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Bar Vetti to open Monday at 800 Apartments

As promised to those who check out this site, there is again news of a new restaurant opening, news that appeared less than 24 hours after the most recent posting of new restaurants. Ryan Rogers, of Feast BBQ renown, is scheduled to open Bar Vetti, an Italian restaurant, Monday, Oct. 16  in the 800 Apartments.

Bar Vetti will be the latest new restaurant to feature Italian cuisine, joining ROC, Butchertown Pizza Hall, Lupo and Ciao as the most recent additions to the two dozen or so other Italian restaurants in the area. And, there is still the Germantown restaurant planned by the Gabriele family to anticipate.

Ryan Rogers has made a mark on both sides of the river with his Feast BBQ restaurants, and was an early area proponent of Nashville-style hot chicken with his Royals Hot Chicken in NuLu. His latest venture will try to bring some sophistication to the sort-of-dodgy area south of Broadway between downtown and Old Louisville — inevitably dubbed SoBro – and to add luster to the newly-renovated and upgraded, and already financially strapped  800 Building.

In a Courier-Journal story,  Rogers explained that he named his restaurant after one of the buildings uncovered in the volcano-destroyed city of Pompeii. “Vetti comes from the ruins of Pompeii,” Rogers said. “It’s one of the most well-preserved homes buried in the ash. They uncovered the home and it had these amazing frescos on the walls.” The implicit comparison of Pompeii and the fallen-into-desuetude-but-now-revitalized 800 Building is evocative, if a bit of a stretch.

Rogers and executive chef Andrew McCabe plan an Italian menu that is inspired by local products. Bar Vetti will initially open for dinner service only with a range of house-made pasta, pizzas and shareable plates. Like classic Italian cooking, Bar Vetti’s kitchen will focus on seasonally-available produce (no caprese salads without local tomatoes) and simple preparations to bring out the inherent flavors of ingredients.

The full bar of Bar Vetti will include at least six wines on draft, drawn from a keg, providing quality at moderate pricing. The restaurant hopes to draw customers from nearby downtown businesses, schools and Old Louisville residents.

To keep track of Bar Vetti’s progress, go to barvetti.com or the restaurant’s Facebook page, @barvetti.

Bar Vetti offers glimpse of proposed menu

As the renovations to the 800 Building nears completion, details about the restaurant to be located on the ground floor, Bar Vetti, are being made public. The name of the iconic 1960s-era blue-clad high rise will be changed to the 800 City Tower Apartments. Bar Vetti, to be run by Ryan Rogers (Feast BBQ, Royals Hot Chicken) and Andrew McCabe (chef at Royals), is slated to open later this winter, with a specific opening date to be determined as the project comes nearer to being finalized. Continue reading Bar Vetti offers glimpse of proposed menu

Bar Vetti to be restaurant at renovated 800

The iconic 800 Building at 800 S. Fourth St., under renovation to become the 800 Tower City Apartments after several years of creeping desuetude, will also have an Italian restaurant, to be called Bar Vetti. It will be operated by Ryan Rogers of Feast BBQ and Royals Hot Chicken and his partner, Andrew McCabe, who is currently the chef at Royals. Continue reading Bar Vetti to be restaurant at renovated 800

Hot off the presses: The new issue of Food & Dining Magazine has hit the stands!

Our Summer 2016 issue of Food & Dining Magazine is now available on newsstand and online!

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In this issue:

Comings & Goings — A summary of changes on the local restaurant scene, with openings, closings, moves and more.

Wiltshire at the Speed ProfileGreg 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!

Royals Hot Chicken shakes down with week of soft openings

The new year promises to see the opening of several long-announced and long-awaited restaurant openings. One of the most anticipated is Louisville’s second entry into the Nashville-style hot chicken movement, Royals Hot Chicken, the brainchild of Ryan Rogers, of Feast barbecue renown. (Joella’s was the first hot chicken emporium to enter the market, opened by Tony Palombino last fall). Royals will end its soft opening trial run today, 5-9 p.m., at 736 E. Market St., in the location that most recently was Taco Punk. Continue reading Royals Hot Chicken shakes down with week of soft openings

Proof on Main, Feast BBQ and The Ville win notice and awards

Louisville chefs and restaurants have been getting some national press lately, nowhere near enough, in some people’s eyes, but every bit helps to let others know the good things that are happening here.

Eater, the national on line restaurant news site, has named Louisville chef Ryan Rogers of Feast BBQ to their “Young Guns” list of the most promising chefs under 30. USA Today, which is always running polls, recently ran a survey to find the “Best Southern Fine Dining restaurants, and Proof was one of the top ten at seven. Seven seems to be a lucky number in Louisville. Zagat, the national restaurant user guide, has ranked Louisville as one of the top America’s Next Hot Food Cities” at seventh.

Continue reading Proof on Main, Feast BBQ and The Ville win notice and awards

Short list: Erika’s closes, Charity cocktail battle, Main Street Café adds brunch

Alles Gute, Erika! Erika’s German Restaurant (9301 Hurstbourne Park Blvd.) has closed after a 10-year run in what most would call a challenging location off Hurstbourne Road.

Though anyone who ate there would tell you it was worth the truly minor struggle to find it just a turn or two off Hurstbourne Lane in J-Town. Continue reading Short list: Erika’s closes, Charity cocktail battle, Main Street Café adds brunch