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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

Another Taziki’s Mediterranean Café has opened in St. Matthews at 106 Fairfax Ave. Those who have restaurant memories will recall that that address was the site of the fire that burned out SuperChefs and Chef Maria’s Greek Deli last year. The site has been renovated, and the second outlet of the Birmingham, AL-based chain opened earlier this month. The menu offers Greek and Mediterranean inspired dishes such as gyros, a trio of hummus and Greek salad.

A second outlet of CocoBerry Pops, the popsicle shop that began in the Beechmont neighborhood has opened a second location in Clifton, 1813 Frankfort Ave. The family-owned business makes and sells their handmade, all-natural popsicles seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m..

The original CocoBerry Pops is located at 323 W. Woodlawn Ave. The owners serve up more than 30 flavors of popsicles with new fruit- or cream-based popsicles regularly added to the menu.

Another locally-owned restaurant, started by another entrepreneurial immigrant family, has opened in the former Empress of China space at 2249 Hikes Lane. The new Chamling Kitchen & Bar will serve Nepalese and Indian fare.  Nepalese dishes include thukpa (a noodle soup) and sukuti (dry meat). Rai’s brother, who’s had previous cooking experience, will head the kitchen.

West Louisville recently marked the opening of the Sweet Peaches 2 Roll Café in the Nia Center, 2900 W. Broadway. The Sweet Peaches café is located in the center’s lobby and will serve coffee, sandwiches, salads and fresh pastries from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays.

The café is the second restaurant from Pamela Haines, who also owns the first Sweet Peaches location at 1800 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. in the Russell neighborhood.

Lexington-based cold-pressed juice bar The Weekly Juicery has also opened a second location at 632 E. Market St. in NuLu. Owner Kimmye Bohannon serves a variety of fruit and vegetable-based juices and smoothies, and vegan salad bowls and wraps. The Weekly Juicery’s hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday and Monday. The other Juicery location is inside the Heine Brothers’ Coffee store at 4901 Brownsboro Rd. in Holiday Manor.

And to complete the list of second locations, Wild Ginger has opened a restaurant in Norton Commons. Jenny Wang, owner of Wild Ginger, an Asian Fusion restaurant in the Highlands, now has a sister location at 9415 Norton Commons Blvd. While the Highlands restaurant serves a pan-Asian menu, the Norton Commons restaurant will focus solely on traditional Japanese food and will offer 20 different sakes.

The restaurant is serving dinner only with operating hours of 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Eventually, Wang plans to add on lunch.

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