Think of it as the local equivalent of peace breaking out in the Middle East…
Quinton’s Bar & Deli, one of the most popular KU and MU college haunts has splashed down in the wilds of Waldo. That after 20 years of existance as a Lawrence legend specializing in – wait for it – "bread bowls and bomb ass waitresses."
The joint’s practically infamous for having a staff of 60 to 70 college grrrl hotties who party there when they’re off duty. Making it something of a dude magnet and actually difficult to get in at times..
But Quinton’s also been going strong for about 15 years in MU Tiger Country. Complete with a dance club and kickass rooftop patio.
Now its upscale game is afoot in Waldo in the former home of Hannibal’s Waldo Bar.
"Doesn’t this look nice?" says landlord Joe Zwillenberg. "You know what I say, it’s the Cigar Box south without Al Latta. The food’s really good. And there are seven Quinton’s now but Lawrence is the original."
Speaking of Jayhawks, Zwillenberg is a card carrying board member of the Tiger Club of Kansas City. Meaning he’d just as soon as run one over in his Porsche as honk at it. That said, he’s got no compunction whatsoever about co-owning a bar and deli with roots in KU Basketball Land.
In other words, when it comes to catering to area college football and basketball fans, Zwillo goes both ways.
"If you can’t beat ’em, get ’em to spend money at your place," he quips. "Besides, a lot of my friends are big KU alums and there’s a Quinton’s in Columbia, so we welcome everybody."
What’s more, there are enough TVs to handle all three area college team’s at the same time. That’s KU, MU and K-State, if you’re counting. Heck, enough even to dial in UMKC and Rockhurst. I digress…
And if you haven’t been to the Waldo Bar since Hannibal left the building, you’re in for an eye popping.
"We repainted everything and made all the booths look new," Zwillenberg says. "And we have marble tables everywhere and put in a new tile floor. We’re looking at being an upscale Peanut slash Cigar Bar where people can hang out and have a good time."
Quinton’s Waldo features DJs Friday and Saturday nights along with a its secret weapon…
"We have brought over the best bartender in the city, Kelly," Zwillenberg says. "I’m not going to say her last name, but she was a bartender in a Raytown bar for 10 years called Cuzzins. She’s the most energetic, bubbily bartender I’ve ever had working for me, and she has a huge following."
One last detail: a close second to Quinton’s bread bowls are its sandwiches, Zwillenberg says.
"All of ’em are great and they have eight ounces of meat – that’s a half pound of meat on each one."
As for battling it out with fellow MU dawgs Andy and Chris Lewellen – across the street at Lew’s and The Well – "I think we’re a good compliment to their businesses," Zwillenberg says. "We’re open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. And they close at 1 a.m., so from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. we’re busy."