New menus featured at Butchertown Grocery, LouVino

Butchertown Grocery, 1076 E. Washington St. introduced a new summer lunch menu recently, and LouVino, 1606 Bardstown Rd. has tweaked its evening offerings to suit the new season. Louvino is also on the verge of opening a second location at 11400 Main St. in Middletown. Continue reading New menus featured at Butchertown Grocery, LouVino

NOLAFARE, a vegan restaurant, opens in Highlands

A new restaurant, NOLAFARE, serving a vegan and gluten-free menu, has opened at 2009 Highland Ave., in the space that formerly was Epic Sammich Co. Co-owners Adriena Dame and Julia Crittendon, both vegans, wanted to create a “safe haven” for those who want a totally animal-free diet, and who have food sensitivities. Crittendon herself is gluten and soy intolerant. Continue reading NOLAFARE, a vegan restaurant, opens in Highlands

Nancy Shepherd, doyenne of Uptown Cafe & Cafe Metro, dies

Renowned local restaurateur Nancy Shepherd, who opened Café Metro in 1980 and the Uptown Café in 1985, died June 22 at the age of 69. Wheelchair-bound for many years, Shepherd continued to preside over her restaurants, greeting her customers and hobnobbing with anyone who sat down with her at the bar. In the wake of the economic upsets of 2008, Shepherd closed Café Metro in 2009, but she continued her reign at the Uptown, now owned by her daughter Kelley Ledford. Continue reading Nancy Shepherd, doyenne of Uptown Cafe & Cafe Metro, dies

Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey

People who know me won’t be surprised by the analogy that came to mind as I sat down to sample Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey, a new product from a veteran of the local distilling industry. What jumped into my head was the rabbit-duck illusion, an ambiguous 19th-century German drawing depicting a rabbit that, if you look again, looks like a duck, or a duck, if you blink, that resembles a rabbit. Which creature is it? Continue reading Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey

Sam’s at the Montrose closes in Clarksville

Southern Indiana restaurateur Sam Anderson has closed one of his businesses, Sam’s at the Montrose, and sold the historic building at 318 W. Lewis and Clark Pkwy., Clarksville. The new owner, David Lawrence, will begin to renovate the building to turn it into a craft brewery and restaurant to be called Rails Craft Brew & Eatery.

As reported by WDRB, Anderson was approached recently by Lawrence, who expressed interest in the property. Sales negotiations went quickly, and renovations will begin soon, with a projected opening of Rails by the middle of July. Continue reading Sam’s at the Montrose closes in Clarksville

Copper & Kings gets shout-out from beverage industry magazine

“Beverage World,” an industry magazine that focuses on the global beverage market with coverage of  innovative producers, distributors and marketers, has listed Louisville’s Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. as one of 10 up-and-coming drinks breaking from the pack, according to a press release. Continue reading Copper & Kings gets shout-out from beverage industry magazine

Move fast to catch the flick – and dinner – at Seviche

The Dinner And Movie Series at Seviche, 1538 Bardstown Rd., continues tonight and tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday, June 20 and 21 with a showing of “Bottle Shock,“ which tells the true story of the events leading up to the famous Paris Tastings of 1976, when Napa wines were judged better than famous French wines in a blind tasting. The event gave California wines the cachet to be regarded as among the great wines of the world. Continue reading Move fast to catch the flick – and dinner – at Seviche