January 30, 2007
At nine on Friday nights, the sounds of Luxe Soul fill the Star Bar in the back of Pachamama's. Well-behaved patrons of all stripes lounge in plush armchairs, quaffing wine and grazing on artfully presented appetizers. As the night deepens, they dance.
When Pachamama's chef and owner Ken Baker decided to relocate his successful restaurant from southwest Lawrence to the heart of downtown, many foodies in the community predicted disaster. In the year since the move, Baker and his staff have weathered growing pains, public doubt, and unbridled critical disdain.
Street Level settles into a posh booth to talk with Ken Baker and DJ Josh Powers (a.k.a. Scenebooster) about horrible reviews, too much government, and a bright future. And James Brown.