The past three months have seen much activity in the local restaurant world but not at the higher end of the economic range. All of the fine dining establishments seem to be holding their own with no newcomers to that market and no casualties. Of the 27 restaurants that have opened since the last issue of F&D in May, at least 8 serve ethnic cuisine ranging from Turkish to Somali to Vietnamese. Another nine serve familiar American cuisine — or 12, if you include pizza along with burgers, wings and BBQ as quintessentially American food. A few outliers complete the list of new food businesses — a vegan café, a cereal restaurant, and a chef’s performance/demonstration space. Fifteen restaurants have closed for good, and two other businesses — Louis’s the Ton and Me Gusta Latin Kitchen — didn’t so much close as change their identities in mid stride, to The Butchertown Social and El Barrio Tequila & Whiskey Bar, respectively. And eight multi-outlet businesses closed one or more locations, but they are still serving elsewhere. Continue reading Comings & Goings — A comprehensive update on the local restaurant scene
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.