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July 1, 2015 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
It’s fitting that a non-profit would open a kitchen incubator in the space that once held Jay’s Cafeteria. Jay’s, which was located in the Russell neighborhood of the West End, was a Louisville institution for decades, and the restaurant was a prime example of how small business can thrive and help bring attention to an often overlooked part of our city.
The non-profit organization Community Ventures will bring resources to new food-related businesses with Chef Space, a kitchen incubator that the group plans to build in the space that once belonged to Jay’s at 1812 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. The group announced the project this week. Let’s take a peek at the media release:
Chef Space … will provide commercial kitchen space and business support services for up to 50 food-related early stage businesses. The facility will also house a retail outlet and meeting spaces open to the community. Community Ventures is renovating the 13,000-square-foot site with a late October opening planned as the first phase of a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization project.
I’d never heard of a “kitchen incubator” before this announcement. According to the Chef Space website, the incubator will provide a shared, licensed commercial kitchen that early-stage catering, retail and wholesale food entrepreneurs can rent at affordable rates. Chef Space also plans to provide support services, advice and programs to help grow these businesses so they can ultimately move out of the incubator and fulfill the incubator’s goal:
We want to add to Louisville’s already vibrant local food scene by creating a community of like-minded entrepreneurs dedicated to producing top-notch products. We want to help you do better, what you do best.
Chef Space will accommodate as many as 50 food entrepreneurs at a time. Folks who are interested in participating in the program can apply here.
I’m excited to see a new venture take over the Jay’s Cafeteria. But I’m even more excited about what the budding businesspeople who participate in Chef Space will provide for the Russell neighborhood. This project can’t do anything but help the area and our entire city.
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January 30, 2014 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Dressing for this winter weather makes me as miserable as the little squirt from “A Christmas Story.”
There are tights, socks, pants (preferably corduroy). A tank top, a long-sleeved blouse, a cardigan. Boots, down-feather coat, hat, scarf. Maybe another scarf for good measure. I look like a stuffed sausage by the time I’m fully clothed.
This routine makes me hesitate to venture outside, even to go out to eat. There are new restaurants I still haven’t tried (looking at you, El Camino) and favorite restaurants that I’ve missed (oh, Mussels & Burger Bar, I’ll be back as soon as I thaw) all because the cold brings out my inner curmudgeon.
God bless delivery people.
These folks take it to the streets to deliver the goods to weather wusses like me. I have a genuine admiration for the work they do to bring home a paycheck.
If you hate the cold like me, here are some places to consider for your next night in:
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March 11, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
- 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)
- Horse meat has been found in British Taco Bell restaurants. Taco Bell, which is owned by Louisville-based Yum Brands, pulled beef products from its British restaurants and issued an apology. (Business First of Louisville)
- 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)
- Travel publications love Louisville right now. Zagat named Louisville one of “7 Up and Coming Food Cities Around the U.S.,” and featured coffee shop Sunergos in “The United States of Caffeine: 50 States, 50 Must-Try Coffee Shops.” And Fodor’s ran a story by fellow Louisville food writer Dana McMahan that outlines “5 Reasons to Visit Louisville Now.”
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February 4, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
- John E’s Restaurant and Lounge closed abruptly last week. (WHAS 11)
- “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)
- Dragon King’s Daughter, a sushi fusion restaurant on Bardstown Road, will open a new location in New Albany. DKD New Albany will be open for lunch Feb. 6. (DKD Facebook)
- If you’re ever in Bentonville, Ark., stop by The Hive. It’s the new restaurant in that city’s 21c Museum Hotel outpost. (The Hive website)
- Remember how the folks from Hammerheads were going to open a restaurant called Grind House? It will now be called Game. I like it. (Consuming Louisville)
January 28, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Taco Punk’s Kickstarter campaign has left a bad taste in the mouths of local foodies.
The local Mexican restaurant announced last week on the crowd-sourcing website Kickstarter that it’s trying to raise $20,000 to expand operations (I wrote a story about it for WFPL.org that you can read here).
The criticism of owner/chef Gabe Sowder for turning to Kickstarter has been pretty thick on social media. After Sowder sent an email to supporters announcing his Kickstarter plans, food blog Eater Louisville wrote a pretty scathing assessment in the post, “Taco Punk’d: NuLu Restaurant Asks for Donations So It Can Keep Selling $10 Taco Platters.” In a point/counterpoint feature on WFPL.org, Kentucky Public Radio intern Rae Hodge (she wrote that Taco Punk review everyone was talking about a while back) said:
… when a third-rate taco baron, selling $10 papier-mâché tortillas, starts passing the collection plate while preaching the “Keep Louisville Weird” sermon and serving bad beer, you better believe I take umbrage, particularly when their initial business plan relied on windfall income from unlucky tourists.
So why are we so mad at Sowder?
Are we big believers in the ups and downs of capitalism? Should we just let the market rather than fundraising determine the fate of a private business?
Or is this a bigger issue? Are we a little more harsh toward private enterprises asking for public money in the wake of big government bailouts?
Or do we just not like the food at Taco Punk?
November 6, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
A group of Louisville restaurants and bars will serve up cocktails this week to benefit victim of Hurricane Sandy.
A line-up of establishments will serve their version of the Hurricane cocktail during the Hurricanes for the Hurricane fundraiser. Proceeds from the drinks will go toward service industry workers in New York City who were impacted by last week’s hurricane.
Hurricanes for the Hurricane fundraiser begins tonight, Nov. 6, at Decca. Here is the full roster of participants:
- Tuesday, Nov. 6: Decca
- Wednesday, Nov. 7: The Silver Dollar
- Thursday, Nov. 8: St. Charles Exchange
- Friday, Nov. 9: Molly Malone’s (St. Matthews)
- Saturday, Nov. 10: Meat and Big Bar
- Sunday, Nov. 11: Rye on Market
Visit Hurricanes for the Hurricane’s Facebook page for more information.
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November 2, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
A pretty cool studio has popped up in the East Market District for serious food bloggers and recipe creators.
Studio NuLu is a 3,600 square foot photography and video production facility. Need to shoot a commercial or take some fancy food photos? Studio NuLu can accommodate you — there’s a full kitchen designed by food stylists.
The folks at Current360, an advertising, marketing and digital agency, created the space. I got to ask Rick Schardein, the president of Current360, some questions about Studio NuLu.
Tell me about why you decided to open this studio.
Current360 handles a number of restaurant clients, as well as a national wine brand. The need for photography in general, and food photography in particular, were a consistent need for these (and other) clients. By having access to our own studio, we can better control the photography projects we undertake on behalf of our clients.Who do you think will use this space?
Whether it’s for food or general photography, quality studio space in this region is in constant demand. The studio has hosted shoots for several national brands handled by other agencies and directly by photographers.
Here is some info about renting the space. If you just want to take a peek inside, Studio NuLu is having an open house next week.
Studio NuLu Open House
When: 5-8 p.m., Nov. 8
Where: 1320 E. Washington Street, Louisville, Ky.
Cost: Free; event includes hors d’oeuvres and professional head shots
RSVP: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
January 5, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Working in coffee shops around Louisville was the best thing about being unemployed. You recall seeing black woman, black frame …
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December 2, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
Here’s a quickie post to get your Friday going. Subway is offering $2 six-inch sandwiches through December for Customer Appreciation …