Category Archives: Openings & Closings

Copper & Kings New Public Bar, Alex&nder, Opens on Third Floor Tonight

Copper & Kings has been renovating their third floor event space into something beautiful for the public to enjoy, and it opens tonight. Alex&nder is the city’s only brandy bar, and it opens onto a patio with a view of the skyline (and soon – the soccer stadium.) The bar will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. tonight and then Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to midnight (although these hours might change).

The bar will offer a variety of cocktails featuring the Copper & Kings product line (absinthe, brandy, gin, Butchertown Soda), draft beers (Against the Grain, Monnik, Sun King and Modelo), wines, mocktails and charcuterie plates from Smoking Goose.

Cocktails featured with charcuterie in the image below  are the brandy Old Fashioned and the Guns and Roset. Photos of menu by Heath Plum

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80/20 at Kaelin’s Grand Opening June 7

It’s been two years in the making, and 80/20 at Kaelin’s is ready to open its doors with a big bash during their grand opening June 7 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 1801 Newburg Rd. at the corner of Speed Ave. Locals will recognize the familiar sign that says “If you can’t stop, please wave” and the large original Kaelin’s neon sign now restored and hanging from a post out front.

Seating is limited. Considering the number of locals who have been anxiously waiting this opening (including us), it would be wise to make your reservation by clicking here.    The new menu includes food items like burgers, barbecue, fried chicken and more plus cocktails and ice cream made in house.

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Heine Bros. Closing Carmichael’s Location, Opening at Mid City Mall

It’s been just five months since we reported Dunkin’ Donuts closing their Mid City Mall location followed by the report a month later that  Heine Brothers would be taking the location. Now, locally owned chain Heine Brothers’ Coffee is ready to relocate its cafe at the corner of Bardstown Rd. and Longest Ave. to a larger building in front of Mid-City Mall at 1250 Bardstown Rd.  Heine Brothers’ expects to close the old location on Thursday, May 31, at 11:00 AM. Pending a few final inspections, the new location will open for regular business hours on Friday, June 1 at 6:00 a.m.

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Exclusive: Owners of Lou Lou Food + Drink Buy Equus / Jack’s Lounge: Changes Coming

Jared Matthews is owner operator at Lou Lou Food + Drink (108 Sears Ave) and runs both Diamond Pub & Billiards locations (3814 Frankfort Ave, 630 Barret Ave) , but now he is adding another restaurant and bar to his plate. Matthews, who purchased Lou Lou Food + Drink 18 months ago with his financial partner Thomas Barnes, has purchased (with Barnes) Equus Restaurant and Jack’s Lounge (122 Sears Ave) from Chef Dean Corbett. Equus has been in the Saint Matthews neighborhood for over 30 years. A celebration will be June 30, where people can check out the new menu and new look. (The restaurant will not close and will maintain business as usual through the process.)

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The Old Stone Inn Closed in Shelbyville Saturday

The building housing the Old Stone Inn has been in Shelbyville, Kentucky since the 1800’s. Some say 1790, but the local historian reportedly informed a restaurateur there that claiming that on the menus was incorrect. The building has been home to the Old Stone Inn under various management since the 1920’s. The most recent incarnation, The Eleanor Hamilton Old Stone Inn, closed Saturday.

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Mayor Fischer Will Welcome Downtown Wednesday Farmers Market on 4th St Live! May 9

Downtown Louisville is known for its variety of unique museums, performing arts, bourbon, and concerts – but perhaps a lack of grocery and fresh food options. But a new and exciting venture is about to take root: a downtown farmers market.

 Fourth Street Live!, Louisville Downtown Partnership, and Louisville Grows have partnered to bring a farmers market to the heart of downtown starting Wednesday, May 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market will run every Wednesday until October 31. Continue reading Mayor Fischer Will Welcome Downtown Wednesday Farmers Market on 4th St Live! May 9

Couvillion (PHOTOS) Opens April 16, Features Local Ingredients in Deep Southern Dishes

Couvillion, Louisville’s new deep south restaurant in the former Finn’s building at the Germantown Lofts at 1318 McHenry St, is set to open April 16. The restaurant will be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4- 10 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Their menu says they are closed Tuesdays because they “eat tacos on Tuesdays.”

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Couvillion (prounced Coo-vee-yon) is the newest concept from Chef Paul Skulas, formerly of Portage House. Portage House was sold to Fat Lamb owner Dallas McGarity last month. Skulas says that he and the previous owners were able to build Portage House from scratch, so it has been interesting putting a restaurant into a building where he is trying to fit into someone else’s “shoe.” The building has three interior dining areas and a great exterior patio.

Skulas owns the new restaurant with two partners who wish to remain anonymous but are present in small ways like the slogan on the menu “So good, it’d make a rabbit smack a bear,” which was a saying by one of the other owner’s grandfathers.

Skulas used to cook in Mississippi, and he and his wife visit Louisiana every year because they love the culture. He took his staff to New Orleans when deciding on their menu, so everyone could taste the food and beverage in order to experience the culture first hand and have a reference point. It resulted in a menu with offerings such as smothered pork chops, catfish couvillion, cracklins (skin-on, twice-fried chunks of pork belly, side of pepper jelly)  pepper jelly braised mussels and of course red beans and rice as well as a variety of other southern favorites like collard greens, house pickles, gumbo, boudin balls and desserts like bourbon banana pudding.

The menu also features vegetarian options as noted in the menu with the phrase, “Skip the meat; try the beet.” They have beetloaf, which is a beet rice, cheddar, and  mixed nut base loaf,  and beet burgers. Perhaps most surprising for special diets is their gluten free cornbread. Skulas said most of the menu is gluten free.

(Food Photography by Jessica Fey)

The walls are adorned with fake animal skulls, unique art, kitchenware and New Orleans style paintings by Whitney Carpenter. The largest painting of a woman with a skeleton suitor was commissioned by Skulas and his wife after they saw something similar on a garage in New Orleans. The hardwood flooring and raw lumber wall behind the bar give a hint of life by the bayou.

The jackalope on the wall by the bar is their unofficial mascot. It’s a fictional animal that can be lured out of hiding with a bowl of whiskey, which causes it to be inebriated and slow so you can catch it. So, they’ll be  offering the jackalope’s whiskey or bourbon of the week.

Bar Manager Dave Tuney created the cocktail menu and says, “Every cocktail we have on the menu is taking inspiration from the flavors of Paul’s menu. We’ll work with that and have several base cocktails like the Young Buck — bourbon, Peychoud’s bitters from New Orleans , Ale-8-one ginger ale —  and Lawless, our take on a Prohibition era cocktail called Scofflaw — bourbon instead of Rye, aromatized wine, a five-spice grenadine we built in house, and some of the herbs and flavors Paul uses in his menu.”

Ale 8 isn’t the only Kentucky supplier. Couvillion sources their ingredients from mostly Kentuckiana suppliers like Hensley Homegrown Farms, Broadbent Country Hams, Weisenberger Mill, Penn’s Ham, Lake Barkley Wild-Caught Catfish, Louismill, Boone’s Butcher Shop, Jake’s 150 Quick Stop, Clem’s Foods and Alabama’s Conecuh Sausage.


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Restaurant photography by Jessica Mathis

Tapas Fans, Rejoice! Artesano Vino Tapos Y Más reopening Friday

Olé Restaurant Group, the creative force behind Mussel & Burger Bar, El Taco Luchador, Mercato Italiano and Guaca Mole Cocina Mexicana announced today the reopening on Friday, April 6 of  Artesano Vino Tapas Y Más located in Westport Village,  1321 Herr Ln #130 .  The Spanish small plates restaurant had been shuttered several months after extensive flooding.

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Closed Bob Evans Selling Everything; Portland’s Porkland BBQ Opens; Comfy Cow Closes in New Albany

Here’s some news about openings and closings from around the web this week.

First, if you’re in the market for restaurant equipment, dishes or furniture, Bob Evans has closed at  4730 Poplar Level Road, and is selling off everything – dishes, racks, salt and pepper shakers, and liquid dispensers to counters and furniture. Check out their posting on Craigslist here.

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Feast BBQ Announces Closing

Feast BBQ announced on social media today (Saturday, March 24) the closing of their New Albany location with final day of operations Wednesday, March 28.   All of the New Albany employees have been offered jobs at other HiCotton Hospitality restaurants (other Feast locations, Royals Hot Chicken, and bar Vetti.) The restaurant group still plans to open a Jeffersontown location this summer and have the Market Street NULU location. Click to continue reading and read their FB status.

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