March 2013

Spinelli’s Pizzeria opening on Dixie Hwy before going Hollywood in August

March 21, 2013
Spinelli’s Pizzeria opening on Dixie Hwy before going Hollywood in August

Whether you’re a pizza fan or a student of business, you’ve got to love a story like Spinelli’s Pizzeria‘s. The hip and humble carryout pizza joint that opened on Baxter Ave. in 2004 will open unit No. 5 in Valley Station in May and follow that with a spot in Hollywood — California, not Florida — […]

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Ay Caramba! Stunning new Coba Cocina restaurant unveiled in Lexington

March 21, 2013
Ay Caramba! Stunning new Coba Cocina restaurant unveiled in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Last Saturday’s soft opening dinner at Coba Cocina delivered on the promises its three owners gave me months ago during interviews for another story. All three gushed, saying it “is a restaurant like nothing you’ve ever seen, not even in pictures.” They were right. It’s easily one of the most beautiful eateries on this side of […]

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Yet again, Louisville restaurants are blessed by Zagat’s ignorance and laziness

March 21, 2013
Yet again, Louisville restaurants are blessed by Zagat’s ignorance and laziness

Yesterday we learned that Zagat, once a trustworthy go-to guide for great restaurants and travel destinations, chose Louisville one of “7 Up-and-Coming Food Cities Around the U.S.”  I couldn’t agree more. Our terrific restaurant scene has garnered a fair amount of adulation over the past few years—most of it deserved, some of it overblown, such […]

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Bullitt County winery tour surprises cynic and signals promise for burgeoning industry

March 21, 2013
Bullitt County winery tour surprises cynic and signals promise for burgeoning industry

The drive up to Brooks Hill Winery is one of the area’s most scenic. Ascending the winding two-lane, rock-walled stretch happens quickly and makes your ears pop. At the top of the knob the view opens; several hundred feet below is the convergence of Bullitt and Jefferson Counties, an impressive vista that’s worth the drive by itself. […]

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Looming sellout of Mayan Café tequila dinner shows spirit’s popularity in Bourbon Country

March 21, 2013
Looming sellout of Mayan Café tequila dinner shows spirit’s popularity in Bourbon Country

If there’s any chance you want a seat at the upcoming March 14 tequila dinner at the Mayan Café, stop reading and call 502-566-0651. Seats are that few and the  $60 per person meal warrants it. When I spoke Tuesday with Anne Shadle, partner and general manager at the Yucatan cuisine restaurant, she said reservations rolled […]

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Papa John’s notches stellar Q4 2012, but faces headwinds from increasing competition

March 21, 2013
Papa John’s notches stellar Q4 2012, but faces headwinds from increasing competition

Regardless of whether you think Papa John’s really uses better ingredients to produce better pizzas, and despite what you might think about founder, CEO, president, chairman, cheerleader, pitchman, chief cook and bottle washer John Schnatter’s prediction that the Affordable Care Act will cause the world’s third-largest pizza chain to bump up pizza prices an average of 14 […]

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Contrary to its name, Gravity Head is an uplifting experience for serious beer geeks

March 21, 2013
Contrary to its name, Gravity Head is an uplifting experience for serious beer geeks

“Since we’re drinking beer at 8:30 in the morning, does that make us alcoholics?” a friend asks only half sarcastically. “I can’t say I’ve done this — on purpose, anyway — in a long time.” Me, either, I tell him, save for last year’s Gravity Head kickoff at the NABC Pizzeria and Public House in New Albany. […]

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Pizza news: Loui Loui’s bringing first Detroit-style pizza to Louisville in April

March 21, 2013
Pizza news: Loui Loui’s bringing first Detroit-style pizza to Louisville in April

Michiganders-cum-Kentuckians rejoice: Detroit-style pizza is coming to town in April under the name of Loui Loui’s Authentic Detroit-style Pizza.  Before you think, “Really? Do we need more pizza in Louisville?” know that while the dough, sauce and cheese shtick is well represented here, no one does that style here. That’s good news for those who’ve […]

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Comfy Cow moooving toward expansion through franchising

March 21, 2013
Comfy Cow moooving toward expansion through franchising

Owners of The Comfy Cow, a local, three-unit super-premium ice cream and desserts company, are working with a host of restaurant veterans to ready their business for franchised growth. No less than Don Doyle (former president of KFC, CEO of Rally’s Hamburgers and former Qdoba franchisee in Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee) and Chip Hamm, former director […]

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Book review: ‘Beam, Straight Up,’ shares Noe family stories and tasty bourbon history

March 21, 2013
Book review: ‘Beam, Straight Up,’ shares Noe family stories and tasty bourbon history

When I received a press copy of Fred Noe’s autobiography, “Beam, Straight Up,” I had no doubt the story of this seventh-generation Jim Beam master distiller would be a good one. Noe is not only a born storyteller gifted with a memory for delicious details, he’s also generous to the cast of characters in those […]

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