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Bar Vetti to open Monday at 800 Apartments

As promised to those who check out this site, there is again news of a new restaurant opening, news that appeared less than 24 hours after the most recent posting of new restaurants. Ryan Rogers, of Feast BBQ renown, is scheduled to open Bar Vetti, an Italian restaurant, Monday, Oct. 16  in the 800 Apartments.

Bar Vetti will be the latest new restaurant to feature Italian cuisine, joining ROC, Butchertown Pizza Hall, Lupo and Ciao as the most recent additions to the two dozen or so other Italian restaurants in the area. And, there is still the Germantown restaurant planned by the Gabriele family to anticipate.

Ryan Rogers has made a mark on both sides of the river with his Feast BBQ restaurants, and was an early area proponent of Nashville-style hot chicken with his Royals Hot Chicken in NuLu. His latest venture will try to bring some sophistication to the sort-of-dodgy area south of Broadway between downtown and Old Louisville — inevitably dubbed SoBro – and to add luster to the newly-renovated and upgraded, and already financially strapped  800 Building.

In a Courier-Journal story,  Rogers explained that he named his restaurant after one of the buildings uncovered in the volcano-destroyed city of Pompeii. “Vetti comes from the ruins of Pompeii,” Rogers said. “It’s one of the most well-preserved homes buried in the ash. They uncovered the home and it had these amazing frescos on the walls.” The implicit comparison of Pompeii and the fallen-into-desuetude-but-now-revitalized 800 Building is evocative, if a bit of a stretch.

Rogers and executive chef Andrew McCabe plan an Italian menu that is inspired by local products. Bar Vetti will initially open for dinner service only with a range of house-made pasta, pizzas and shareable plates. Like classic Italian cooking, Bar Vetti’s kitchen will focus on seasonally-available produce (no caprese salads without local tomatoes) and simple preparations to bring out the inherent flavors of ingredients.

The full bar of Bar Vetti will include at least six wines on draft, drawn from a keg, providing quality at moderate pricing. The restaurant hopes to draw customers from nearby downtown businesses, schools and Old Louisville residents.

To keep track of Bar Vetti’s progress, go to barvetti.com or the restaurant’s Facebook page, @barvetti.

Equus guest chef pop-up dinner series starts next week

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 11, Equus & Jack’s Lounge chef-owner Dean Corbett will launch a monthly pop-up dinner series featuring guest chefs from around the region. The first such guest chef will be a Lousivillian, Mirin’s Griffin Paulin. Continue reading Equus guest chef pop-up dinner series starts next week

Bourbon & Beyond: what you need to know

Bourbon & Beyond begins tomorrow, Sept. 23, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 24, at Champions Park, 2050 River Rd. This new music, food and Bourbon festival is aiming high on all three legs of its schedule. Top-notch music acts lined up to perform include Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder and the Steve Miller Band.  Chefs from near and far (Tom Colicchio, Edward Lee, Chris Cosentino, Amanda Freitag, Cosmo Goss and Erling Wu-Bower, Kevin Ashworth, Anthony Lamas and Anthony Falco) will be cooking with Bourbon, offering brunches both days, smoking up some genuine Southern barbecue, steaming up a massive NOLA-style crawfish boil, and giving live cooking demos. Distilleries from around the state will show off their products, conduct tasting workshops and run discussions on topics such as “The Wonder Women of Whiskey,” led by local author and bourbon expert Susan Reigler. In short, lots of fun will be in store. Continue reading Bourbon & Beyond: what you need to know

Fond enters retail market

Fond of Louisville, which began as a small, carefully curated food store and restaurant two years ago  at 2520 Frankfort Ave., has undergone several changes in that time. The dining spaces have been redesigned, the kitchen has been updated, and now the owner, Madeleine  Dee, is planning to sell some of her products in local stores. Continue reading Fond enters retail market

“A Tale of Five Courses” pops-up tonight

The first of a projected series of monthly “A Tale of Five Courses” pop-up dinners by Sullivan University executive chef James Moran will be tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 6:30 p.m., served in the space on the Sullivan Campus at 3101 Bardstown Rd. that was Winston’s restaurant. Continue reading “A Tale of Five Courses” pops-up tonight

Local Chef Ed Lee news – new TV show, a pair of restaurants and more

There is a lot of Ed Lee news in recent weeks. Restaurateur Edward Lee, of 610 Magnolia and Milkwood renown locally, in addition to opening soon Whiskey Dry at Fourth St. Live!, is planning a second restaurant in the Washington, D.C. area, has bottled for retail sale his own recipe hot sauce, gained mention in a national publication for 610’s wine list, and will be a judge on a new cooking shown this fall. Continue reading Local Chef Ed Lee news – new TV show, a pair of restaurants and more

Mayan food truck returns! Gravely Brewing Co. opens!

The disparate events heralded in the headline above are not that disparate. Nathaniel Gravely has been working for a while on the renovation of the former Pride Tile Co. building at 514 Baxter Ave. Chef Bruce Ucán of Mayan Cafe began his restaurant career with a food truck. Now the two have joined into an agreement that will have Ucan’s Mayan Street Food truck serving snacks like guacamole and Mexican street corn; tacos including Kentucky silver carp fish and shredded chicken; and the ever-popular salbutes. Gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available. Continue reading Mayan food truck returns! Gravely Brewing Co. opens!

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

Seafood to come to New Albany

Another restaurant venture from Eric Morris, of Gospel Chicken renown, is due to open soon at 324 E. Main St., New Albany. This business, to be called Hull & Highwater, will have a seafood focus, an idea pushed by Morris’s partner, Garrett Petters, who has wanted to cook fish dishes for some time.

According to a story in the Courier-Journal, Hull & Highwater intends to aim for a middle ground between the low-end fried fish take-out places, and the upper-level fine dining seafood establishments. Patrons can expect to find a raw bar, lobster pot pie, fried or blackened fish sandwiches or baskets. Low-country boils and po’ boys will be featured, along with a catch of the day that will promote responsibility farmed fish, the origin of the fish clearly labeled. The bar will offer frozen cocktails and buckets of domestic and regional craft beers.

Morris at first envisioned his next venture as a street food restaurant that featured African, Asian and American cuisine. But when he brought on Petters, he was persuaded to turn the interior of the building that had acquired, a quondam garage with a second floor overlooking the river, into a ship’s hull, and to turn to serving seafood instead.

The restaurant will have indoor and outdoor seating, with a patio and a rooftop bar. Food & Dining will post again when the opening is firmly scheduled.