Category Archives: Openings & Closings

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 or the restaurant’s Facebook page, @barvetti.

3rd Turn Brewing opens Oldham Gardens taproom and beer garden

3rd Turn Brewing, which opened its first taproom last year in a restored 1878 church on Gaslight Square in Jeffersontown, has now opened  Oldham Gardens, a 16-handle taproom with outdoor bar and patios, expansive garden and event space on a four-acre farm in Crestwood. The brewery complex at 6300 Old Lagrange Rd. will grow herbs, fruit and vegetables on the farm that will be used in their brewing. Continue reading 3rd Turn Brewing opens Oldham Gardens taproom and beer garden

Looking into the future: more restaurants planned

We recently posted about several new restaurants that have opened in recent weeks. Several other new restaurant announcements have been circulating as well, but about businesses planned for the near future. Aware that, as the saying goes, there is many a slip twixt cup and the lip, nonetheless, here are some future dining choices we will be keeping an eye on. Continue reading Looking into the future: more restaurants planned

Tandoori Fusion to open Monday

Tandoori Fusion, an Indian restaurant that has been talked about for some months, is finally ready to open Monday, Oct. 2 in the Chamberlain Pointe shopping center,9708 Brownsboro Rd. Restaurant owner Purna Veer, a professional software consultant, also owns a farm in Oldham County, which will supply fresh vegetables for the restaurant in season. Continue reading Tandoori Fusion to open Monday

Hull & High Water opens today

Hull & High Water, downtown New Albany’s much-anticipated seafood restaurant, will open today, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. at 324 E. Main St., after a silly kerfuffle about the name being too similar to a yet-to-open bar (Hell and High Water) in downtown Louisville. Continue reading Hull & High Water opens today

Recent restaurant openings

Come November, the Winter issue of F&D will have a thorough run-down of all the newest restaurants in town. But in the meantime, it is valuable to know what has been happening in the last month or so to add to the dining choices. Here are some of the newest dining spots that we have had word of Continue reading Recent restaurant openings

Clarksville Famous Dave’s, New Albany Urban Bread Co. close

Two multi-outlet restaurants each have recently closed one of their locations. The Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que restaurant at 1360 Veterans Pkwy, in Clarksville, which opened in 2005, has ceased operation. And Urban Bread Company, which expanded from its Jeffersonville birthplace into New Albany, has closed that location at 145 E. Main St. Continue reading Clarksville Famous Dave’s, New Albany Urban Bread Co. close

D. Nalley’s to be reborn again

Ya just can’t keep a retro, nostalgia-inducing institution like D. Nalley’s down. After a long, multi-decade run, the little diner that time forgot closed, then was to be revived as a BBQ place (an idea that fizzled) and then was opened briefly in its former identity as a diner, but failed to find traction after a few months. Now, the classic site at 970 S. Third St. in Old Louisville is being readied to reopen again as a diner. Continue reading D. Nalley’s to be reborn again

RYE opens LOX today

When RYE opened a few years ago at 900 E. Market St., it experimented for a while with lunch service, but discontinued it. Owner Michael Kusman-Trager also experimented with a lunch place on Main St., Atlantic No. 5, before selling that operation. Now, RYE is entering the lunch trade again, this time at the RYE location, but during lunch service, it will take on the persona of LOX, which opens today, Thursday, Sept. 14. Continue reading RYE opens LOX today