Chef Fernando Martinez’s Olé Restaurant Group’s popular quick-serve restaurant, El Taco Luchador, purveyor of fresh, tasty tacos, tortas and Latin side dishes, will open the highly-anticipated second location at 112 Meridian Ave. The space across from Trinity High School had long been the Meridian Café. Continue reading St. Matthews El Taco Luchador opens today
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
Monday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m.,Seviche, Bardstown Rd., will host a special benefit dinner prepared by Seviche’s Anthony Lamas and his fellow Latino chefs/restaurateurs Fernando Martinez of Olé Restaurant Group (Artesano Vino Tapas Y Mas, Guaca Mole Cocina Mexicana, and Mussel & Burger Bar, among others) and Bruce Ucán of Mayan Cafe. The three will collaborate on a 7-course dinner, to benefit Partners in Health, an organization that provides health care in impoverished communities. The three Latino chefs – Martinez is from Cuba, Ucán from Mexico and Lamas from a Mexican immigrant family from California – are eager to do something to help out other Latino families in the Louisville area.
Continue reading Chef’s Latin All-Stars dinner at Seviche
Long-running St. Matthews restaurant Meridian Café, 112 Meridian Ave., has closed, but its owner, Kristin Fults, is planning to open a new restaurant, the Melrose Café, in Prospect. Fernando Martinez’s OLÉ Restaurant Group will take over the St. Matthews property for a second location of the popular Highlands fast casual restaurant El Taco Luchador later this year. Continue reading Meridian Café changes hands
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
Our Summer 2016 issue of Food & Dining Magazine is now available on newsstand and online!
In this issue:
Comings & Goings — A summary of changes on the local restaurant scene, with openings, closings, moves and more.
Wiltshire at the Speed Profile — Greg Gapsis is wowed by the renovated museum, and well-fed by restaurateur Susan Hershberg’s café, Wiltshire at the Speed, where he also talks art and food with Chef Coby Ming
River House Restaurant and Raw Bar Profile — Michael L. Jones talks to Chef John Varanese about the 15-year struggle to open an elegant riverside restaurant. Continue reading Hot off the presses: The new issue of Food & Dining Magazine has hit the stands!
Fernando Martinez and his OLÉ Restaurant Group open their newest restaurant today at 10640 Meeting St. in Norton Commons. The two-level space will have, on the first floor, a full bar, restaurant and small marketplace stocking mostly Italian specialty items such as charcuterie, meatballs, cheeses, olive oil, bread and fresh pasta, beer, Italian wine and liquor. On the mezzanine level will be additional dining space. Come spring weather, there will also be outdoor dining. Continue reading Mercato Italiano Trattoria and Market opens today in Norton Commons
The energy of OLE Restaurant Group, Fernando Martinez’s restaurant management company that owns and operates, among other properties, Mussel & Burger Bar, El Taco Luchador and Guaca Mole, is not losing any steam. Its newest restaurant, Mercato Italiano, is scheduled to open in January in Norton Commons. Continue reading Newest Martinez restaurant set to open in Norton Commons
Mercato Italiano will be the name of the newest addition to the Ole Restaurant Group portfolio when it opens later this year in Norton Commons. The casual Italian restaurant and Italian food market will be at 10640 Meeting St., in the space that most recently had been Scotty’s Market. Continue reading Newest Martinez restaurant slated for December opening
After dinner service on Saturday, Nov. 28, Fernando Martinez and his OLE Restaurant Group, will close Cena, the modern Italian restaurant located below Mussel & Burger Bar, 9200 Taylorsville Rd., in order to convert those spacious rooms into overflow for the popular M&BB upstairs, and as space for private parties for patrons of its other concepts, including Artesano Vino Tapas y Mas and Guaca Mole. Continue reading Cena to close Nov. 28 — for now