How exciting! New restaurant signs are popping up all over the Highlands. No sooner than we broke the story about Shiraz Mediterranean Grill opening a location on Bardstown Road, we received a message from a reader, alerting us to Ramen Inochi opening on Highland Ave, and to J. Gumbo’s Cajun restaurant returning to the building where they started it all at 1616 Grinstead Dr. I had to see for myself, so I drove by yesterday and caught Donald Fox — brother to Billy Fox, Jr. who co-owns J. Gumbos with Jason Cardwell — there as he was working with crew to get it ready. He told me that this building is where J. Gumbos started before outgrowing the space in around 2000 and then spreading franchises to 22 different states since. He says they plan to open by the end of next week and have special plans for Mardis Gras, although the details are still being worked out.
A reader who wishes to remain anonymous tipped us off to a sign for a Ramen restaurant appearing on the building at 2009 Highland Ave, the former home of Rumplins (another noodle based restaurant.) Our source says that Ramen Inochi is a completely new concept and is supposed to open in March. A notice of intent to sell alcoholic beverages is posted in the window. The deadline to protest the selling of alcohol is February 11. More to come.
A Shiraz Mediterranean Grill sign was noticed today on the building formerly occupied by The Planet Bistro. This will be a new location at 1565 Bardstown Rd. (in addition to their other five locations in Louisville). This was confirmed by a graphic on their website that simply states a new location is coming to Bardstown Rd. this spring, followed by a phone call where they told Food & Dining they plan to open the third weekend in March. Continue reading Shiraz Mediterranean Grill Coming to Highlands
Another restaurant has gone out quietly but with a parting gift, perhaps to make up for little explanation. Mellow Mushroom has closed its highlands location at 1023 Bardstown Road. They sent an email out this morning that said the following and included a coupon for a free small cheese pizza at their Saint Matthews location, 3922 Shelbyville Rd.
A free, family-friendly event will be held at Bristol Bar & Grille, Highlands, 1321 Bardstown Rd., tomorrow, Sept. 9, in honor of four decades serving the Louisville area. The event will feature a celebrity green chili wonton eating contest, live music from Heidi Howe, Rusty Dimes and the Good Times, the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys and DJ Matt Simons. Local breweries, Goodwood and New Albanian Brewing Company will serve beer while the Frazier Museum and Squallis puppeteers will provide additional entertainment.
A local cooking demonstration is also on the agenda. In addition, the winner of the free green chili wontons for a year will be announced.
“After 40 years of serving the community, it is our pleasure to invite the entire city of Louisville to celebrate with us,” said Bristol Bar & Grille owner Doug Grossman in a press release. “When we opened our doors Sept. 27, 1977, it was our intent to create a restaurant that would become a part of the neighborhood and with the help of our loyal customers, we have achieved that goal.”
Since its opening on Bardstown Rd., the Bristol has been a staple in the Louisville food scene. As well as being a trendsetter for beginning the birth of the Highlands Restaurant Row, the restaurant quickly became first a neighborhood, and then a city-wide tradition, with the opening of four locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana.
Local pizza provider Bearno’s has announced that it is closing its Highlands outlet at 1318 Bardstown Rd. The company has been in the pizza business since 1977, and has run its Bardstown Rd. store for 15 years. It now has 11 stores across the Louisville area, including Bearno’s By the Bridge, at 131 W. Main St. and the two newest stores, Bearno’s by the Bay, on River Road in Prospect, and a Middletown store, both of which opened this year. Continue reading Bearno’s closes Highlands store
So far the weather has not been all that accommodating for the new Highlands business, Steel City Pops, which opened last week at 1021 Bardstown Rd., the site of the now defunct Wild and Wooly Video.
The new gourmet popsicle store is the first in Kentucky for the Alabama-based company, which offers a wide range of unusual, sometimes exotic flavors such as maple bacon with bourbon, butter pecan and pineapple jalapeño. Continue reading Steel City Pops opens in Highlands