As a couple of restaurant doors close, many more open in Louisville

El Camino. Photo courtesy of ConsumingLouisville.com.
El Camino. Photo courtesy of ConsumingLouisville.com.

I feel like I’m missing something.

Restaurants are opening up around town like gangbusters, and I can’t figure out why. Is this a sign of the economy bouncing back? Has Louisville’s appetite for eating out reached epic proportions? Am I just noticing this uptick more because I write about food? WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

I’m going to take a Dayquil and ponder this. In the meantime, here is a round-up of some notable openings (and a closing or two). Click the source links for more info.

Butchertown

Douglass Loop/Highlands

Downtown/River Road

Employees assemble orders at Atlantic No. 5.
Employees assemble orders at Atlantic No. 5.
  • Open: Atlantic No. 5 (Ashlee Eats)
  • Opening: Unnamed restaurant from the same management company behind Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar and La Coop: Bistro a Vins (Business First of Louisville)

Fourth Street

Outer Loop

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News

  • Menu and Hours, the Louisville restaurant app I’ve plugged a time or two, is available for Android operating systems. Visit the blog Wednesday for my review. (Consuming Louisville)
  • The Mayan Café removed soft drinks from his menu. As a “Just water, please” devotee, I give the decision a thumbs up. (Insider Louisville)
  • Need a little something more with your KFC Original Recipe bites? The chain now offers dipping gravy. (Business First of Louisville)
  • Oh, snap. Some protesters demonstrated their opposition to foie gras being served at the new restaurant Game. There were even counter-protesters, aka hunters having a meal inside. Riveting. (Eater Louisville)

Openings

 

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Closings

  • The original Highlands Tap Room (next door to Kashmir Restaurant on Bardstown Road) will close after 11 years. The bar’s second location down the street at 1058 Bardstown Road will remain open. (Insider Louisville)

News

Openings

  • A new restaurant called Sidebar Ice House and Grill is set to open in April on Whiskey Row, according to one of the developers of the downtown strip next to the Yum Center. This would bring the number of eateries in the 100 block of West Main Street to five. (Business First of Louisville)

Etc.

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News

  • The owners of Comfy Cow plan to expand their ice cream shop by franchising in the region. As a fan of their seasonal sweet potato casserole ice cream, I approve wholeheartedly. (Business First of Louisville, Insider Louisville)
  • Taco Punk, the NuLu restaurant Mexican restaurant that launched a Kickstarter campaign, did not reach its $20,000 fundraising goal. No word on what’s next for the restaurant. (Eater Louisville)

Openings

  • More official news about Havana Rumba‘s new “express” concept restaurant. Havana Rumba Express & Tapas Bar will open in Douglass Loop at 2210 Bardstown Road in the space formerly occupied by Desserts by Helen and Mucho Queso. Owners are still in the planning stages, but this is an opening worth keeping an eye on. (Consuming Louisville)
  • New coffee shop alert: Kaelin’s Coffeehouse, 1801 Newburg Road. (Consuming Louisville)
  • A Detroit-style pizza parlor called Loui Loui’s will open in Jeffersontown next month at the former Ferd Grisanti’s building, 10212 Taylorsville Road. Check out Insider Louisville’s article for more information about this style of the popular dish. (Insider Louisville)

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Closings

  • John E’s Restaurant and Lounge closed abruptly last week. (WHAS 11)

News

  • “Louisville residents currently spend $100 million annually on local foods and are interested in purchasing an additional $158 million each year, for a total demand of $258 million.” Noted. (Business First of Louisville)

Openings

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Closings

  • In case you took a break from the internets this weekend, Louisville staple Lynn’s Paradise Café closed a little more than a week after a former employee took to Facebook to talk about new policy changes at the restaurant. I put together a timeline on Ashlee Eats and at WFPL.org, and hop over to Eater Louisville to see a full rundown.

Events

News

  • Green BEAN Delivery, an organic food delivery service, has expanded its territory around Louisville to include Goshen in Oldham County, Mt. Washington in Bullitt County and Georgetown in Floyd County. Read my review of Green BEAN here. (Business First of Louisville)

Openings

Time to stock up on $2 wine – Trader Joe’s is officially coming to Louisville

It’s official. Trader Joe’s is coming to Louisville this year.

Business First of Louisville and the Courier-Journal reported Thursday that the grocery store chain will make a home in St. Matthews in the Shelbyville Road Plaza.

Now, excuse me while I do my happy dance:

Why am I so excited? I was exposed to the wonder that is Trader Joe’s during my time in D.C. and on mini road trips to Cincinnati. Here are some things I like about this retailer:

  1. The store stocks great tasting food that includes lots of organic options.
  2. The prices are SUPER reasonable.
  3. There is a wide variety of cheap wines, including the famous $2 Charles Shaw, aka “Two Buck Chuck” (I’m not too crazy about Chuck, but lots of folks are).
It seems like a lot of people are as excited as I am that Trader Joe’s is making a home in Louisville. What part of this chain’s offerings are you the most excited about?

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New moms aren't eating right, so says the experts. Photo courtesy of flequi via Flickr.
  • New mothers let their health slip after the baby arrives because of lack of exercise and unhealthy eating, according to a study published in Pediatrics journal. It took a group of researchers to tell us that new moms are too busy to eat right and exercise. I’m not a mom, but I will give a “Well, DUH” in sisterly solidarity. (CNN)
  • Please check out these pictures from the World Grits Festival. They made my day. (Best Week Ever)
  • Here’s a list of 50 great food-related accounts to follow on Twitter. One day, I’ll make the list. One day. *shakes fist with determination (The Kitchn)
  • Good news — Slow Food International is considering Louisville as a host city for the group’s international congress, which would be its first such event in the United States. Bad news — the group has postponed making a decision until June. (WFPL News)
  • Yum! Brands, the folks who own KFC, is lobbying the state to allow the disabled, elderly and homeless to use food stamp vouchers at the company’s restaurants. Folks are pissed at this prospect. (WFPL)
  • Oh, snap. Louisville is getting an organic produce/local food/natural grocery delivery service. And the company, Green BEAN, is going to donate to Dare to Care Food Bank. It’s my middle class dream to have something like this. (Business First of Louisville)