part of three generations of the University of Kansas with her, her children, and her parents,” according to the release.

“I am thrilled to bring Q39 to such an historic space downtown,” Magee said in the release. “In college I waitressed at Smokehouse, so this is not my first-time serving BBQ in Lawrence!”

Rendering of Q39, planned to open in downtown Lawrence in October 2024 (Contributed image)
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