Category Archives: Openings & Closings

Red Herring Cocktail Lounge and Kitchen to open in former Hilltop Theater

After a year-long renovation of the Hilltop Theater, a defunct neighborhood movie house that has seen a number of other business tenants over the years, Brett Davis and business partner Mo Deljoo are now ready to open Red Herring Cocktail Lounge and Kitchen at1757 Frankfort Ave. Continue reading Red Herring Cocktail Lounge and Kitchen to open in former Hilltop Theater

Green District, a salad restaurant, slated for St. Matthews

While chains specializing in salad lunches, such as Chop Shop Salads, have not fared well in the competitive restaurant market here, four local restaurateurs, Joey Mascaro, Jordan Doepke, Matt Petty and Chris Furlow are preparing to open their own version, Green District,  at 126 Breckenridge Ln., in a space that had been a Chop Shop Salads outlet. Continue reading Green District, a salad restaurant, slated for St. Matthews

ROC, Fork & Barrel open now

Two new finer-dining restaurants have opened this week, the long-awaited ROC, at 1327 Bardstown Rd., which has been under renovation for a while, and Fork & Barrel, a fairly quick conversion of the former Basa space at 2244 Frankfort Ave. into a restaurant with a southern American menu focus, run by Geoffrey Heyde, formerly chef at Village Anchor & Pub. Continue reading ROC, Fork & Barrel open now

Firenza, MozzaPi adding to local pizza boom

Virginia-based pizza chain Firenza is opening this week at 12406 LaGrange Rd., and the long-awaited MozzaPi, the long-time dream of Louismill owner Tom Edwards should be open by May. Both restaurants join a recent boom in pizza places that includes Alan (”Papalino’s”) Rosenberg’s re-entry into that market. Continue reading Firenza, MozzaPi adding to local pizza boom

More Raising Cane’s; fewer Applebee’s

The sixth Louisville location of the increasingly but inexplicably popular Louisiana-based fast food chain Raising Cane’s, which specializes in chicken “fingers” (breaded and fried strips of tenderloin and breast meat) will open in the near future at 1905 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy., a site that was until recently home to an Applebee’s. Continue reading More Raising Cane’s; fewer Applebee’s

Nearby construction forces Z’s downtown to close

Z’s Oyster Bar and Steakhouse, 115 S. Fourth St., is another casualty of the construction turmoil that has resulted from the renovation of the Kentucky International Convention Center. Disruption of traffic patterns as a result of the closing of Third and Fourth Streets, and the reluctance of pedestrians to venture into the construction zone has reduced patronage enough that the downtown location decided to close at least temporarily. Continue reading Nearby construction forces Z’s downtown to close

Lupo, a casual Italian place, to open in Butchertown

Max Balliet, the owner of Holy Molé taco truck, is planning to open Lupo, a casual Italian restaurant that will boast a wood-fired pizza oven, at 1540 Frankfort Ave. on the edge of Butchertown.

Balliet is partnering with two members of the band Murder By Death, his sister Sarah and brother-in-law, Adam Turla. The Ferrari red imported pizza oven has already been installed in the brick shotgun that will house the restaurant, on which further renovation continues. Balliet hopes to open later in the spring.  Continue reading Lupo, a casual Italian place, to open in Butchertown