Lupo, a casual Italian place, to open in Butchertown

Max Balliet, the owner of Holy Molé taco truck, is planning to open Lupo, a casual Italian restaurant that will boast a wood-fired pizza oven, at 1540 Frankfort Ave. on the edge of Butchertown.

Balliet is partnering with two members of the band Murder By Death, his sister Sarah and brother-in-law, Adam Turla. The Ferrari red imported pizza oven has already been installed in the brick shotgun that will house the restaurant, on which further renovation continues. Balliet hopes to open later in the spring.  Continue reading Lupo, a casual Italian place, to open in Butchertown

Hilltop Theater to become Red Herring Cocktail Lounge

The iconic Clifton neighborhood movie palace, the Hilltop Theater, hasn’t shown a movie in decades, and has been under various stages of renovation and adaptation for a number of years now. But soon the building at 1757 Frankfort Ave. will open as the Red Herring Cocktail Lounge and Kitchen, as announced earlier this week by owner Brett Davis. Continue reading Hilltop Theater to become Red Herring Cocktail Lounge

Third Fire Escape Session tonight at Lola’s

Tonight, Wednesday, March 29, the third edition of the Fire Escape Sessions, will be at Lola’s, the upstairs bar and entertainment space above Butchertown Grocery at 1076 E. Washington St. The show will feature singer/songwriter Justin Paul Lewis and the Quiet Hollers, performing all new songs off their next album.  Hosts of the show is the team of Thirty Spokes front-man, Chad Graham and professional actress, Carrie Cooke Ketterman. Continue reading Third Fire Escape Session tonight at Lola’s


At Food & Dining we are often asked: “What is your favorite dish?”

We have the pleasure of covering one of the most robust restaurant cities in all of America with more than 1,200 restaurants at last count. It’s like asking Mother Goose’s “the old woman in a shoe” who her favorite child is.

We decided to focus on four dishes that everyone eats at least occasionally, and almost everyone has an opinion about. Not fancy preparations or exotic ingredients, but those standard dishes we can all relate to, and debate about: a good bar burger, chicken wings, a fried fish sandwich and a Hot Brown.

The Food & Dining staff got together, tossed around their ideas and, after some lively debate, came up with our choices for these four dishes. Let’s see how they stack up against your list. Continue reading STAFF PICKS

Farm to Fork to open café in Portland

Sherry Hurley, who has been operating Farm to Fork as a catering business for several years, will move its catering operations into a former firehouse at 2425 Portland Ave., and open its first café there later in the summer. The building doubles the space Hurley currently has, which will allow her to continue to expand.

As a recent Insider Louisville story points out, Hurley will be joining several other businesses run by women in the Portland area. Karyn Moskowitz operates New Roots there, which strives to provide healthier food options for an area with few fresh food purveyors. Jessica Pendergrass runs Louisville Grows in Portland, Colleen Clines has the Anchal Project and Laura Rountree is chef at The Table, a pay-what-you-can-or-think-it-is-worth restaurant.

Hurley is leasing the building but hopes to buy it in the future. Farm to Fork is moving its offices into the Anchor Building at 2509 Portland Ave. soon, and next month, its catering kitchen will open in the former firehouse. Hurley hopes to have the café serving in the late summer. The cafe will serve breakfast and lunch. The menu is still in the works but likely will include grits, biscuits, soup, salads and sandwiches.

2 Beard-nominated chefs cook dinner at 610 Magnolia

Tuesday, March 28, Chef/ owner Edward Lee will collaborate with Ian Boden of The Shack in Staunton, Virginia to present a 5-course dinner at 610 Magnolia, 610 W. Magnolia Ave. Both Lee and Boden are nominated for “Best Chef” in their respective geographical areas for the 2017 James Beard Awards. Continue reading 2 Beard-nominated chefs cook dinner at 610 Magnolia

Varanese offers Lenten specials

Feeling the need of his Catholic patrons to keep to Lenten dietary restrictions, and yet to have a nice meal out, John Varanese again is offering a menu special at his namesake restaurant, Varanese, 2106 Frankfort Ave. Two diners can enjoy a meatless 3-course dinner for $50 every Friday until Easter (which is April 16 this year). Continue reading Varanese offers Lenten specials

Old O’Malley’s Corner space to open as Griff’s

One-time basketball star and now restaurateur Darrell Griffith and his business partner Brian Perry are planning to open a second Griff’s sports bar and restaurant at 133 W. Liberty St., the former site of O’Malley’s Corner. The first Griff’s opened in the Cardinal Towne strip near U of L in early 2015.  Continue reading Old O’Malley’s Corner space to open as Griff’s