January 2013

Guaca Mole team to open Mussel & Burger Bar Feb. 4

January 21, 2013
Guaca Mole team to open Mussel & Burger Bar Feb. 4

The team of Fernando, Christina and Yaniel Martinez (husband, wife and cousin, respectively) who gave Louisville Guaca Mole last year, will open their second restaurant, Mussel & Burger Bar, 9200 Taylorsville Rd. in Jeffersontown on Feb. 4. Those who remember the site – just east of Hurstbourne Parkway in the middle of J-town’s retail cluster […]

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The question that won’t die: Why did Lynn Winter close Lynn’s Paradise Café?

January 21, 2013
The question that won’t die: Why did Lynn Winter close Lynn’s Paradise Café?

Question: Who’s the smartest person in this trio: cyclist Lance Armstrong, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o or Lynn’s Paradise Café owner Lynn Winter? Answer: Lynn Winter, because she has the sense to keep her mouth shut before the press. In a week when Lance Armstrong loosed his lying tongue and Manti Te’o lacquered his loony “girlfriend hoax” […]

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Pajama breakfasts no more: Lynn’s Paradise Café closes abruptly on Jan. 11

January 21, 2013
Pajama breakfasts no more: Lynn’s Paradise Café closes abruptly on Jan. 11

Lynn’s Paradise Café, one of Louisville’s most iconic restaurants, closed abruptly Friday night. A statement authored by founder and owner, Lynn Winter, was released to the press late Friday, but gave no reason other than saying, “As of January 11, 2013 Lynn’s Paradise Café has closed its doors. “Thank you to all of our loyal […]

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Steve Coomes: Server’s smear campaign over Lynn’s Paradise Café’s ‘bank gate’ is ridiculous

January 21, 2013
Steve Coomes: Server’s smear campaign over Lynn’s Paradise Café’s ‘bank gate’ is ridiculous

(Editor’s Note: we clarified Coomes’s language to make it clear he is discussing the legality and commonplace nature of “bank” arrangements in general, not the specifics of the employment dispute in question.) Leila DiFazio had been a server for 11 months at Lynn’s Paradise Café before being sacked Jan. 2. The cause? Refusing to follow LPC’s new policy […]

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Brown Hotel chefs travel to Newsom’s Country Ham ahead of Friday artisan ham dinner

January 21, 2013
Brown Hotel chefs travel to Newsom’s Country Ham ahead of Friday artisan ham dinner

PRINCETON, Ky.—“Come on! Let’s go see these hams!” Laurent Geroli whispers to a pair of traveling companions while grinning and nibbling on slices of Col. Bill Newsom’s Aged Kentucky Country Ham. The executive chef at the Brown Hotel, Geroli isn’t as impatient as he is excited. A week ahead of a Jan. 11 dinner at […]

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Havana Rumba reduces lunch hours to launch new fast-casual concept

January 21, 2013
Havana Rumba reduces lunch hours to launch new fast-casual concept

Good news: The local kings of Cuban cuisine at Havana Rumba plan to open a fast-casual concept dubbed Havana Rumba Express later this spring. Bad news: To enable its owners to focus on the new project, they’re eliminating lunches at Havana Rumba Monday through Thursday, but will be open for midday meals Friday to Sunday. Truth: That should disappoint only […]

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Steve Coomes’ 10 wishes for Louisville restaurants in 2013

January 21, 2013
Steve Coomes’ 10 wishes for Louisville restaurants in 2013

1. Improved service. Good service is hard work, but it’s not brain surgery. It’s attention to details, preferences, listening to and remembering what guests say and reading their body language. I haven’t waited tables in 20 years and I still can’t help overhearing what customers near me order, memorizing that and then being blown away that […]

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Weekend sips: Angels Envy Cask Strength bourbon and ATG BierePoix are on our list

January 21, 2013
Weekend sips: Angels Envy Cask Strength bourbon and ATG BierePoix are on our list

If you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve at home with friends or out on the town this year, we’ve got some adult beverage suggestions we’re betting you’ve not had. First up, Angels Envy Cask Strength: This is a big-budget item worth the mention if you’ve had a good year financially—which means post-fiscal cliff, you’ll have a tough […]

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