All posts by Greg Gapsis

Profile: The Hub — Doing a lot of good things well in one place

Louisville is a city of neighborhoods with distinct characters and residential charm. And many, like Clifton, Butchertown, Germantown and Portland, are experiencing renaissances as a younger generation chooses walkable urban neighborhoods with restaurants, services and retail outlets over commuting to outlying suburbs.

This new urbanism draws people with a modern sensibility of innovation and creativity, and they are transforming the sometimes old into something decidedly new. The Hub on Frankfort Avenue is a great example of this contemporary tide flowing back in and invigorating the cityscape. Continue reading Profile: The Hub — Doing a lot of good things well in one place

Profile: Brooklyn and the Butcher

All the ingredients for a special dining experience have come together at one of New Albany’s newest restaurants — experience, vision, an inspirational setting, and a commitment to excellent service.

Brooklyn and the Butcher, which opened in February, is the latest venture for Ian Hall, who established his reputation with The Exchange Pub & Kitchen, considered by many among the best dining spots on either side of the Ohio River. Continue reading Profile: Brooklyn and the Butcher

Wiltshire at the Speed — talents combine for artful eating

For three years a massive project has been going on at the Speed Art Museum, a transformation of the staid 1927 Neo-classical landmark into a new space that will be a center of education, exploration and appreciation of creativity in all its forms. Along with a modern addition that invites the community in, it is also an institution alive with ideas of reaching out.

Included in the impressive new edifice at 2035 S. Third Street is a modern café, Wiltshire at the Speed, combining the creative vision of owner Susan Hershberg and Executive Chef Coby Ming to complement the museum’s mission to both invite and serve. Continue reading Wiltshire at the Speed — talents combine for artful eating


Louisville is quickly becoming famous as a world-class food city. Its evolution in this regard over the past 25 years has been remarkable. From a few solitary outposts, the area has developed an abundance of ethnic, international, fusion and chef-inspired venues where diners can satisfy almost any culinary curiosity. Continue reading PERSONALITY, STYLE AND CREATIVITY SHINE AT LE MOO

Kobe Profile

Tucked away at the foot of Clark Memorial Bridge on the north bank of the Ohio River, Kobe Japanese Steakhouse was a pioneer in introducing Japanese dining to Southern Indiana 14 years ago. It has proven itself tenacious and effective in drawing, educating, and pleasing a diverse clientele from both sides of the river.

Billed as a Japanese steakhouse, seafood and teppanyaki restaurant, Kobe offers a broad selection of Japanese dishes and a strong sushi program. In a muted, modern Japanese-style interior, combining taupe and bold red walls accented with bamboo, globe paper lanterns, and a playfully huge ceremonial paper dragon dancing towards the entrance, Kobe offers intimate seated dining, group-friendly teppanyaki tables (where chefs cook meat and fish at tabletop grills while flashily handling knives), and a long, traditional sushi bar. Continue reading Kobe Profile

Sapporo Profile

One of Louisville’s most popular sushi venues is the creation of Mi and U Kim, who met over a sushi bar where U was the chef and Mi an enthusiastic customer.

“In a short time we married and then decided to travel, Atlanta, Virginia, Alabama, trying different things along the way,” family spokesperson Mi Kim said. “We returned to Louisville where my mother lives and decided in 1998 to combine our skills to open Sapporo out in Middletown. It was only the fourth Japanese-style restaurant in Louisville, compared to 200 in Atlanta. Here people were still afraid of eating raw fish, so we thought it might take a while but that someday it was going to happen here. I guess we were lucky. We didn’t advertise but were really busy from the start.” Continue reading Sapporo Profile

Arata Sushi Profile

One of the more recent dedicated sushi bars making a name for itself is Arata Sushi on Louisville’s East side in Prospect. Opened in 2011 by Paras and Detak Tiwari, experienced investors with a string of eating properties around town, Arata distinguishes itself with an unwavering focus on quality food prepared by experienced chefs in an upscale, modern setting.

It’s nestled in a strip development along a busy highway so one has to be careful turning in, but once there you enter a setting — put together by local restaurant design maven Dennis Tapp — more typical of cosmopolitan centers like Los Angeles, New York, or South Beach. Continue reading Arata Sushi Profile

Bistro 1860: Old Friends Partner to Create a New Fine Dining Experience

Where Brownsboro Road ends its downhill run at Beargrass Creek sits a two-story farmhouse built 153 years ago when the surrounding area was bucolic farmland rather than today’s odd blend of residential and industrial.

Now painted a distinctive (some say shocking) deep mustard yellow, it stands out from its surroundings , which is exactly the intention of the proprietors Ron Kayrouz and Terry Feraday, who intend the latest entry in Louisville’s fine dining scene, Bistro 1860, to be noticed. Continue reading Bistro 1860: Old Friends Partner to Create a New Fine Dining Experience