Two Highlands restaurants plan East End expansions

Joy Luck, the elegant little Taiwanese restaurant across from Mid-City Mall at 1285 Bardstown Rd., and Louvino, the popular wine bar and small plates restaurant at 1606 Bardstown Rd., are planning to open second locations in the East End by the summer.

Joy Luck Asian Restaurant is planned for 9850 Von Allmen Ct., ia suddenly-rising resetaurant strip near Brownsboro Road and Chamberlain Lane. Owner Alvin Lin said the new Joy Luck will offer authentic Taiwanese cuisine and craft cocktails.

Small plates, big wines. The concept of small places and wine flights has been successful in the Highlands, and so owner Chad Coulter is planning a second location at Shelbyville Road and Blankenbaker Pkwy, hopefully opening by the summer. He plans a restaurant with an outdoor lounge area, patio with fire pits, and private dining space for parties.