Colonial Gardens update

J. Colin Underhill of Underhill Associates recently spoke at the Beechmont Women’s Club about the progress on restoring and revitalizing the Colonial Gardens property near Iroquois Park, reports F&D contributor Michael Jones. According to Underhill, his company is working on four different restaurant concepts that will share an outdoor space featuring tables and a performance area. The idea is to return to the property to its beer garden roots. Continue reading Colonial Gardens update

Red Herring adds coffee lounge

Red Herring Cocktail Lounge & Kitchen, 1757 Frankfort Ave., has added the Red Herring Coffee Lounge & Roastery, which is, essentially that same space, but open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this time, the offerings will be coffee, tea, and fresh-squeezed juices, made-from-scratch pastries and breakfast sandwiches. Coffee will be served in both “PG” and “XXX” concoctions; that is, without or with a bit of early-in-the-day alcoholic pick-you-up. Continue reading Red Herring adds coffee lounge

Taste of Independents benefits APRON Inc.

One of the more important and vigorous charitable organizations in town, APRON, Inc, will hold is 3rd Annual Taste of Independents fundraiser Sunday, July 30, 1-4 p.m. at The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Ave. APRON provides financial assistance to employees in the independent service industry who find themselves in financial need through no fault of their own. Since restaurants often cannot provide benefits like medical insurance, APRON steps in when accidents or illness strikes restaurant workers. Continue reading Taste of Independents benefits APRON Inc.

New restaurant serves Somali food

Imanka restaurant, newly opened in the International Mall on S. Eighth St., near York St., serves food drawn from the cuisine of Somalia, a new option for adventurous Louisville diners happy to see a recent proliferation of ethnic restaurants around town.

Mohamed Abbi Abdalla and his family, opened the new restaurant earlier this month. The restaurant is named for Abdalla’s great-grandfather, Imam, according to a story in Business First.

Some typical dishes served at Imanka are chicken suqaar, a chicken stew, or goat seasoned with onions and green peppers. These entrees come with a side of rice, a banana and a salad.

Louisville now has a population of about 1,500 Somali refugees. Imanka joins Baraka Somali Restaurant on Oak Street in offering the foods of this beleaguered African nation.

The International Mall has come to be known as the Somali Mall International. Opened in 2008, the mall gives home to several small businesses started by entrepreneurial refugees.

Greenmarket Popup tomorrow at Fresh Start

Another farmers market opportunity will appear tomorrow, Wednesday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at Fresh Start Growers’ Supply, 1007 E. Jefferson St. in NuLu. The market is organized by Louisville Farm to Table, a Metro government group whose mission, according to their website, is “to increase the capacity of the local food system by working to increase production, marketing, distribution and sales of Kentucky edible agriculture products and to meet the demand of Louisville’s market for local foods.” Continue reading Greenmarket Popup tomorrow at Fresh Start

A promotional collaboration between the Kentucky Beef Council, Goodwood Brewing and several Louisville restaurants have named the week of July 24-30 $5 Burger Week. Participating restaurants will offer burgers for $5.  For example, Red Herring, 1757 Frankfort Ave., will offer a 6-ounce Black Hawk Farms burger with house-made ketchup; Drake’s will serve a BLT burger and Stout Burgers & Beers, 1604 Bardstown Rd., is serving a SHU Burger with roasted red bell pepper spread, pepper jack cheese and house-made chipotle aioli. For a full list of those participating, and a description of the types of burgers they have on offer, click hereContinue reading

Pho Ba Luu extends daytime hours, adds Sunday specials

The popular Vietnamese street food spot Pho Ba Luu, 1019 E. Main St., has extended serving hours both during the week and on weekends. No longer will anyone have to suffer pho withdrawal during the early afternoons; the restaurant will no longer close between lunch and dinner service, but will be open all day during the week, serving the full menu.

Also, Pho Ba Luu will serve Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays will feature $3 mimosa and Bloody Mary specials. “We think people will want some lighter fare during Sundays in the summer,” owner Stewart Davis said, suggesting that Vietnamese street food is ideal for slaking hunger without leaving diners feeling bloated and sluggish during hot weather.

Lede Family Wines dinner at The English Grill

Tuesday, July 25, 6:30 p.m., The English Grill at the Brown Hotel, 335 W. Broadway, will host a special dinner featuring the wines of California’s Lede Family Winery. Jason Lede will speak about his wine selections for the dinner, from the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, Anderson Valley and Sonoma Coast. Continue reading Lede Family Wines dinner at The English Grill