KingFish closes one location, remodels another

One of Louisville’s most iconic popular restaurants, KingFish Inc. has closed its Blankenbaker Pkwy. location, with the intention of focusing the fish restaurants along both sides of the riverfront. The two river locations, near the Water Tower in Louisville and on Riverside Dr. in Jeffersonville, have been doing better business than the suburban location, which has been just holding its own. Continue reading


Downtown Mussel & Burger Bar opens for lunch today

The closing of St. Charles Exchange happened quickly, but the conversion of that classy space into the newest addition to Fernando Martinez’s restaurant empire happened even more quickly. The second location of Mussel & Burger Bar will open today, Tuesday, Oct. 6 for lunch at 113 S. Seventh St. Continue reading


My Morning Jacket connection bodes creative mix for Butchertown Grocery’s upstairs space

My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan’ s partnership with local attorney Jon Salomon and chef Bobby Benjamin is likely to provide a most interesting level of creative connections for the performance space and bar above Benjamin’s new restaurant, planning to open in November. Continue reading

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Fond is now open

Fond, the newest addition to the eclectic food and dining mix along Frankfort Ave., is now open for business at 2520 Frankfort Ave. Today is the first day of operation for personal chef Madeleine Dee, who is offering a selection of baked goods (including what she is calling her $100 cake), coffee and tea, heat-at-home dinners and locally produced goods such as produce from Ashbourne Farms and a limited amount of kimchi from Funked and Fermented Kimchi Lab.

Dee will be open today, Friday, Oct. 2, until 1 p.m.. Her regular hours will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. On Friday and Saturday evenings she will offer dinners for up to 12 people for $75 a person (BYOB). You can book a full party of 12, or join a smaller group of strangers – a great way to meet new people. By “subscribing” to 3 or more dinners, you get one-third off them all, a series for $50 per person each dinner.

Five dates for dinners are booked solid, Dee says, but there are open spaces at many of other dates to fill out the table. The phone for Fond: Louisville’s Homemade Grocery Store is (502) 727-3631; email is The web site is


HopCat under construction at former Spindletop in the Highlands

All the construction happening all around town lately has been phenomenal, so when work began recently at the corner of Grinstead and Bardstown Rd. recently, it took a few passes during my commutes to notice exactly what was happening. Michigan-based Barfly Ventures, which owns four bar and restaurant concepts, is creating a HopCat bar and restaurant in that potentially hot corner. Continue reading


Joe’s Older than Dirt to become Red Barn Kitchen

Changes are afoot in Lyndon. Joe’s Older than Dirt, a restaurant and bar that has been an iconic presence in the near East-End neighborhood has announced that it will close by Oct. 31. And Fernando Martinez, indefatigable restaurant creator, has announced that he will take over the property and develop it into a new restaurant operated by his Olé Restaurant Group, Red Barn Kitchen, which will feature a menu of Southern cuisine and Low-Country cooking. Continue reading


Fans of chain restaurants have new choices in town

There is a business meme circulating that claims that new restaurant chains opening in a city speak to that city’s economic strength, as perceived by outsiders. If that is the case, the Louisville looks to be booming, with several new small chains setting up shop around town. Continue reading


Musical chairs for NuLu chefs

Coby Ming was the chef at Wiltshire on Market when it first opened, but she left to become head chef at Harvest Restaurant when it opened virtually next door. Now Ming is returning to the Wiltshire fold, leaving Harvest to organize the Wiltshire at the Speed cafe when the Speed Museum re-opens. She will be joined by Harvest pastry chef Patricia Knight. Continue reading


Palombino looking to Middletown for second Joella’s Chicken store

“We’ve been amazed  by the response to Joella’s,” Tony Palombino said in a phone interview. “It’s been terrific, and given us a lot of encouragement to open a second restaurant.”

That second Joella’s Hot Chicken will be in Middletown, at a site that Palombino can’t reveal just yet. He is shooting for a mid-January 2016 opening, to give the East End a chance to sample Nashville-style spicy chicken. Continue reading

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