Category Archives: Openings & Closings

New mac and cheese restaurant  to open soon in J’town

Mac’s Dough House is planning to open at 10509 Watterson Trail in Jeffersontown, in space that formerly was occupied by Johnny V’s pizzeria. It will feature variations on macaroni and cheese geared to suit tastes from the simplest child’s to a sophisticated adult’s. Continue reading New mac and cheese restaurant  to open soon in J’town

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

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

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!

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.

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.

Himalayan food on Bardstown Rd.? Maybe

The Bardstown Rd. outlet for the local sports bar concept Brownie’s the Shed closed earlier this year, leaving a gap in the array of food and drinking establishments in that block of The Highlands. Now, word is out that a business serving Himalayan food is making plans to take over the space at 1578 Bardstown Rd. Continue reading Himalayan food on Bardstown Rd.? Maybe