Bits and Pieces: Comfy Cow, Havana Rumba and other Louisville food news for the web, 2.25.13


  • 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)


  • 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)

Need a place to take pictures of food? Try Studio NuLu

Inside Studio NuLu. Photo courtesy of Studio NuLu.

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.

A shot of Studio Nulu. Courtesy of Current360.

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

Bits and Pieces: Peyton Manning, Jamba Juice and other Louisville food news from the web, 10.29.12





  • Jamba Juice, a national smoothie chain, has opened a location at 320 S. Fourth Street in Louisville, just down the block from Fourth Street Live. (Jamba Juice Kentucky Facebook page)


Garage Bar opens tonight in NuLu on East Market Street, features pizza, ham bar

The chef behind Proof on Main in the swanky 21c Museum Hotel will debut a new restaurant in NuLu at 5 p.m. today.

Chef Michael Paley has transformed a former auto service garage at 700 East Market Street into Garage Bar, a casual restaurant with a menu featuring artisan pizza, ham, oysters and a variety of Southern food.

Here’s a blurb about the restaurant’s pizza selections:

Pizza is the heart of the menu. Each pie is 100 percent handmade, naturally leavened, and cooked in a wood-fired brick oven that was built in Naples, Italy by Stefano Ferrara. Pizzas are baked quickly at 850 degrees to produce a thin, chewy crust that is lightly blistered and crisp on the outside.

I love pizza, but there is something more intriguing in the restaurant’s repertoire — A HAM BAR.

The rest of the menu is anchored by the ham bar, which serves up local and regional Country Hams served with Toast and Red Eye Aioli alongside an ever-changing selection of freshly shucked oysters. The ham bar seats seven diners and offers full menu service with a view of the open kitchen and pizza oven.