As hard as it might be to believe, a career spent writing humor columns did not prepare me for the rigors of restaurant ownership. Shocking, I know, but true. Yet restaurant ownership remains the dream of many a deluded soul out there in the world. So as the owner of Gracious Bakery + Café and its subsidiaries here in New Orleans, I would like to share with such interested parties my keen insights gleaned from the past three years of proprietorship. Learn from my mistakes so that you in turn do not make them. Or better yet, open up a traveling cat circus. That would be the safer bet. Continue reading Humor— Tips and Pointers for Opening Your Own Restaurant
Brown liquors get their color from aging in wood, for years in most cases. That makes cash flow for a new distillery dicey, and the reason to distill and bottle clear spirits as well, to make enough money to keep those brandy and Bourbon barrels aging properly until it is time for them to hit the market. So, with the rise of new Bourbon producers in the state, we have seen also the rise of clear spirits – vodka, gin, moonshine and unaged brandy – production as well. Saturday, Aug. 5, 7-11 p.m., Copper & Kings Distillery, 1121 E. Washington St., will celebrate clear spirits with the Supersonic Craft Gin Festival.
Continue reading Copper & Kings hosts gin festival
The disparate events heralded in the headline above are not that disparate. Nathaniel Gravely has been working for a while on the renovation of the former Pride Tile Co. building at 514 Baxter Ave. Chef Bruce Ucán of Mayan Cafe began his restaurant career with a food truck. Now the two have joined into an agreement that will have Ucan’s Mayan Street Food truck serving snacks like guacamole and Mexican street corn; tacos including Kentucky silver carp fish and shredded chicken; and the ever-popular salbutes. Gluten-free and vegetarian options will be available. Continue reading Mayan food truck returns! Gravely Brewing Co. opens!
Please & Thank You, the popular NuLu coffeeshop and bakery that opened a St. Matthews location a few years ago, will open its third location Saturday, Aug. 19 at 252 E. Market St., closer in to downtown, in the space that has been Press on Market. Continue reading Third Please & Thank You store to open this month
Various TV food shows continue to be interested in Louisville restaurants. The latest to show our restaurateurs some love – or at least give them exposure on a show – is the Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” program, which will be filming tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 2 at the downtown location of Mussel & Burger Bar, 113 S. Seventh St. Continue reading “Food Paradise” to film at M&BB
J. Colin Underhill of Underhill Associates recently spoke at the Beechmont Women’s Club about the progress on restoring and revitalizing the Colonial Gardens property near Iroquois Park, reports F&D contributor Michael Jones. According to Underhill, his company is working on four different restaurant concepts that will share an outdoor space featuring tables and a performance area. The idea is to return to the property to its beer garden roots. Continue reading Colonial Gardens update
Red Herring Cocktail Lounge & Kitchen, 1757 Frankfort Ave., has added the Red Herring Coffee Lounge & Roastery, which is, essentially that same space, but open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this time, the offerings will be coffee, tea, and fresh-squeezed juices, made-from-scratch pastries and breakfast sandwiches. Coffee will be served in both “PG” and “XXX” concoctions; that is, without or with a bit of early-in-the-day alcoholic pick-you-up. Continue reading Red Herring adds coffee lounge
One of the more important and vigorous charitable organizations in town, APRON, Inc, will hold is 3rd Annual Taste of Independents fundraiser Sunday, July 30, 1-4 p.m. at The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Ave. APRON provides financial assistance to employees in the independent service industry who find themselves in financial need through no fault of their own. Since restaurants often cannot provide benefits like medical insurance, APRON steps in when accidents or illness strikes restaurant workers. Continue reading Taste of Independents benefits APRON Inc.
Imanka restaurant, newly opened in the International Mall on S. Eighth St., near York St., serves food drawn from the cuisine of Somalia, a new option for adventurous Louisville diners happy to see a recent proliferation of ethnic restaurants around town.
Mohamed Abbi Abdalla and his family, opened the new restaurant earlier this month. The restaurant is named for Abdalla’s great-grandfather, Imam, according to a story in Business First.
Some typical dishes served at Imanka are chicken suqaar, a chicken stew, or goat seasoned with onions and green peppers. These entrees come with a side of rice, a banana and a salad.
Louisville now has a population of about 1,500 Somali refugees. Imanka joins Baraka Somali Restaurant on Oak Street in offering the foods of this beleaguered African nation.
The International Mall has come to be known as the Somali Mall International. Opened in 2008, the mall gives home to several small businesses started by entrepreneurial refugees.
Another farmers market opportunity will appear tomorrow, Wednesday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at Fresh Start Growers’ Supply, 1007 E. Jefferson St. in NuLu. The market is organized by Louisville Farm to Table, a Metro government group whose mission, according to their website, is “to increase the capacity of the local food system by working to increase production, marketing, distribution and sales of Kentucky edible agriculture products and to meet the demand of Louisville’s market for local foods.” Continue reading Greenmarket Popup tomorrow at Fresh Start