Brasserie Provence Pop-Up lunch features wines from Languedoc

Friday, Nov. 4, Brasserie Provence, 150 N.Hurstbourne Pkwy. will host a special “pop-up” lunch, an event they are calling “Carignan Day USA.” Former Lousivillian John Bojanowski and his wife Nicole, who own the Clos du Gravillas Winery in St. Jean de Minervois in southern France, will present their artisanal wines at the lunch, and talk about their experience as wine makers.

The meal will be a hearty cassoulet, the famous stew of beans, sausage and confit of duck or other fowl, followed by dessert. Three of Bojanowski’s well-regarded wines will be served with the meal.

Cost of meal and wines will be $39. Call (502) 883-3153 or go to

Red Hot Roasters newest addition to Butcherblock

The Butcherblock renovations that developer Andy Blieden has been putting together in the ambiguous boundary of NuLu and Butchertown will be getting another business, if the city agrees with his proposals to alter an existing building. Red Hot Roasters plans to move to 1007 E. Main St. pending city approvals.

Red Hot Roasters owner Sondra Powell confirmed, in an Insider Louisville story,  that she is planning to move her base of operations from the small building behind a convenience store on Lexington Rd and Payne St. to the Butcherblock development. She will continue to operate her original drive-through store there, and do some roasting at that site, as she does now, but the bulk of her roasting operations will be done at the new location.

Hi-Five Doughnuts is expected to open in the Butcherblock development by the end of the year, and the coffee shop will be a synergistic addition.

In the proposed renovation, the Main Street store is to have a small café space as well as a covered outdoor patio in the back. The shotgun structure will need considerable upgrading, but Powell said she hopes to open early next year.

Old Louisville’s Slice deli closes suddenly

Owner and chef Matt Davis has closed his sandwich shop and deli, Slice, at 1161 S. Second St., citing a number of factors related to the physical constraints of the building, sociological issues involving the Old Louisville neighborhood, and his own needs to work other jobs and not being able to devote the time to make the project successful.

Davis, who has also operated Lil Cheezers food truck (and briefly a Lil Cheezers physical restaurant in the Highlands, where El Taco Luchador now is), opened Slice this past summer. The location was at the corner of Oak and Second Sts., in an older building that had been for many years a small hardware store. Continue reading Old Louisville’s Slice deli closes suddenly

Three excellent special dinners this week

La Chasse, 610 Magnolia and Corbett’s An American Place all are offering special dinners this week. As usual, these dinners allow the  chefs to present dishes not on the usual menu and often introduce diners to interesting value wines (or beers or liquors). Without a doubt, all these offerings are excellent value. Continue reading Three excellent special dinners this week

Celebrate Merle’s transformation all week

Tony Palombino’s successful Mod Mex bar, restaurant and honky-tonk music venue, Manny & Merle’s, has undergone a transformation into Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen, renamed to denote its reverence for its Whiskey Row location at 122 W. Main St., and to highlight the renovation and expansion of the dining and performance space. To mark all this activity, the new Merle’s will host a VIP kick-off event Monday, Oct. 24 from 5 – 9 p.m., with the celebrations continuing through Thursday, Oct. 27.

Renovations to the space feature a larger outdoor “Merle’s Backyard’” patio, with a bar, fire pit and adult games. Inside, the restaurant has a larger stage, added seating and a private dining room, and an updated menu.

Each day next week the restaurant will offer specials, giveaways, and prizes, and will be pouring several one-of-a-kind single barrel bourbons to go along with the 100 bourbons they currently offer. There will, of course, be live music performances most nights during the celebration, featuring Nashville bands as well as local talent playing the rawer, honky-tonk style of country that has been a hallmark of Manny & Merle’s.

For more details about the celebration week, go to or call (502) 290-8888.

Coqui’s Café closes, looks for larger space

A message on their Facebook page has announced that Coqui’s Café, which last year took over the locally-famous Little Chef diner space at 147 E. Market St. in New Albany, will be closing that location and taking a break from their business as the owners search for a new, larger space for their popular restaurant.

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Street foods inspire two veteran chefs

Urban street foods from around the world can have a special attraction for chefs. Such foods make use of indigenous ingredients that supply distinctive flavors, but must be made quickly and simply, with a minimum of ingredients. The challenge of such streets foods is the inspiration for two upcoming restaurants from two veteran chefs. Continue reading Street foods inspire two veteran chefs