Monkey Wrench’s kitchen to change at the New Year

Dennie Humphrey, owner of The Monkey Wrench, the popular bar, restaurant and music showcase at 1025 Barret Ave., has decided to rent out the kitchen and restaurant space–which will be known as The Monkey’s Uncle Grill–to Matt Davis and Bret Donaldson. The idea of renting the kitchen had been developing in his mind for some time, and starting the new year with a new food concept seemed the right thing to do. Continue reading Monkey Wrench’s kitchen to change at the New Year

New Year’s Eve at local restaurants

New Years Eve is a party time for everyone–except those poor restaurant industry workers who will be serving. So tip like you are Sinatra (I think that means tip big; I would hate to think that Ol’ Blue Eyes was a skinflint.)  Here are some restaurant celebrations we have heard about. The list is long, we have undoubtedly left someone out (for which we apologize), and be sure to check through to the end for a couple of suggestions of where to wind down on Jan. 1. Continue reading New Year’s Eve at local restaurants

More arrivals and departures on the restaurant scene

Even in the depths of winter the local restaurant world is churning, offering new options, and sadly bidding adieu to old friends. Burger trucks and beer pubs are leaving, and even more pizza joints are arriving. Here’s what’s been happening recently. Continue reading More arrivals and departures on the restaurant scene

Here are some ideas for dining out during the upcoming holidays

There are lots of reasons for dining out during Christmas other than that the neighbor’s dogs stole your Christmas dinner. And, though Chinese restaurants are the classic choice, there are lots of other possibilities around town. Here are some options to consider. Continue reading Here are some ideas for dining out during the upcoming holidays

Ann Marie’s Bacon Bar fills important culinary gap

Ann Marie’s Bacon Bar has an obvious focus, clearly spelled out in its name. Owner Ann Marie Dunlap’s restaurant idea, open now at 10301 Taylorsville Rd. in Jeffersontown, seems to have filled a need, for the restaurant had to close early one day soon after its opening because it ran out of food. Continue reading Ann Marie’s Bacon Bar fills important culinary gap

A winter treat: tamales and tequilas Mondays at Mayan Cafe

Monday evenings, January through March, Mayan Cafe, Market St., will offer tamale and tequila specials, in addition to the regular menu. Aged craft tequilas will be paired with Chef Bruce’s handmade tamales, with different fillings featured each week. All tamales are gluten-free and every other week will feature a vegetarian version.   Continue reading A winter treat: tamales and tequilas Mondays at Mayan Cafe

Easy Entertaining: Celebrate With Chocolate

Who doesn’t like chocolate? Or holidays? Well we have a reason to celebrate then because there are no less than 42 official Chocolate Holidays during the year. And the winter season has a few good ones that have inspired in us some party ideas.

December 16 was National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day, and December 28 is simply National Chocolate Day. In January, the 17th is National Ditch Your Resolutions Day, an occasion that just cries out for a chocolate binge, and January 27 is National Chocolate Cake Day, so you can binge again. Continue reading Easy Entertaining: Celebrate With Chocolate

If you want one of the Ten Tables, act fast

Opening two immediately popular restaurants within months of each other earlier this year was apparently not enough for chefs Dustin Staggers and Griffin Paulin of Roux and Rumplings Slurp Shop. Now they are collaborating with Loop 22’s Eric Morris for an exclusive dinner club-style concept called Ten Tables. Continue reading If you want one of the Ten Tables, act fast

Jay’s Cafeteria getting new life as business incubator

The glory days of Jay’s Cafeteria are long over. Before it closed six years ago, it was a meeting place for politicians from across the city, families dining after church on Sunday, and those-in-the-know from all over who relished the choices on the long cafeteria bar–fried chicken, rib tips, fried fish, long-cooked greens, several varieties of cobbler. But the fact that the kitchen equipment, including ovens, counters and hood systems, is still in place makes the space at 1800 Muhammad Ali Blvd., ripe for a revival of use. Continue reading Jay’s Cafeteria getting new life as business incubator

Pamphlet connects locavore eaters with like-minded restaurants

Thirty-three restaurants now make a point of buying locally-raised produce and meat products (and some fish too) for use in their dishes. If locally sourcing your foods matters to you (and it should), a new pamphlet put together by metro government’s Farm to Table program will help connect you to restaurants that share your locavore values. Continue reading Pamphlet connects locavore eaters with like-minded restaurants