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Recent Restaurant news

Top Round Roast Beef Hosts Grand Opening

Top Round Roast Beef, a California-based purveyor of “chef-driven fast food,” will have its Grand Opening today, Wednesday, August 16, at 10:30 a.m. at its first Louisville location, 4214 Shelbyville Rd.  Both the originator of the brand, Steven Fretz, and the Louisville franchise owner, Billy Rapaport, will be on hand, along with local invited dignitaries. The public is welcome, of course. Continue reading Top Round Roast Beef Hosts Grand Opening

Himalayan Restaurant open now

In a rather quick turn-around, especially by restaurant-renovating standards, Himalayan Restaurant opened yesterday at 1578 Bardstown Rd., in the space that had been Brownie’s The Shed sports bar. Though the owner, Teknath Niraula, is from Nepal, which is reflected in the name of his restaurant, his menu focus will be primarily on northern Indian cuisine, along with some Thai dishes. Continue reading Himalayan Restaurant open now

Quills NuLu now serves food

Quills Coffee, the ambitious local coffeehouse that now has three locations in Louisville, one in New Albany and one in in Indianapolis, is expanding its food service at its newest local store, called The Firehouse, at 802 E. Main St. There, in addition to the usual pastries to go with coffee and tea, an expanded menu offers sweet and savory (and vegan) waffles, skewers, savory filled buns and quinoa bowls. Continue reading Quills NuLu now serves food

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

Omni Hotel plans to add two restaurants

The Omni Hotel’s construction proceeds apace – and is even reported to be ahead of schedule. So the time has come for it to start making plans for what happens next. And one of those next things is planning for the hotel’s restaurants. The Dallas-based hotel chain has turned to those it knows, and has announced that two Texas-based restaurants will open Louisville branches in the hotel when it opens next year. Continue reading Omni Hotel plans to add two restaurants

Kevin Grangier plans another restaurant

Restaurateur Kevin Grangier, who already has under his belt The Village Anchor & Pub and PICNIC in Anchorage, and Le Moo Fine Steak House on the edge of the Highlands, is planning another restaurant, focused on Italian cuisine, in Holiday Manor on Brownsboro Rd. Continue reading Kevin Grangier plans another restaurant

“Food Paradise” to film at M&BB

Various TV food shows continue to be interested in Louisville restaurants. The latest to show our restaurateurs some love – or at least give them exposure on a show – is the Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” program, which will be filming tomorrow,  Wednesday, Aug. 2 at the downtown location of Mussel & Burger Bar, 113 S. Seventh St. Continue reading “Food Paradise” to film at M&BB

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.

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.