Wiltshire at the Speed — talents combine for artful eating

For three years a massive project has been going on at the Speed Art Museum, a transformation of the staid 1927 Neo-classical landmark into a new space that will be a center of education, exploration and appreciation of creativity in all its forms. Along with a modern addition that invites the community in, it is also an institution alive with ideas of reaching out.

Included in the impressive new edifice at 2035 S. Third Street is a modern café, Wiltshire at the Speed, combining the creative vision of owner Susan Hershberg and Executive Chef Coby Ming to complement the museum’s mission to both invite and serve. Continue reading Wiltshire at the Speed — talents combine for artful eating

Wear white to Conrad-Caldwell House picnic

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 28, the historical Conrad-Caldwell mansion on the northwest end of St. James Court will host a fund-raising picnic on the lawn from 6-10 p.m. The event will feature a table decorating competition, jazz by Karan Chavis and the RCW3 band, a silent auction and awards for those party-goers who dress all in white. Continue reading Wear white to Conrad-Caldwell House picnic

3 new pizza joints join the fray

Is Louisville’s pizza jones insatiable? At what point is market saturation a problem? The latest issue of F&D records 59 named listings of pizza purveyors, which does not account for multiple locations of many of those businesses, nor does it include other kinds of restaurants that have pizza on the menu. Clearly pizza is a default option for a lot of diners.

Those diners will soon have three more choices. Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza will open its third area store at 4055 Summit Plaza Drive; the Seattle-area chain MOD Pizza will enter the Louisville market on Breckenridge Lane in the McMahan Plaza shopping center; and Sicilian Pizza & Pasta is opening its second location, in Fern Creek’s Glenmary Plaza. Continue reading 3 new pizza joints join the fray

Joy Luck opens second restaurant in East End

Joy Luck, the popular Highlands restaurant featuring Taiwanese-style Chinese cuisine, is opening its second Louisville location at 9850 Von Allmen Ct., off the Gene Snyder Expressway and Brownsboro Rd. The first Joy Luck is in a shotgun-style building on Bardstown Rd, giving the business a comfortable and homelike feel. The new location is in a suite in a new development built and owned by Louisville developer The McMahan Group. Continue reading Joy Luck opens second restaurant in East End

Brown-Forman adds Scotch to its brand portfolio

I have long been nonplussed by the seemingly blithe transfer of commercial brands from one owner to another, and how mega-corporations own what seem to be independent products. For instance, did you know that Campbell’s Soup also owns Godiva Chocolates, Pepperidge Farm cookies, Oxo kitchen tools and SpaghettiOs, among several other familiar grocery brands?

Brown-Forman, in addition to their iconic Bourbon brands (Old Forester, Early Times, Jack Daniels and Woodford Reserve) also owns Finlandia vodka, Chambord liqueur and Korbel sparkling wines. Now B-F is getting into the Scotch market too, with the acquisition early next month of Scotch whiskey maker BenRiach Distillery Co. for about $415 million. Continue reading Brown-Forman adds Scotch to its brand portfolio

Comings & Goings

In this issue we list the arrival of two dozen new restaurants, the expansion of 10 more established businesses into one or more additional locations, and the return to business of two restaurants closed for several months to recover from fires. Against those numbers we note the closing of just 17 restaurants — and several of those locations have already been taken over by the new kids on the block.

Is this 2-to-1 ratio of growth sustainable? We already hear rumblings about the difficulty of staffing of new restaurants in general, much less with experienced help. But Louisvillians continue to find dining out an enjoyable entertainment option, and new concepts continue entering the market. As they say, let the good times roll. Continue reading Comings & Goings

Bristol Prospect loses lease, will close at the end of May

Bristol Bar & Grille, one of Louisville’s iconic and long-lived restaurants, is closing its Prospect location, at 6051 Timber Ridge Dr., on May 29 because it has been unable to negotiate a renewal of its lease with The Kroger Co., which owns the building. Continue reading Bristol Prospect loses lease, will close at the end of May

The Sweet Spot candy store opens in Highlands

With its brightly-painted chartreuse storefront, it is hard to miss The Sweet Spot Candy Shoppe, a new business that has opened at 1583 Bardstown Rd., the former site of WHY Louisville. Owners David Carney and Brian Wigginton gutted the building and refit the interior for their purposes. Continue reading The Sweet Spot candy store opens in Highlands

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