Category Archives: Openings & Closings

Cafe Lou Lou becomes Lou Lou Food + Drink

Jared Matthews had plans to make changes to the venerable Café Lou Lou, 106 Sears Ave. when he bought it from founder Clay Wallace last spring. Now those changes have begun, starting with a name change. When looking for a dining spot in St. Matthews, now look for Lou Lou Food + Drink. Continue reading Cafe Lou Lou becomes Lou Lou Food + Drink

Yafa Café to re-open downtown

Yafa  Café, the little Middle Eastern place on the corner of Theater Square that gave way last year, along with the Fourth Street BBC and the latest failure of the Derby Clock to run regularly, all casualties of the expansion of the Kindred campus, has announced that it is returning to downtown, but a couple of blocks away from its former home, which is no more. Continue reading Yafa Café to re-open downtown

Cooking@Millie’s offers how-to classes

A spanking new and elegantly fitted out space offering cooking classes by local chefs has opened at 340 W. Chestnut St., between the Henry Clay and Hilton Garden Inn. Cooking@Millie’s has 16 2-person cooking and prep stations, each fully equipped with cooktops and ovens, all the prep equipment each station needs, and large screen TVs at the front so students can watch the chef and follow along. Continue reading Cooking@Millie’s offers how-to classes

BoomBozz St. Matthews closes; new restaurant, music venue to open

The churn in the local restaurant world is ongoing, and always interesting. In the most recent opening and closing news, BoomBozz Craft Pizza and Taphouse, 3939 Shelbyville Rd., will close Saturday, May 20. But Tony Palombino’s restaurant group, EAP Restaurant Concepts, plans to open Waylon’s Feed and Firewater there, a honky-tonk that will feature live music, Southern food and a full bar with lots of Bourbon choices.

In a press release, Palombino said, “With the recent explosive growth of food and entertainment venues in the heart of St. Matthews, we feel this concept is the perfect fit for the future.” Palombino’s restaurant portfolio includes the BoomBozz Pizza concepts, as well as Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen, 122 W. Main St.

According to information in the press release, the southern-style restaurant will feature some of the dishes off Merle’s menu, including its tacos. The bar will carry over 100 Bourbons and local craft beers. A music schedule promises live entertainment at least three times per week.

The four other BoomBozz location in Louisville will remain open, the release said.

Beechmont gets popsicle shop

Cocoberry Pops is the newest addition to the eating choices in the Beechmont area, which has quietly been adding ethnic restaurants and cafés for several years now. Cocoberry Pops, owned and operated by Bipin Kachhadiya and his family, serve frozen fruit and cream-based popsicles made in-house from fresh ingredients. Continue reading Beechmont gets popsicle shop

Grind plans slider bar

The deluxe burger concept that Jesse and Liz Huot developed first in their Grind Burger food truck, and then in Grind Burger Kitchen, now at 829 E. Market St. is not enough for their fans, who have pestered them about doing sliders, mini-burgers they can buy by the bagful. Those requests, added to the availability of a likely restaurant space, has encouraged them to open a second restaurant, Oskar’s Slider Bar, at 3799 Poplar Level Rd., at the corner of Trevilian Way. Continue reading Grind plans slider bar