Old Louisville’s Slice deli closes suddenly

Owner and chef Matt Davis has closed his sandwich shop and deli, Slice, at 1161 S. Second St., citing a number of factors related to the physical constraints of the building, sociological issues involving the Old Louisville neighborhood, and his own needs to work other jobs and not being able to devote the time to make the project successful.

Davis, who has also operated Lil Cheezers food truck (and briefly a Lil Cheezers physical restaurant in the Highlands, where El Taco Luchador now is), opened Slice this past summer. The location was at the corner of Oak and Second Sts., in an older building that had been for many years a small hardware store. Continue reading Old Louisville’s Slice deli closes suddenly

Three excellent special dinners this week

La Chasse, 610 Magnolia and Corbett’s An American Place all are offering special dinners this week. As usual, these dinners allow the  chefs to present dishes not on the usual menu and often introduce diners to interesting value wines (or beers or liquors). Without a doubt, all these offerings are excellent value. Continue reading Three excellent special dinners this week

Celebrate Merle’s transformation all week

Tony Palombino’s successful Mod Mex bar, restaurant and honky-tonk music venue, Manny & Merle’s, has undergone a transformation into Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen, renamed to denote its reverence for its Whiskey Row location at 122 W. Main St., and to highlight the renovation and expansion of the dining and performance space. To mark all this activity, the new Merle’s will host a VIP kick-off event Monday, Oct. 24 from 5 – 9 p.m., with the celebrations continuing through Thursday, Oct. 27.

Renovations to the space feature a larger outdoor “Merle’s Backyard’” patio, with a bar, fire pit and adult games. Inside, the restaurant has a larger stage, added seating and a private dining room, and an updated menu.

Each day next week the restaurant will offer specials, giveaways, and prizes, and will be pouring several one-of-a-kind single barrel bourbons to go along with the 100 bourbons they currently offer. There will, of course, be live music performances most nights during the celebration, featuring Nashville bands as well as local talent playing the rawer, honky-tonk style of country that has been a hallmark of Manny & Merle’s.

For more details about the celebration week, go to www.merleswhiskeykitchen.com or call (502) 290-8888.

Coqui’s Café closes, looks for larger space

A message on their Facebook page has announced that Coqui’s Café, which last year took over the locally-famous Little Chef diner space at 147 E. Market St. in New Albany, will be closing that location and taking a break from their business as the owners search for a new, larger space for their popular restaurant.

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Street foods inspire two veteran chefs

Urban street foods from around the world can have a special attraction for chefs. Such foods make use of indigenous ingredients that supply distinctive flavors, but must be made quickly and simply, with a minimum of ingredients. The challenge of such streets foods is the inspiration for two upcoming restaurants from two veteran chefs. Continue reading Street foods inspire two veteran chefs

Gander: An American Grill opens

Chris Mike, owner of Goose Creek Diner, has opened Gander: An American Grill, at111 S. English Station Rd. While Goose Creek Diner has long focused on Southern comfort food, Gander serves up a wide range of American food, from wings to prime rib, from crab cakes to tacos. Continue reading Gander: An American Grill opens

A week of interesting themed dinners

I keep listing the special themed dinners that restaurants host because I think they are especially good values, ways to experience more of a chef’s (and his staff’s) creativity, and a fine way to be introduced to new wines, beers or cocktails. In the next week there are at least four such dinners to consider joining. Continue reading A week of interesting themed dinners

Another Place Sandwich Shop renovates and revives

Another Place Sandwich Shop, 119 S. Seventh St., one of the oldest continuing lunch spots in downtown Louisville, has undergone a much-needed renovation, undertaken by Brian Goodwin, son of the business’s late owner, Jim Goodwin. The restaurant has been around for 44 years, started by Jim Goodwin when he was only in his 20’s. Brian Goodwin is committed to restoring the business to its vitality. Continue reading Another Place Sandwich Shop renovates and revives

Celebrate the Ohio River and beer at Beer on the Banks dinner

Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m., Levee at the River House, 3015 River Rd. will host a 5-course dinner paired with seasonal craft beers from regional breweries outdoors on the Levee patio, overlooking the Ohio River. The Beer on the Banks event is co-sponsored by LEO Weekly. Continue reading Celebrate the Ohio River and beer at Beer on the Banks dinner

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