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.
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.
Join Mayor Greg Fischer for a ribbon cutting as Heine Brothers’ Coffee celebrates the grand opening of their newest location at the new Omni Hotel at 400 S. 2nd Street in downtown Louisville. The newest Heine Bros will be part of the Falls City Market, a 20,000 sq. foot urban market and food hall including grocery, brick oven pizza, a florist, wine & spirits, and more. This new location will be open seven-days-a-week from 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
Jeffersonville restaurant The Portage House, 117 E Riverside Dr, changed ownership over the weekend as one of the previous owners Paul Skulas continues work on his new concept, Couvillion, in the former Finn’s space at the Germantown Lofts. Doers Restaurant Group, which Skulas was an investor in, decided to sell Portage House after Skulas started work on his new project. The group still owns Parlor Pizza in Jeffersonville, 131 W Chestnut St.
Pizza Hut just landed a new marketing plan thanks to Papa John’s and the NFL cutting ties. You might remember when former CEO John Schnatter blamed declining sales on NFL players taking one knee. In the wake of that scandal, there was a change in leadership and a change in marketing. Papa John’s has been the official pizza of the NFL since 2010, but CNBC reported Tuesday that current CEO Steve Ritchie has announced that the chain will be cutting ties (as part of a mutal agreement) with the NFL and focusing their marketing on 22 specific teams instead.
Lexington born North Lime Coffee and Donuts opened their Louisville location yesterday at 1228 South Seventh St to a hungry crowd. Early photos showed lines extending out the door despite the rain. As a matter of fact, (as you can see from the featured photo) they were so busy, they had to sell some of the sample donuts to keep up.