[Originally Published in the Winter 2017 issue of Food & Dining Magazine.]
Perhaps the most important thing you need to know about Tony Palombino is his extraordinary ability to see what isn’t there.
For two decades, Louisville’s resident restaurant conjurer has been plucking creative concepts from the gloaming and bringing them to life, like award-winning gourmet pizzas served at evolving incarnations of BoomBozz Craft Pizza & Taphouse, and more Continue reading Profile: Waylon’s Feed & Firewater — A Honky-Tonk Grows in St. Matthews
F&D has been listing Tony Palombino’s newest concept restaurant for a while now, but today at 3 p.m. is the official opening date of Waylon’s Feed and Firewater, 3939 Shelbyville Rd. That is the former address of BoomBozz Craft Pizza and Taphouse, also a Palombino concept. Continue reading Waylon’s Feed and Firewater opens today
The churn in the local restaurant world is ongoing, and always interesting. In the most recent opening and closing news, BoomBozz Craft Pizza and Taphouse, 3939 Shelbyville Rd., will close Saturday, May 20. But Tony Palombino’s restaurant group, EAP Restaurant Concepts, plans to open Waylon’s Feed and Firewater there, a honky-tonk that will feature live music, Southern food and a full bar with lots of Bourbon choices.
In a press release, Palombino said, “With the recent explosive growth of food and entertainment venues in the heart of St. Matthews, we feel this concept is the perfect fit for the future.” Palombino’s restaurant portfolio includes the BoomBozz Pizza concepts, as well as Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen, 122 W. Main St.
According to information in the press release, the southern-style restaurant will feature some of the dishes off Merle’s menu, including its tacos. The bar will carry over 100 Bourbons and local craft beers. A music schedule promises live entertainment at least three times per week.
The four other BoomBozz location in Louisville will remain open, the release said.
Tony Palombino’s successful Mod Mex bar, restaurant and honky-tonk music venue, Manny & Merle’s, has undergone a transformation into Merle’s Whiskey Kitchen, renamed to denote its reverence for its Whiskey Row location at 122 W. Main St., and to highlight the renovation and expansion of the dining and performance space. To mark all this activity, the new Merle’s will host a VIP kick-off event Monday, Oct. 24 from 5 – 9 p.m., with the celebrations continuing through Thursday, Oct. 27.
Renovations to the space feature a larger outdoor “Merle’s Backyard’” patio, with a bar, fire pit and adult games. Inside, the restaurant has a larger stage, added seating and a private dining room, and an updated menu.
Each day next week the restaurant will offer specials, giveaways, and prizes, and will be pouring several one-of-a-kind single barrel bourbons to go along with the 100 bourbons they currently offer. There will, of course, be live music performances most nights during the celebration, featuring Nashville bands as well as local talent playing the rawer, honky-tonk style of country that has been a hallmark of Manny & Merle’s.
For more details about the celebration week, go to www.merleswhiskeykitchen.com or call (502) 290-8888.
Local restaurant mogul Tony Palombino will open his second Louisville-area Joella’s Hot Chicken restaurant today, June 1, at 13401 Shelbyville Rd. in Middletown. The new Joella’s joins the original at 3400 Frankfort Ave., which opened last year, and out-of-town outlets in Lexington and suburban Cincinnati. Continue reading Second area Joella’s opens today in Middletown
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!
The hot popularity of Joella’s Hot Chicken has convinced restaurateur Tony Palombino to convert his Boozbozz Pizza & Taphouse at 13401 Shelbyville Rd. in Middletown to his new restaurant concept. The second Louisville area Joella’s is scheduled to open June 1.
The new location’s larger space will allow Palombino to set up a catering kitchen, as well as serve eat-in and take-away customers. Continue reading Middletown gets a Joella’s this June
Apron, the local organization that helps fund restaurant workers facing medical or other money problems, will get another boost, this time from Joella’s Hot Chicken, the latest concept from Louisville restaurateur Tony Palombino. Joella’s Hot Chicken will throw a party to kick-off the benefit program. Continue reading Joella’s Hot Chicken throws party to benefit Apron, INC.
“We’ve been amazed by the response to Joella’s,” Tony Palombino said in a phone interview. “It’s been terrific, and given us a lot of encouragement to open a second restaurant.”
That second Joella’s Hot Chicken will be in Middletown, at a site that Palombino can’t reveal just yet. He is shooting for a mid-January 2016 opening, to give the East End a chance to sample Nashville-style spicy chicken. Continue reading Palombino looking to Middletown for second Joella’s Chicken store
There is a catch, of course. You have to be among the first 100 customers (18 years old minimum) to stream through the doors of Tony Palombino’s latest restaurant concept when it opens Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 3400 Frankfort Ave., the former location of Palombino’s Boombozz Taphouse.
Continue reading Get free chicken for a year at Joella’s Hot Chicken!