May 2013

Quattro closes for reset; Meat could spoil Blind Pig; Martini adding location and Lynn’s for sale

May 7, 2013
Quattro closes for reset; Meat could spoil Blind Pig; Martini adding location and Lynn’s for sale

Kentucky Derby Week is hell on restaurant crews. Just ask Matt Saltzman, CEO of Pallas Partners, which owns Quattro on Fourth Street Live. The restaurant closed Monday and Tuesday to get its bearings before a scheduled reopening Wednesday night. “Derby week was the most hellacious experience I’ve ever seen,” Saltzman said. “So we closed for two days to […]

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Classy-casual Sidebar at Whiskey Row opens to public ahead of May 14 grand opening

May 7, 2013
Classy-casual Sidebar at Whiskey Row opens to public ahead of May 14 grand opening

I go to a lot of soft openings/pre-openings/VIP receptions/previews/peeks … whatever you want to call them … before a restaurant officially takes off the wraps, and I sometimes leave those events thinking, “This one’s not long for this world.”  I harbor no such thoughts about Sidebar at Whiskey Row, which smartly conducted several private dinner services […]

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Bluegrass Brewing Co., Lexington Brewing and Distilling prepare to create collaborative brew

May 7, 2013
Bluegrass Brewing Co., Lexington Brewing and Distilling prepare to create collaborative brew

Kentucky’s two largest brewers may be cooking up something special. Louisville-based Bluegrass Brewing Company’s bottling operation and Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. (LBDC), maker of Kentucky Ale and several other beers, have begun talks to produce a collaborative brew. Currently, the product has been loosely dubbed the I-64 Corridor Collaboration: LBDC-BBC Limited Edition Collaboration Brew, though no official production […]

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Opening tonight: Meat bartenders staffing Angel’s Envy Derby Week ‘pop-up bar’ on Main St.

May 7, 2013
Opening tonight: Meat bartenders staffing Angel’s Envy Derby Week ‘pop-up bar’ on Main St.

Angel’s Envy, a super-premium bourbon brand produced by Louisville Distilling Company, is bringing back its popular “pop-up bar” for Derby Week. The bar will be staffed with bartenders from (the currently idled) craft cocktail lounge Meat, who have produced a one-off list of crazy-good drinks for the week. The bar is located at 400 E. […]

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Restaurants shouldn’t price gouge during Derby Week, and customers should be patient

May 7, 2013
Restaurants shouldn’t price gouge during Derby Week, and customers should be patient

You get what you give in this life, and during Derby Week, Louisvillians—whether they are restaurant owners or restaurant customers—need to give a little extra. As the past has proven, some restaurants—usually they’re expensive places—jack up prices Thursday through Saturday. Nice. That’s pure greed, plain and simple, because no matter how many out-of-town guests you […]

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Chef shuffle: Curry new exec at Napa River, McCandless exits St. Charles Exchange, Hungerford leaves Coals

May 7, 2013
Chef shuffle: Curry new exec at Napa River, McCandless exits St. Charles Exchange, Hungerford leaves Coals

So much for the Harlem Shuffle. The Louisville Chef Shuffle is underway in at least three restaurant kitchens. • Curry running Napa kitchen: Two weeks ago, Brian Curry, a long-time sous chef atNapa River Grill, was appointed executive chef there. Under direction from its new owner, Junior Bridgeman, he and sous chef Seth Butkus have recently overhauled […]

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Derby City Roadhouse opening in City Café space in Mid City Mall

May 7, 2013
Derby City Roadhouse opening in City Café space in Mid City Mall

A new restaurant called Derby City Roadhouse could open next week in this space formerly home to City Café on the Baxter Avenue side of Mid City mall, technically 1250 Bardstown Road. Owner-operator Chris Harris, who also owns and runs the Southern Table Bar & Grill in Shelbyville, Ky., originally envisioned a more upscale restaurant in the […]

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Breakfast mimosas soon? Sunday restaurant liquor law change vote set for Thursday

May 7, 2013
Breakfast mimosas soon? Sunday restaurant liquor law change vote set for Thursday

If Louisville restaurateurs get their way, you soon could be drinking mimosas and bloody Marys as early as 10 a.m. on Sundays in their restaurants. For nearly two years, local operators and the Kentucky Restaurant Association have teamed up to convince local Louisville’s Metro Council that dumping the longstanding “no alcohol before 1 p.m. on […]

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Louisville Originals suing former treasurer, Asiatique partner Pabs Sembillo, for embezzlement

May 7, 2013
Louisville Originals suing former treasurer, Asiatique partner Pabs Sembillo, for embezzlement

Pabs Sembillo, co-owner of Asiatique Restaurant, is being sued for embezzlement by the Louisville Originals, a coalition of local independent restaurateurs. Sembillo served several years as treasurer for the group before he was relieved of his duties in 2012 after an audit discovered numerous financial improprieties. According to the group’s lawyer, Artie McLaughlin, Sembillo embezzled […]

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Cellar Door Chocolates owner partnering in new Jackknife restaurant at Butchertown Market

May 7, 2013
Cellar Door Chocolates owner partnering in new Jackknife restaurant at Butchertown Market

Louisville chocolatier Erika Chavez Graziano is joining forces with three partners to open a lunch and catering operation in Butchertown Market. The name of the 50-seat restaurant will be Jackknife and it’s expected to open in July. The menu will include an array of seasonal soups, salads, brunch dishes and box lunches. Chavez-Graziano, owner of Cellar Door […]

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