Just 35 minutes north of Louisville in Scottsburg, Indiana, the Jonas family runs their family business, Goat Milk Stuff – a great and affordable day trip for the entire family. What once began as PJ Jonas making soap for her children in their kitchen has become an expansive farm and business, run by PJ, her husband Jim, their eight children, and some hired help. In addition to making and selling soap, balms, other toiletries and foods like fudge, gelato and other treats made from goat milk, the family is now serving lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is the third week of lunch service, and we noticed a steady full stream of business the entire time we were there. Jim said that they’ve been serving about 30 plates per lunch so far. If you really want to make the most of the trip, you can pay just $5 for 30 minutes of play and cuddle time with their baby goats, which I fully recommend. (Click to continue reading and see the gallery of cuteness overload.)
Due to the change in ownership, Portage House, 117 E Riverside Dr. in Jeffersonville, is temporarily closed as the new ownership handles the changes in staff and menu. New owner Dallas McGarity ( who also owns The Fat Lamb in Louisville) says he plans to reopen on March 23.
Today is the last day, and thankfully a beautiful day, to enjoy the Louisville skyline from the Jeffersonville location of Bristol Bar & Grille. The lease has expired at the Sheraton Louisville Riverside Hotel at 700 W. Riverside Drive, and the restaurant is not going to renew it. According to a press release, the hotel will keep service going with a concept called Bridge and Barrel, but they are actively seeking a new tenant for the space as well as the space left vacant by Bearno’s, who left last year.
The Omni Hotel in Louisville opened last week and is now hosting guests, but it’s more than a hotel. It’s a destination for locals as well, with various restaurants or bars to choose from in addition to Falls City Market: a marketplace with a Heine Brothers coffee shop, groceries, gifts, a florist, a liquor store, barbecue, sushi, pizza and more to choose from when hungry. (The pool is not open to the public.)
Here are some photos of the various spaces within the new 30 story hotel. The rooftop pool was not open, but there are some photos of the patio space there. Also, Bob’s Steakhouse is open, but was not open when we visited for photos.d
Just in time for their two-year anniversary, gourmet frozen treat shop Steel City Pops has partnered with Quills Coffee to open a Saint Matthews coffee and pop shop at 117 St. Matthews Ave. Steel City Pops posted to their Instagram account last night, saying the location is “ SO CLOSE,” directing people to their blog for more info.
Roc Italian Restaurant featured an 80’s theme at its first “disco brunch” Sunday (disco, as in discotheque — a nightclub where dancing takes place), and a full house enjoyed the delicious food and drinks, followed by a DJ, live guitarist and live percussionist. The prix fixe menu offered a variety of fine breakfast or lunch option as well as a few dessert options as you can see below. The $50 / person ticket included the meal, two drinks and a dessert — and a whole lot of fun.
Mint Julep Experiences announced yesterday that they have expanded to serve the growing Nashville, Tennessee tourism industry. Owners Sean and Lisa Higgins utilized their 10 years of experiential tourism expertise to create memorable experiences on the Tennessee Whiskey Trail® and beyond. Two distinct day-long Tennessee whiskey adventures will start this April departing from downtown Nashville, five days a week. Continue reading Mint Julep Tours Expanding to Nashville
Bar Vetti, 800 S Fourth St., is now having a guest chef on the second Monday of each month. Last month, the restaurant featured Holy Grale’s Josh Lehman, and this month’s guest is Paul Skulas, formerly of Portage House, who is about to open his new deep South concept Couvillion in April.
Match’s Cigar Bar at 147 E. Main St. in New Albany will soon be a new bourbon bar and lounge called Double Barrel, owned by Michelle Ray and Courtney Cain. The two women will hire five new staff members in addition to keeping the current staff from their mobile bartending business “Naked by Sunday,” which they started last year to fill in at events. As required in Indiana, the brick and mortar building will allow their mobile bartending services to offer cash and open bars at events like weddings. They plan to open the brick and mortar by the end of March.
The Brown Hotel and its famous Hot Brown have caught the attention of former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, who will feature this signature dish on the new season of INSP’s award-winning original culinary-travel series State Plate, which follows Hicks as he tastes his way across the United States on a quest to assemble plates that represent each state’s most historic and tastiest foods.
The episode highlighting iconic Kentucky dishes will air on Monday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. EST and features the Brown Hotel’s executive chef James Adams and Hicks preparing and eating the Hot Brown in the hotel’s kitchen and four-star English Grill. This episode also features Frankfort, Lexington, Lawrenceburg and Louisville for Benedictine, burgoo, spoonbread, and bourbon balls.
Photography by Chris Witzke of the famous Hot Brown