BY LUCY JAYES
Joseph Clay has opened Bour-bon Restaurant and Craft Cocktail Bar in Paris. The Italian-influenced restaurant specializes in using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients to create their wood-oven baked pizzas and vegetables cooked over an open-flame on an Argentinian fireplace. The bar, developed by Hawthorne Beverage Group, serves specialty cocktails created with house-made syrups. The restaurant also has an intimate stage area, complete with a film projector and stage lighting as well as an upstairs gallery space. Hours are 5-10 pm Tuesday-Saturday.
Gregg Rentfrow continues to educate while simultaneously providing quality meats from the University of Kentucky Butcher Shop. Lambs, pigs and cattle are raised on nearby farms and then processed in the classroom. These meats are then sold to the community and served in dining halls on campus. Rentfrow also teaches 4H students from multiple counties the process of curing hams, assigning each of them their own ham house to perfect this state tradition.
Krim Boughalem and Andrea Sims are at it again. The owners of Table 310 and former owners of Wine + Market have recently opened National Provisions, a German-style beer hall and restaurant that is the second-phase of the National Avenue Culinary Complex. The initial eatery, National Boulangerie, serves fresh-baked breads and pastry treats while the newest endeavor serves American meats, sausages, cheeses as well as 145 different kinds of beer to be enjoyed at one of the long tables and benches in the beer hall or in the comfort of one’s home. Hours are 7 am to 10 pm everyday.
Pita Social, newly opened in Hamburg, is serving up freshly-baked pita bread, homemade sauces, dressings and hummus and locally-grown Mediterranean-inspired fillings. Pita Social is set to add a second location in Lexington, at the Fayette Mall as well as a mobile Pita Van which will deliver fresh pita bread throughout the city. The company behind Shakespeare & Co. is leading this new pita push while also progressing toward the opening of a new Shakespeare & Co. in the Chinoe Center, in the former Rossi’s space.
After a few years of home deliveries to Lexington, Cincinnati and Louisville, The Weekly Juicery celebrated the grand opening of its second store in St. Matthews of Louisville on May 22nd. The store, which focuses on the health benefits of cold-pressed juices and raw foods, serves vegan dishes and smoothies alongside its freshly squeezed juices. The new store offers bar seating as well as weekly doorstep delivery.
Matt Bradford, of Bradford BBQ, will now helm Food Trucks For A Cause (filling the void left by former Bluegrass Food Truck Association president and secretary Sean and Amanda Tibbetts, who’ve moved to Washington). On June 13th, food trucks will return to the parking lot of the Lexington Herald Leader with proceeds benefiting the Lexington Humane Society.
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