The Omni Hotel in Louisville opened last week and is now hosting guests, but it’s more than a hotel. It’s a destination for locals as well, with various restaurants or bars to choose from in addition to Falls City Market: a marketplace with a Heine Brothers coffee shop, groceries, gifts, a florist, a liquor store, barbecue, sushi, pizza and more to choose from when hungry. (The pool is not open to the public.)
Here are some photos of the various spaces within the new 30 story hotel. The rooftop pool was not open, but there are some photos of the patio space there. Also, Bob’s Steakhouse is open, but was not open when we visited for photos.d
Just in time for their two-year anniversary, gourmet frozen treat shop Steel City Pops has partnered with Quills Coffee to open a Saint Matthews coffee and pop shop at 117 St. Matthews Ave. Steel City Pops posted to their Instagram account last night, saying the location is “ SO CLOSE,” directing people to their blog for more info.
Roc Italian Restaurant featured an 80’s theme at its first “disco brunch” Sunday (disco, as in discotheque — a nightclub where dancing takes place), and a full house enjoyed the delicious food and drinks, followed by a DJ, live guitarist and live percussionist. The prix fixe menu offered a variety of fine breakfast or lunch option as well as a few dessert options as you can see below. The $50 / person ticket included the meal, two drinks and a dessert — and a whole lot of fun.
Mint Julep Experiences announced yesterday that they have expanded to serve the growing Nashville, Tennessee tourism industry. Owners Sean and Lisa Higgins utilized their 10 years of experiential tourism expertise to create memorable experiences on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail® and beyond. Two distinct day-long Tennessee whiskey adventures will start this April departing from downtown Nashville, five days a week. Continue reading Mint Julep Tours Expanding to Nashville→
Bar Vetti, 800 S Fourth St., is now having a guest chef on the second Monday of each month. Last month, the restaurant featured Holy Grale’s Josh Lehman, and this month’s guest is Paul Skulas, formerly of Portage House, who is about to open his new deep South concept Couvillion in April.
Match’s Cigar Bar at 147 E. Main St. in New Albany will soon be a new bourbon bar and lounge called Double Barrel, owned by Michelle Ray and Courtney Cain. The two women will hire five new staff members in addition to keeping the current staff from their mobile bartending business “Naked by Sunday,” which they started last year to fill in at events. As required in Indiana, the brick and mortar building will allow their mobile bartending services to offer cash and open bars at events like weddings. They plan to open the brick and mortar by the end of March.
The Brown Hotel and its famous Hot Brown have caught the attention of former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, who will feature this signature dish on the new season of INSP’s award-winning original culinary-travel series State Plate, which follows Hicks as he tastes his way across the United States on a quest to assemble plates that represent each state’s most historic and tastiest foods.
The episode highlighting iconic Kentucky dishes will air on Monday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. EST and features the Brown Hotel’s executive chef James Adams and Hicks preparing and eating the Hot Brown in the hotel’s kitchen and four-star English Grill. This episode also features Frankfort, Lexington, Lawrenceburg and Louisville for Benedictine, burgoo, spoonbread, and bourbon balls.
Photography by Chris Witzke of the famous Hot Brown
If you enjoy the artsy and fun vibe in the HIghlands, get ready for something new and sparkly. Roc, 1327 Bardstown Rd, is going to be hosting disco brunches, and the first one is this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Every month will have a theme, and this one features the 80’s with a guitarist, percussionist and a DJ. You can come dressed as you like or join the staff in your 80’s garb. $50 per person includes one brunch item, one dessert, two drinks and a whole lot of dancin’; reservations are requested and can be made by calling 502-459-7878.
“I had a restaurant in new york, and we threw lots of parties,” said owner Rocco Cadalini. “By noon, there will be heavy duty music. The idea is that by the time you leave, you’ll feel like you were at a disco all night.”
Photography: One of Cadalini’s disco brunches in New York, courtesy of Roc
As the water finally begins to recede, those who make their living along the Ohio River are just starting their long journey to recovery. The floods were unforgiving for numerous bars and restaurants that dot River Road. So, restaurateur Chef John Varanese made the decision to rally the Louisville community in support of its food community. The Ohio River flooding cut off revenue for several days and now significant resources will be spent to cleanup and rebuild the eateries so they can reopen for business. To help fill that financial void, Varanese, owner of River House Restaurant & Raw Bar, Levee, as well as Varanese Restaurant, will host benefit concerts this Thursday, March 8 through Saturday, March 10, for his colleagues in the food and beverage industry. Varanese will also be delivering food and bottled water to employees and volunteers doing clean up at restaurants on Friday.
Join Mayor Greg Fischer for a ribbon cutting as Heine Brothers’ Coffee celebrates the grand opening of their newest location at the new Omni Hotel at 400 S. 2nd Street in downtown Louisville. The newest Heine Bros will be part of the Falls City Market, a 20,000 sq. foot urban market and food hall including grocery, brick oven pizza, a florist, wine & spirits, and more. This new location will be open seven-days-a-week from 6 a.m.-8 p.m.