Thursday, July 31, 2008

Lock and Key Coffee Shop in Georgetown, KY

For a nice coffee shop experience in Georgetown , KY check out the Lock and Key Coffee Shop which also has a botique, henna body art services , and free WiFi .

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Kentucky Bourbon Festival

This fall ( September 16-21, 2008 ) in Bardstown, KY is the Kentucky Bourbon Festival . Visit their website for details .

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Chaney's Dairy Barn - Excellence in Agri-Toursim

If you are in the Bowling Green area check out Chaney's Dairy Barn for fun , food and a shining example of Kentucky agri-toursim .

Straight Bourbon

For all things bourbon try visiting this resource website . It is packed with information , forums ,etc .

Friday, July 25, 2008

Article on Wild Side Winery in Business Lexington

Here is a link to recent article I wrote for Business Lexington on Wildside Vines :

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Doodles opening projection

According to one of the owners of Doodles, the new breakfast and lunch place under construction at the corner of North Limestone and Third Street , they will open in late September .

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Willies Sports Cafe

The Northern Kentucky and greater Cincinnati market is home to some great concepts. One is the Willies Sports Cafe with six stores in three states .

Worlds Best Bars

If you want a resource for great bars around the world check out .

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Mahdeen's BBQ

If you are the Louisville area there are several places you can by some great BBQ products by
Mahdeen's BBQ . They have sauces , rubs and a hilarious
t-shirt .

Monday, July 21, 2008

What is the food haps in Louisville - Robin Garr's Louisville Restaurant Guide

Well then ...........check out

Who we are
Welcome to Robin Garr’s Louisville Restaurant Guide,, the city’s top spot for comprehensive, accurate and unbiased reviews of Louisville restaurants, food and drink, and its most vibrant interactive community of food-and-dining enthusiasts, consumers and food-industry professionals.
You may remember me as the restaurant (and wine) critic at the late, lamented Louisville Times and then The Courier-Journal for most of the 1980s, before Gannett’s purchase of the Louisville newspapers prompted me to bail out of daily journalism and move to New York City in 1990.
When we returned home in 1994, when the Web was new, I decided to start the Louisville Restaurant Guide at Iglou’s invitation because the newspaper had deteriorated badly under Gannett’s management, and its restaurant coverage had become embarrassingly poor. This left a niche wide open for objective, competent restaurant criticism, and with the encouragement of many friends and local “foodies,” I was delighted to fill it. Working entirely at my own expense and continuing the strict rules against conflicts of interest that the Bingham family required when it owned the local newspapers, I launched this site during the summer of 1994.
It has grown over the years, as the Web has grown, both in the content and scope of my submissions and the evolution of the Louisville Restaurants Forum community. We use Web technology to integrate our original content and our busy interactive community; we’re in the process of incorporating videos and, perhaps soon, audio podcasting. But one fundamental premise will never change: I pay my own way, accept no “freebies,” and base all my reports on unannounced visits to ensure that I don’t get special treatment.
In other background, I also serve as Editor in Chief of our sister print publication, Food & Dining Magazine Louisville Edition, provide restaurant, food and drink content for LEO and The Voice-Tribune, and have written widely about food and wine for national publications. I’m host of, the oldest, largest and most awarded wine-appreciation Website, where I host the WineLovers Discussion Group forums and publish the popular wine E-letters, The 30 Second Wine Advisor and the Wine Advisor FoodLetter. I was a manager of the CompuServe Information Service’s Wine Forum from 1985-1997 and from 2005 to the present, served as host of the Classical Connoisseur program on National Public Radio’s Radio Catskill from 1990-1993, and have judged wine in international competitions and at home in Louisville, where I was one of the founding judges of the Kentucky State Fair wine competition.
Let’s be frank: We offer you not only the best but also the most restaurant coverage in our town and serve the city’s largest audience of resident “foodies,” with monthly circulation in the hundreds of thousands of readers, far exceeding the competition in quality and scope. I count on you to help us build this lead by visiting us often, keeping us informed … and by telling your friends about
I welcome your suggestions and comments, tips about local restaurant news and recommendations about places I should try. If you would like to get in touch, feel free to post a comment or question or, if you prefer, send me E-mail at I will reply promptly to all questions or comments.Posted Wednesday, September 28th, 2005.

Rumor has it that

The following concepts are on the way to Kentucky :



- Already in Louisville they are eyeing expansion in KY .

- at the old Ruby Tuesdays at Lexington Green

My " Sievers Wireless Bamboo " communication system knows of others but this is all for now.


Ok..........this is off the food business beaten path but has some interesting business and other information .

A blog devoted to great books, Appalachian life, Kentucky politics, rural virtues and an effort to make sense of the flat world from the not so flat mountains of Appalachian, Eastern Kentucky. Check it out

Lightfoots in Newport, KY

If you are in Newport, Ky near the Newport on the Levee area check out Lightfoots Restaurant for an great independent restaurant experience .

Another food business resource

Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute Blog
As the global economy changes rural communities are being hit hard. But as old opportunities are lost, new ones can be gained. The key to these opportunities is ENTREPRENEURSHIP; folks taking charge of their lives and starting businesses locally that will guarantee financial success. This blog is dedicated to that premise and is maintained by rural KY entrepreneurs, service providers and graduates of the UK Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute. Its goal is to promote entrepreneurship. Learn about it at

Kentucky Bourbon Trail

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail connects the nation's bourbon distilleries and are places where you can see the art of bourbon making being practiced much as it was 200 years ago . For information visit .

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Kentucky Restaurant Association Events

The Kentucky Restaurant Association has several noteworthy event across the state in the coming months .

Friday, July 18, 2008

Kentucky Starbucks Closings

Starbucks released the list of their stores closings and it included some in Kentucky . These stores included the Upper and Euclid store in Lexington , Paris, Danville , Somerset and a few in Louisville .

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Baxter's Coffee and Tea in Somerset , KY

If you are in the Somereset , KY area and want to stop for coffee , tea or Wi-Fi access ....check out . Multiple locations , great products and service !!!

The Restaurant Guys on 630 WLAP

For a great entertaining show on local restaurant and food goings on catch the Restaurant Guys on Saturday mornings at 8:00 am on 630 WLAP .

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Bayou Bluegrass Catering

Bayou Bluegrass Catering is a Lexington, Kentucky-based catering service offering a wide variety of ethnic cuisine selections such as Cajun, Southern, Italian, Asian and, of course, our spectacular Barbecue.

Fast Casual Executive Summit

Fast Casual is hosting a Fast Casual Executive Summit in Denver this September . Check out their website for details and other news in this important foodservice segment . Fast Casual is a division of Louisville based .

Monday, July 14, 2008

Kentucky Small Business Development Center

The Kentucky Small Business Development Center is a great resource for current and prospective small business owners . They have a great staff and are eager to work with clients in need of this valuable expertise .

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Kentucky Gentleman Cigar Co.

For hand-rolled in Kentucky cigars using Bourban barrel aged tobacco check out this central Kentucky company .

A great bar in Lexington

Lexington, KY has a lot of cool places but Al's Bar at the corner of 6th and Limestone stands out in many ways .

Check out their website

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Long John Silvers's reopening at Tates Creek Centre in Lexington

The Long John Silver's at Tates Creek Centre in Lexington, Ky is going to reopen after a full "scrape and rebuild " . Long John Silver's is a divsion of YUM! Brands .

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Dream Dinners in Lexington

Due to personal reasons, the owners of the Dream Dinners franchise in Lexington have decided to sell their business. The location is in a great little shopping area on Todds Road and they are being represented by .

Monday, July 7, 2008

Highly Interesting Book On The Food Industry

I just started reading The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan and this a very interesting book on a whole range of issues with our consumer habits and the food industry. It is a winner of the James Beard Award .

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Wildside Winery & Vineyard - Versailles , KY

There is a great relatively new arrival on the Bluegrass vineyard scene with Wildside Winery and Vineyard . I sampled some of their product today at Lexington's Farmer's Market . They have excellent products and a nice variety . Check out their website and visit their location near Versailles .

Friday, July 4, 2008

The Rosebud in downtown Lexington

Happy 4th ! The Rosebud bar will be open today and tonight for those who are downtown for holiday festivities .

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Cars powered by vegetable oil

High gas prices are fueling ( parden the pun ) innovation. Check out this link to an article on using vegetable oil to fuel vehicles .

Great Versailles Restaurant Location Available

This would be a perfect location for a neighborhood pub or some other concept. It is in a real nice shopping center with two great anchors. Serious inquiries me .

Great Resource For Food Businesses

There is a great resource for Kentucky businesses in the food supply chain that facilitates putting producers together with markets . To learn more check out
Kentucky Market Maker at .

Main and Maple in Nicholasville

Downtown Nicholasville, Ky has a welcome new addition with the arrival of the Main and Maple Coffee House . This place a great coffee, food, and free wireless connection . They also have occasional entertainment in the evening .

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Wine and Market tasting schedule change this week

The following is an update from Wine & Market and their wine tasting schedule change this week.

This week the tasting is on thursday, will be close on the 4th butreopen the sat 5th at noon.To celebrate the 4th we have a spectacular Sparkling wine from Spainat an unbelievable price of $12.95.Segura Viudas Brut Reserva, created from a blend of reserve andnon-vintage wines, is clean and delicate, yet rich in flavor.Brut Reserva is a cuvée of Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo grapesgrown in the renowned Penedès region of Spain. The wine is vinifiedaccording to méthode champenoise technique and is aged in the bottlefor up to 2 years.This fine cuvée is fairly crisp with an interesting floral note andmouth-pleasing sensation of creaminess.50% Macabeo35% Parellada15% Xarel·lo"...owned by the Cava house Friexenet, Segura Viudas regularly hitsthe tops of our charts for Cava. The Brut Reserva is the best Cava wetasted last year, regardless of price, a graceful, complex bubbly withdry apple flavors wrapped in smoke, spice and minerals."-Wines & SpiritsFor red my favorite wine Domaine de la patience Merlot Vin De Pays de Gard.Christine and Christophe Aguilard created the Domaine de la Patienceover 10 years ago. Christophe had many years of experience running acooperative before starting his own vineyard.Domaine de la Patience is over 60 hectares of vines, mostly Costièresde Nimes. They are moving towards organic agriculture, starting withplowing the vines.The Merlot vines are a small, isolated plot on a hill.Fruity, elegant table wine. Low price for a great wine, round, goodfor everyday.Kindly.Krim boughalemWINE+MARKET486 west second street Lexington, Ky 40507p 859 225 0755 c 917 340 6244 f 859 201 1040

The Bourbon Review

An interesting new publication on bourbon has been launched and you can learn about it at .

Bistro Labelle

Bistro Labelle in Midway , KY is closed this week for the July 4 holiday and will reopen next week July 9 .