Louisville Restaurant Openings, Closings and Changes From Around the Web

Louisville now has over 1400 restaurants and that number fluctuates seemingly every day, but sometimes there are just spurts of opening and closings activities all in the same time frame. Our staff at Food & Dining is small, and we do our best to keep you up to date with all things food in Louisville. We are happy to pass along excellent reporting from some of the wonderful press network in our fine city when there is just too much news for us to relay on our own.

Here is a list of openings, closings and changes you might have missed:

Another Place Sandwich Shop is thriving under new management (Above Jimmy Can’t Dance speakeasy)

Brownie’s the Shed closing, forced out of space

Blaze Pizza is opening a Southern Indiana location.

Gospel Bird Restaurateur planning Germantown restaurant

Louisville’s First Champagne bar opens on Frankfort Ave

Total Wine and More is opening a second location.

Wick’s Pizza is opening a Hikes Point location with expanded menu

 

Five Course Meal With Makers Mark Pairings at La Chasse Tonight

La Chasse is hosting a Maker’s Mark five-course dinner tonight with a menu designed by new Executive Chef Kristina Dyer.  The dinner begins at 7 p.m. and is $75 per person. There are a few tables left; make reservations by calling 502-822-3963 or online at their web site.

First course: Corn

 Corn chilled bisque, topped with pickled sweet corn, langoustine lobster and micro cilantro 

Paired with: Popcorn Champagne Old Fashioned,

Popcorn-infused Maker’s Mark, sweet charred corn syrup, Angostura bitters, Champagne

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Anoosh Shariat’s Cancer Diagnosis Brings New Chef, Menu Changes

Chef Anoosh Shariat is known for his two restaurants – Anoosh Bistro and Noosh Nosh, – but is also known for his warm personality and positive attitude. He is facing a recent cancer diagnosis with the same positive nature by taking the opportunity to grow his team.  

Mark Ford, formerly of Artesano Tapas Vinos Y Mas, St. Charles Exchange and the Louisville Country Club, is once again cooking alongside his mentor, and will be running the kitchen at Anoosh Bistro. Ford and Shariat have worked together before at two of Shariat’s previous restaurants: Browning’s Restaurant and Brewery and Park Place, and the two hold a deep respect for each other.

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El Taco Luchador Wrestles New Space Downtown

The shifts and changes downtown seem to be neverending, but here’s a new one to taco ’bout. Zoë’s Kitchen, 500 W. Jefferson St. – at the corner of West Jefferson and South Fifth St. – is out, but El Taco Luchador is moving in. The taqueria that has been named the most popular taco spot in the state by BuzzFeed & Yelp and recognized in Southern Living’s “City Guide to Louisville”,  will be opening sometime in late summer or early fall, according to Chef Fernando Martinez’s Olé Hospitality Group.

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Copper & Kings Cookbook Features Dishes by Portage House & Fat Lamb’s Dallas McGarity

Dallas McGarity, owner and executive chef of Portage House and The Fat Lamb, worked with Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. to release a “Take Me to the River,” a full cookbook, which is now available and details 20 coursed recipes prepared with their American Brandy and an additional three superlative brandy pairings with country ham, cheese and artisanal chocolate.

“Brandy’s awesome,” said chef McGarity. “It’s so versatile. It works from start to finish in a meal, within every course, and it’s delicious to drink. The flavor profiles are so dynamic, with fruit, honey, spice, and it avoids a cloying sweetness when used well. It can be delicate and robust; it can add punch, as well as subtlety. I think chefs are going to have a lot of fun exploring the brandy opportunity in cuisine. It shouldn’t be so surprising, but this is a great opportunity to add dimension to any food style.”

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Barry’s Cheesesteaks & More Expands Menu and Ministry to Old Louisville

 

Many restaurants have employee turnover – meaning employees coming and going, but one Louisville restaurant has a different type of employee turnover. Humans have such an emotional connection to food, it’s no wonder that food shows up in metaphors, myths and spiritual symbolism time and time again. While spiritual upliftment can feed a person’s soul, the body still needs food to operate. Philadelphia native Reverend Barry Washington feeds both – and expected in August, Barry’s Philly Cheesesteaks & More will expand from their 7502 Preston Hwy location to a second location at 1161 Second St  in Old Louisville in order to better facilitate all the hungry souls and bellies. Although their hours were previously 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, the restaurant is temporarily closed on Mondays and Tuesdays while they grow.   

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MasterChef Finalist Brandi Mudd Joins New MasterChef Summer Camp (Shares Recipe)

Last week, we reported on Louisville native Gerron Hurt being on the current season 9 of MasterChef (where home cooks compete for $250,000 and other prizes), and we shared some advice for him from Brandi Mudd — who was a finalist on season 7. Like Hurt, Mudd is a Kentucky native and was also a teacher. She’s not teaching anymore, though, because the competition changed her life – and like Hurt, she almost passed on the opportunity to compete.

“Before MasterChef, I had never dreamed of being on tv or had the confidence to do something like that,” she explained.” I was like a kid taking a pie to the county fair. So, when things escalated and they were talking about me being on camera, I told them I’d never been on camera before. They said ‘You do know this is a television show, right?’ It really hadn’t sunk in until I had been accepted to be on camera.”

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Chefs Battle Behind the Bar Monday Night at Red Herring

Red Herring Cocktail Lounge & Kitchen, 1757 Frankfort Ave, will host Bistro 1860’s Michael Crouch for a Chef Bartending Battle on Monday June 18, pulling Crouch out of the kitchen and pitting him against Red Herring Chef Jacob Coronado.

What exactly does that mean?  It means you can be the judge from 8 p.m. to midnight, putting these chefs to the cocktail test by ordering  drinks – a simple old fashioned to a more complex whiskey sour – and voting by putting a donation into the corresponding chef’s bucket. 

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Clarksville Is About To See A Storming Crab

A Clarksville, Tennessee (yes, Tennessee) boiled Cajun seafood restaurant is coming to Clarksville, Indiana – and that’s not the only coincidence. The Tennessee restaurant is on Lowes Drive, and the new Indiana restaurant opens June 27 (grand opening July 2) in the former Famous Dave’s building at 1360 Veteran’s Pky in front of Lowe’s hardware store.

Although the first Storming Crab’s restaurant in Tennessee has been open just over half a year, it’s been quite a success with “lines out the door,” according to co-owner Kevin Weng.  One review on their site from customer Billy Jones says, “This place rocks like a hurricane! Staff was very helpful in explaining the menu and respectful. The food was mind blowing! Cajun Style Dining at it’s finest!”

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Louisville Native Progressing Through MasterChef Season 9 on Fox

Gerron HurtIf you watch MasterChef on Fox (a show where home chefs compete for $250,000, their own cookbook and other honors), you might want to tune in to season nine, which premiered May 30,  to see Gerron Hurt compete — a louisville native who now splits his time between Louisville and Nashville, Tennessee. Hurt  went to Fern Creek High School before Western Kentucky University, and now he is a Nashville school teacher, whose life changed on a whim when he decided to go to the Master Chef auditions kind of last minute.

“I was watching the news in Nashville one day, and I saw that they would be doing auditions at a local hotel,” said Hurt. “I wasn’t going to go, but my fiance convinced me I needed to. She said it would be a great opportunity and that I really needed to go. So, I dropped everything and went to the auditions.”

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