To get national attention, Louisville culinary scene needs corporate support, festivals and more restaurants

To get national attention, Louisville culinary scene needs corporate support, festivals and more restaurants

When I hear locals say Louisville is worthy of being counted among the nation’s great food cities, I have to bite my tongue. I’ve learned the hard way that arguing that the city has a long way to go to being anywhere near comparable to New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles or Dallas, etc., gets […]

From manager to owner: Restaurant baron gives Davis a hand in buying Martini

From manager to owner: Restaurant baron gives Davis a hand in buying Martini

(Author’s note: Yes, this is two stories in a row about Martini Italian Bistro, and I don’t normally do such things. But I just learned this chapter of the restaurant’s change of ownership last night–while actually at Martini–and thought it too good to pass up. Call it a warm and fuzzy for the holiday.) Jim […]

Martini Italian Bistro’s Gruver mixes up win in GQ national cocktail contest

Martini Italian Bistro’s Gruver mixes up win in GQ national cocktail contest

Gary Gruver likes bartending contests, and they like him. For the second time since 2009, Gruver, who tends bar at Martini Italian Bistro (4021 Summit Plaza Drive), has notched a category victory in a nationwide cocktail contest sponsored by GQ magazine and Bombay Sapphire Gin. Two years ago, his Sapphire Rio (a combination of gin, […]

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