8UP — Starting Out On Top

Atlanta-based Concentrics Restaurants’ gorgeous rooftop concept signals national interest in Louisville

Located atop the Hilton Garden Inn at Chestnut and Fourth streets, the striking dining spaces of 8Up offer several ways to enjoy a brand-new view of the city, from the intimate fine dining room to the vibrant lounge to the breathtaking open patio — all with maximum enjoyment in mind. As developing partner Todd Rushing says: “We do fun well.”

As a big-city restaurateur looking for new opportunities, Todd Rushing knew from research that Louisville had the essential ingredients for success: A burgeoning food culture. Talented chefs. Legendary traditions. Continue reading 8UP — Starting Out On Top

60 West Bistro & Martini Bar closes abruptly

The owners of 60 West Bistro & Martini Bar announced Friday, Feb. 27 that they will close their operation at 3939 Shelbyville Rd. in St. Matthews as of Saturday, Feb. 28., after a “going away” party Friday, capped by the last $5 Martini Night. Continue reading 60 West Bistro & Martini Bar closes abruptly

Prepare your senses for 17th annual Gravity Head Festival

Those who admire beer with big body, assertive flavor and high levels of alcohol will have lots to sample at New Albanian Brewing company’s annual Gravity Head event, beginning at 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 27, with the tapping of the first group of kegs, which will be served with breakfast pizza and donuts at New Albanian, 3312 Plaza Drive, just off Grant Line Road in New Albany.

Through the end of March, themed events will continue, along with the tapping of more kegs (62 beers in all), ending with The Session Head, which involves the tapping of lower-gravity “session” beers. Continue reading Prepare your senses for 17th annual Gravity Head Festival

Fork + Bottle dinners to start at Proof on Main

It is always fun to see what new ideas restaurants come up with to give new tweaks to the always-reliable wine dinner. Starting Thursday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m., Proof on Main, 702 W. Main St., will hold the first of three monthly Fork+Bottle dinners, special mid-week events that challenge bartenders to devise cocktails or beer pairings that match a three-course dinner created by the Proof kitchen. Continue reading Fork + Bottle dinners to start at Proof on Main

Varanese wine dinner pits Old World vines against New World

Tuesday, February 24, at 6:30 p.m., Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave., will host the annual Tradition vs. Innovation Wine Dinner, billed as “a six round battle royale between innovative and traditional wines.” Each of Chef John Varanese’s six courses will be paired with two hand-selected wines: one representing the old world traditions of wine making, and one showcasing the latest trends. Continue reading Varanese wine dinner pits Old World vines against New World

Comings and Goings – Spring 2015

In nature, the winter months are a time of rest — animals hibernate, plants shut down growth and conserve their energies for spring. In the Louisville restaurant world, though, there was as much activity in the last three months as there has been all year — no hibernating or tamping down of energies here.

The numbers alone reveal the extent of the activity. Since the last issue of F&D, we have seen 17 new restaurants debut, seven existing businesses open additional locations and six existing restaurants change either their locations or their menu focus. Continue reading Comings and Goings – Spring 2015

Crane House celebrates the Year of the Sheep

Asia Institute-Crane House will celebrate the Year of the Sheep at the annual Asian New Year Dinner and Auction on Feb. 21, at The Gillespie, 421 W. Market St. The event will feature food created by six emerging Asian and Asian-American chefs under the direction of Chef Peng Looi of Asiatique and August Moon Chinese Bistro.   Continue reading Crane House celebrates the Year of the Sheep

Tailspin Ale Fest expands to 2 days

Let the beer festivals begin! There were plenty of them last year, and the first of 2015, the Tailspin Ale Fest, is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20 and 21. Last year’s event drew interested imbibers from Alaska, Washington State, Massachusetts and Florida, so organizers are preparing for another diverse and far-flung crowd. Continue reading Tailspin Ale Fest expands to 2 days

610 Magnolia’s February special dinners

610 Magnolia, at 610 W. Magnolia Ave., has two special dinners planned for February, both to be held in the Wine Studio, across the street from the restaurant. The Wild Game Dinner is a reprise in response to the interest shown in the January nose-to-tail game menu, and a Friday night fish fry takes the traditional Lenten church supper in a bit of a different direction. Continue reading 610 Magnolia’s February special dinners