Chipotle Mexican Grill scheduled to open today in downtown Louisville

Chipotle in Chinatown - Washington, DC.
Chipotle in Chinatown – Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The time has come, friends. Chipotle Mexican Grill, a fast-casual Mexican restaurant, will open its first Louisville location today, March 13, according to WHAS 11.

Chipotle is located at 315 S. Fourth Street, and it will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The restaurant faces Qdoba Mexican Grill, a similar restaurant concept with its own legion of fans. Bazo’s Fresh Mexican Grill, a local eatery, is right down the street, too, so the battle for Mexican food supremacy could get interesting.

If any of you plan to hit Chipotle for lunch or dinner, let us know what you think in the comments.

Bits and Pieces: Heine Brothers’ Coffee, Quills and other Louisville food news from the web, 11.19.12




  • The new Heine Brothers’ Coffee location at 4305 Shelbyville Road will have its grand opening Nov. 28, but the store will be serving medium cups of coffee for $1 beginning at 5:30 a.m. on Black Friday. (Heine Brothers’ website)



  • Mozzaria at Fourth Street Live will become Quattro in December. (Insider Louisville)
  • Customers can now buy Quills Coffee online on the shop’s website. If you buy whole beans before noon today, you can get 20 percent off your order when you enter promotion code “Launch” at checkout. (Quills Coffee’s website)

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)


Food trucks, Fourth Street Live and Trader Joe’s making headlines in Louisville

I’ve been running around town like a chicken with its head cut off these past few days. Meanwhile, food news has been breaking all across Louisville. 

  • Some changes to city ordinances pertaining to food trucks went into effect Oct. 14. But vendors, such as Lil Cheezers Gourmet Grilled Cheesemobile, say these changes could hurt their businesses, according to a story from WLKY. Read a press release from metro government explaining the reasoning behind the changes here. There’s also some great conversation about the topic happening in the comments section at Consuming Louisville.
  • An upscale restaurant and bar is going to fill part of the space left by Borders at Fourth Street Live, according to the Courier-Journal. But in response to an Ashlee Eats poll, readers of this blog wanted another retail store or a grocery story to replace the bankrupt bookstore.
  • The dream of Louisville foodies will come true next week when Trader Joe’s opens on Oct. 28. I’ll be there when the doors open (8 a.m.) to do some live tweeting under the hashtag #traderjoeslou. Who’s with me?

Borders is closing in downtown Louisville. Should some food-friendly businesses move in?

Mega-bookseller Borders has filed for bankruptcy, and the company will close 200 stores across the country. Two of the victims are the Borders stores on Hurstborne Parkway and Fourth Street in Louisville.

I’m especially sad to see the Fourth Street location go. It was a great place to grab a cup of coffee and chill with a good book in the heart of town.

Borders’ closing in downtown Louisville at Fourth Street Live could leave an epic gap. From the Courier-Journal:

Losing the two-story, Fourth Street Borders location opens a gaping hole downtown, affecting the quality of life for office workers, tourists and convention goers, said Chris Poynter, spokesman for Metro Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer.

Why am I talking about a bookstore on a food blog?

This could be a chance for some local businesses to step up their game in the downtown area. And if I had my way, I’d love to add some kind of food establishment, be it a restaurant, coffee shop or grocery store. For example, take a peek at what’s happening in the D.C. area. Grocery stores have become social hot spots.

But what do you think? Should a food-oriented business (or businesses – it’s a big space) replace the Borders on Fourth Street. Let’s take a vote. You can pick more than one option.