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Three new restaurants to join the scene

A flurry of activity in the local restaurant world has seen two new eating places open, and another one set to open for November.

Dark Star, Crescent Hill’s favorite dive bar, has relocated to 6325 Upper River Road, in the former home of Eva Mae’s on Harrod’s Creek.The new Dark Star has several comfortable rooms, as well as a deck overlooking Harrod’s Creek.

Lee Mayfield, who has worked for Blind Pig, North End Café and Café LouLou, has come aboard as chef of Dark Star. The menu includes shrimp cocktails, mussels, oyster fritters, a variety of burgers and other sandwiches, a spinach and goat cheese salad and a fresh catch of the day.

The Dark Star’s former digs at 2636 Frankfort Ave. have been taken over, and extensively renovated by the local brewery BBC, and has opened as Crescent Hill Craft House. The emphasis will be on Kentucky and Indiana beers, with choices from BBC, of course, but also other local and regional breweries, including Against the Grain, West Sixth, Cumberland Brews, Flat 12, Falls City, and NABC.

The menu will focus on locally sourced ingredients, but together by Chef Tim Smith, formerly of Napa River Grill and 60 West Martini Bar. Choices range from sandwiches (including fried bologna) to entrees like Kentucky fried quail.)There are appetizers, soups and salads, too. Weekend brunches will offer things like Craft House pancakes to Kentucky eggs Benedict.

And, Tony Palombino continues to expand his Boombozz empire, planning his sixth Boombozz Craft Pizza & Taphouse for a late fall opening.

The latest restaurant in the chain will be located at 1890 S. Hurstbourne Parkway. The 200-seat Jeffersontown store, which was the cite of a BD’s Mongolian Grill, which closed recently,  will have a bar and outdoor patio seating.

Palombino had been eying a Hurstbourne location for a while, and was eager to jump when a good location presented itself.