Eat September: Lexington food and restaurant news and events

Eat September: Lexington food and restaurant news and events


Eat September: Lexington food and restaurant news and events


The Limestone corridor is hopping in food news lately. Lucie will be turning on her red light at the corner of N. Lime and Loudon. Grillfish has replaced the long-loved Atomic Cafe which closed Labor Day of 2015. Minglewood has opened in the former a la lucie spot on N. Lime. On the south end of that block, The Upstart Crow is the fifth food/drink enterprise to close at the corner of Short and Limestone, pre-deceased by The Jax, Mia’s, Rosetta, and Annabelle’s.

A CRÚ Food and Wine Bar location is planned for the Summit at Fritz Farm. The Summit, at the corner of Nicholasville and Man O War, is expected to open Spring 2017.

Grillfish has opened in the former Atomic Cafe location at 265 N. Limestone on the corner of Limestone and Third Street. Miami Beach Grillfish founder Kenny Pittman has partnered on the venture with Lexington restaurateur Wayne Masterman (Portofino).

Han Cook In proprietor Lucy Seo appeared on Guy’s Grocery Games on the Food Network in August. The restaurant had a grand re-opening in August, and a slightly re-tooled concept (now self-serve).

Lucie’s Red Light (the newest venture from Lucie Slone of a la lucie) will be located at 780 North Limestone.

Mellow Mushroom has opened a second Lexington location in Lexington Green.

Trish Tungate (former owner of the Dish) and John Tresaloni (former owner of the Fishtank) have opened Minglewood in the former a la lucie’s location on Limestone.

The Press will open another location inside the Hamburg Place YMCA, which is scheduled to open this fall.

Sabio, which opened in 2012 in the former Dudley’s location in Dudley Square on Maxwell, has announced they will be open for private bookings as of September. The five-year lease on Sabio’s will expire Spring 2017.

The Upstart Crow has closed at the corner of Limestone and Short Street, a space formerly occupied by the Jax, Mia’s, Rosetta, and Annabelle’s.

RUMI’S Cafe has changed their hours from 10:00-8:00 to 10:00-6:00.


The Art Connects Fall Networking Luncheon Series will begin on Thursday, September 8 at LexArts Place at 11:30 am. Joel Pett, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Lexington Herald-Leader Cartoonist is the guest speaker for the first event of the series.

The first annual Fayette County Farm Bureau Field to Table Dinner is at the Walnut Lawn Farm in Lexington, KY on Friday, September 9 at 6:30 pm. A four course family style meal will be created and served by The Sage Rabbit and Sullivan University.

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival is Sep 12 thru Sep 18 in Bardstown.

On the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center are hosting an art theory: lunch series. The first series is on Wednesday, September 14 at 11:30 am.

Dining Out For Life is on Thursday, September 15 at 7am until 11 pm at participating Lexington restaurants.

The third Appalachian Food Summit: Grow Appalachia is September 16 thru 18th in Berea.  Evening Supper: The 2016 Appalachian Food Summit Supper will feature Chef Ouita Michel, Wayne Riley, Chef Travis Milton & Pastry Chef Ashley Capps.

The Seed to Feed Dinner Series will embrace the history of Kentucky’s food and spirits with guest chef, Jonathan Searle of Lockbox. The dinner will be held at Ward Hall in Georgetown on Friday, September 16 at 7 pm.

CHEW Dinner Series will feature a themed menu inspired by London, England cooked by Chef Jonathan Foster of The Sage Rabbit at the Livery on Wednesday, September 21 at 6 pm.


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This article also appears on page 10 of the September 2016 printed issue of Ace.

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