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Fond fun theme dinners benefit Dare to Care

Fond, the Crescent Hill local grocer-cum-restaurant (or is it a restaurant-cum-local grocery?) at 2520 Frankfort Ave., is offering monthly special dinners which will benefit Dare to Care, the non-profit that partners with over 300 local social service agencies such as food pantries, shelters and emergency kitchens to distribute food to those in the Louisville area that are food-insecure.

On the last Sunday of each month, chef/owner of Fond, Madeleine Dee, will prepare a 5-course dinner with a food theme related to “a beloved work of literature or the silver screen,” as Dee puts it. Continue reading Fond fun theme dinners benefit Dare to Care

Coming & Goings

Well, the restaurant growth in the Louisville area continues apace. Since the last issue in August, Food & Dining this issue is adding 33 new restaurants to its listings, a dozen of which are additional outlets of existing businesses. Only 15 restaurants have closed, or have announced that they will do so; three of those closings are businesses that are folding one of multiple locations. So, polish up those charge cards and get ready to try some new dining spots. Continue reading Coming & Goings

Smoketown USA closes

In a Facebook post today, Eric Gould owner, operator and heart and soul of the popular Shelby Park BBQ joint Smoketown USA, has announced that he will close the restaurant to pursue “other new adventures.”

Gould bought the Civil War-era building at the corner of Logan and Oak Streets  in 2002, and spent four years renovating the building. In May of 2007 Smoketown USA opened, a pioneer in the revitalization of the neighborhood. In his post,  Gould proclaims his restaurant career a success, thanked all his patrons and the media, and says that after the fall bow hunting season (he is an avid sportsman) he has “plans in 2017 that will [include] local events that feature Smoketown USA so you will have plenty of opportunities to get your Smoketown fix.”

Doc’s Cantina closes, concept undergoing overhaul

Louisville’s newest on-line restaurant news site, Eat Drink Talk, is reporting this morning that Doc’s Cantina, the much-hyped renovation of the former Tumbleweed location, has been closed. The owners, Falls City Hospitality Group, will rethink their concept and re-open with new ideas before the end of the year.

Eat Drink Talk’s Steve Coomes reports the ins and outs of the decision, and the ups and downs of the newest effort by restaurateurs Chip Hamm,  Brett Davis, Michael Ton and Steven Ton that had been plagued with problems from the start.

Restaurant reviewer joins restaurant group

Nancy Miller, the restaurant reviewer and Cook’s Corner compiler for the Louisville Courier-Journal, whose reviews run in the Velocity section on Thursdays, will leave her reviewer’s position to become director of training and restaurant development for Belle Noble Entertainment Group LLC, which owns Le Moo, Village Anchor and PICNIC. Continue reading Restaurant reviewer joins restaurant group

Hub Roti Café offers tacos with a twist

In Jeffersonville, at 716 E. 10th St., Hub Roti Café serves an interesting variation on the taco, a savory wrap using roti, an Indian flatbread that looks something like pita. Piled full with a range of filling choices, Hub Café’s roti are a satisfying and slightly different breakfast or lunch food. Continue reading Hub Roti Café offers tacos with a twist

Red Barn Kitchen to open Monday in Lyndon

Fernando Martinez and his crew at Olé Restaurant Group are at it again. Monday, July 18 the newest restaurant in the group’s portfolio, Red Barn Kitchen, will open at 8131 New LaGrange Rd. in Lyndon. The site had been for many years Joe’s Older Than Dirt, “but Olé has completely overhauled the space,” according to a press release.  Continue reading Red Barn Kitchen to open Monday in Lyndon

Bubba’s 33 to open in Clarksville

On July 25, the first Louisville-area outlet of Bubba’s 33, a family sports bar and restaurant concept from the Texas Roadhouse organization, will open at 4631 Medical Plaza Way in Clarksville, Ind. The Indiana restaurant will be the 12th location of the growing chain; other stores are located in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Indiana, among other states. Continue reading Bubba’s 33 to open in Clarksville

New places open new spaces

Three restaurants open within the last year or so have now opened additional spaces at their locations. River House, John Varanese’s long-time dream restaurant on the Ohio River, has opened The Levee, the small plates with dining entertainment  space right next door. Le Moo has opened its performing space, Blue Moo, and Galaxie Bar has opened its outdoor patio, dubbed The Outer Space, behind the Green Building. Continue reading New places open new spaces