Not a church restaurant – a restaurant in a church

Fredricks, a sit-down restaurant located in the Family Life Center of St. Stephen’s Church, 1508 W. Kentucky St., is now serving meals 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sundays. The church’s pastor Kevin Cosby asked Jerriel Bell, a former military chef who later studied at the culinary school at the Art Institute of Atlanta, to run the “restaurant inside a church.” Continue reading Not a church restaurant – a restaurant in a church

Tour European wines at Brasserie Provence dinner

Brasserie Provence, 150 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy., will host a 5-course wine dinner on Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. Wine expert David DuBou from Vintner Select has selected wine pairings of wines made with grapes that are not used in France, but are mainstays of the wine industries in Italy, Austria, Spain and Portugal.

Chef Patrick Gosden’s menu will start with fried artichoke hearts with shaved Parmesan served with Indigenous Prosecco from Italy at the reception. The appetizer will be an asparagus goat cheese terrine served with an Austrian Gruner Veltliner, followed by lasagna made with the  Chef’s family recipe, paired with an Italian Chianti Riserva. The entrée will be a cauliflower- crusted lamb chop and pimento capsicum relish served with a Spanish Rioja Reserva. Dessert will be Tartaruga brownie and Kentucky Farm Blue Cheese served with a Portugese Kopke 10 Year Old Tawny Port. 

The dinner is $65. Call 502-883-3153.  The wines served at the dinner will be available for purchase with 15% discount through Westport Whiskey & Wine.

Restaurant Week at Norton Commons

The restaurant scene in Norton Commons out near Crestwood has been growing fast in the last year or so. To highlight the eating choices in the trendy East End neighborhood, Norton Commons will host its first Restaurant Week Monday, Jan 23 through Monday, Jan. 30. Continue reading Restaurant Week at Norton Commons

Monkey Wrench, Tom + Chee both close

Two Highlands-area restaurants, The Monkey Wrench, 1025 Baxter Ave., and Tom + Chee, 1702 Bardstown Rd., have announced that they are closing for good. The Monkey Wrench’s departure from the scene will take until April 1, with lots of nostalgia and hoopla for its 12-year run. Tom + Chee’s last Louisville location closed last week due to a burst pipe, but has decided not to re-open at all. Continue reading Monkey Wrench, Tom + Chee both close

D. Nalley’s is back in business

Everyone’s favorite throwback diner, D. Nalley’s is back in business as a diner. Rick Longino, who had been interested in the business since it closed last year, has bought out Jay Shreve’s interest in the business, and opened as a diner again last weekend.

Shreve had planned to open a barbecue restaurant in the classic red and white building at 970 S. Third St., but when his wife suddenly died unexpectedly, he had to turn his attention to his family, and put the building back up for sale. Shreve had done much of the infrastructure work needed to bring the building up to code, such as moving the bathrooms to the main floor, and upgrading some kitchen fixtures. Those improvements made it possible for Longino to move in with minimal extra work.

The new iteration of D. Nalley’s is currently serving breakfast and lunch, with breakfast orders available all day, beginning a 8 a.m., seven days a week.  Lunch service begins at 10:30, and the restaurant is open until 3 p.m. Longino plans to add dinner as he and his 5-person staff shake down and get their rhythm going. He also has plans to expand into delivery service, and to do off-site catering.

In a phone interview, Longino said some of the old regulars from the neighborhood have come in, and are helping in getting the word out the D. Nalley’s is back in business. Longino has hired three of the former D. Nalley’s employees, and added two more of his old friends to fill out his staff. For a look at his menu, click here

Restaurant news from the Sunny Side

Southern Indiana restaurateurs seem not deterred a bit by the prospect of the start of bridge tolling, perhaps confident of the growing dining sophistication of Hoosiers, and not dependent on those persnickety guys to the south. In any event, several new – or at least newish – restaurants have opened across the river from Louisville.

  • Naila’s Caribbean Cuisine has been open in Clarksville 1370 Veterans Pkwy., since last fall, tucked into a strip mall behind the Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que there. The menu boasts colorful and flavorful dishes that reflect the strong influence of Indian immigrant cuisine in the Caribbean islands.

Dishes offered include stew beef or pork with lentils, curry chicken or goat, jerk chicken served with rice and plantains, and a dish called “doubles” featuring hand-made flatbread filled with curried chick peas. Some days a fried whole fish is a special menu choice. Several curries rotate, and there are side dishes of dal (spiced lentils) and aloo (chickpeas and potatoes.

  • Over in Jeffersonville, Parlour, a pizza restaurant at 131 W. Chestnut St. is a hop and a skip from the Big Four Bridge, in a Victorian house that once was a bed and breakfast. The restaurant is to feature an upstairs bar and lounge with a private party room and a downstairs seating area. Pizzas will be baked in a coal-fired oven. The restaurant also has a patio that in the warmer months will become a beer garden.
  • Also in Jeffersonville, Café at Big Four Station, 223 Pearl St., is in a renovated historic house at the foot of the Big Four. Owner Carol Stembro envisions a place where Big Four Bridge pedestrians and cyclists can pop in for salads, yogurts, popsicles, coffee and other healthful refreshments.

Fond fun theme dinners benefit Dare to Care

Fond, the Crescent Hill local grocer-cum-restaurant (or is it a restaurant-cum-local grocery?) at 2520 Frankfort Ave., is offering monthly special dinners which will benefit Dare to Care, the non-profit that partners with over 300 local social service agencies such as food pantries, shelters and emergency kitchens to distribute food to those in the Louisville area that are food-insecure.

On the last Sunday of each month, chef/owner of Fond, Madeleine Dee, will prepare a 5-course dinner with a food theme related to “a beloved work of literature or the silver screen,” as Dee puts it. Continue reading Fond fun theme dinners benefit Dare to Care

NuLu to get Louisville Cream scoop shop

The premium small-batch ice cream maker Louisville Cream has announced plans to open a retail store in NuLu, at 632 E. Market St., in the long-empty space next door to Muth’s Candies. If all goes well with building renovations and other details, owner Darryl Goodner hope to be serving by Derbytime. Continue reading NuLu to get Louisville Cream scoop shop

Eric Morris of Gospel Bird looks to conquer seafood next

Gospel Bird, the fried chicken-focused southern food restaurant opened by chef Eric Morris last year in New Albany, will be joined by seafood restaurant on the Indiana riverfront, if plans work out.

Morris’s first plans for expansion, an eclectic urban street food concept he was going to call Concrete Jungle, turned out to be more ambitious than he had thought. according to a story in Louisville Business First. But he has the space at 324 E. Main St. in New Albany, about a block away from Gospel Bird, and has decided to work out a seafood concept, his second choice idea that he has been mulling for a while.

Morris thinks seafood is a good fit for the Southern Indiana market, an idea he has floated on his blog and Facebook. He envisions a fresh seafood grill with a raw bar, and a rooftop bar overlooking the river. He intends to pitch the menu at a moderate level, appealing to family casual dining, with dishes served in baskets and buckets.

Morris’s business partner in this venture will be Garrett Petters, who has worked at Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar in Louisville and Brooklyn and the Butcher, and was a manager in the fish department at Whole Foods.

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