Sunday, December 30, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
This Tuesday December 11 is the first in a series of panel discussion events organized by Business Lexington . This first one, Romance or Ruin , will have a great group of panelist and will focus on issues to consider when entering the restaurant business . As of yesterday the event is sold out !
Posted by Mark Sievers at 6:56 AM
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Here is a partial list of Lexington restaurants and bars that were popular in the 60's and 70's but are no longer open :
The Little Inn
Cliff Hagan’s Steakhouse
Bombay Bicycle Club
The Campus Corner
The original Long John Silver’s
Cork and Cleaver
Gabby’s Gourmet Grill
The Red Lion
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Check out their website .............takes country stores to a new level :
Posted by Mark Sievers at 4:29 PM
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
A second Josie's will soon be opening up at the old Murray's location on Harrodsburg Road ( Highway 68 ) . Owner Bobby Murray projects an early November opening .
Posted by Mark Sievers at 12:48 AM
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
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Monday, July 9, 2012
Sunday, July 1, 2012
More on this coming !
Posted by Mark Sievers at 5:03 PM
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Friday, May 4, 2012
Sunday, April 29, 2012
One of the more interesting foodservice developments in recent years is the emergence of “food trucks” as a new food purchase option for consumers . A food truck ( or mobile food vehicle ) is essentially a mobile kitchen that usually has a product theme and serves a specific product line . These “trucks” have been built , engineered and/or remodeled to have full kitchen capability to produce their product.
Like many cities around the US , Lexington is in the throes of figuring out the best way to adapt to this trend in a common sense community , consumer and business friendly fashion. Before delving into this I think its useful to review some information about food trucks .
1. One of the best known and respected restaurant research and analysis organizations is Technomic ( www.technomic.com ) . In 2011 they produced a study that indicated that food trucks are a trend with staying power and not a fad . Furthermore , its a trend with a lot of potential growth potential .
2. Social media is an important element of food truck success . Food trucks are mobile and social media is a convenient way to not only keep up with where they will be , it is also way for the consumer to “connect” with the business. Additionally, for a business with no permanent address or location , Twitter or other social media gives it a sense of place or permanence.
3. Food trucks are a lower capital investment cost way to get into the food business which is always important but more so in a down economy .. Additionally, because they are mobile there is also no “location risk” . A game changing business model .
4. The lower investment threshold can make it easier to get into the food business which reduces a barrier to entry for food innovators . This makes the food truck business environment an important element in a regional culture of food innovation which feeds into other elements of a creative city . They are becoming symbols of innovation .
5. Closely related to the social media factor is the emergence of mobile apps to assist people in finding food trucks . Examples include Food Truck Fiesta, Road Stoves GPS and Roaming Hunger .
6. The social media and mobile communication aspect helps explain why food trucks are so popular with the millennial generation ( or post Gen X ) which is 50 million strong and the largest generation in the history of the United State . They are mobile oriented and attracted to unusual and unconventional communication .
7. Established restaurants can use food trucks to extend their brand in their region and/or test the acceptance of their brand in other markets .
Lexington, probably due to market size , has lagged behind Louisville in the food truck arena . However, much has happened in the last year revealing that there are real issues that must be addressed to make the business environment friendly to food trucks but in a way that is fair with other “stakeholders” in the discussion. Additionally, there is the related issue of “food carts” which are smaller, not vehicular, and can locate on sidewalks .
Posted by Mark Sievers at 5:45 PM
Sunday, April 22, 2012
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Friday, March 30, 2012
Here is a link to an article about Akers Angus Beef in Garrard County, KY
Posted by Mark Sievers at 7:28 AM
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Food trucks are a hot business model and growing across the United States and Lexington has a few and more in the works . One organization that has formed recently to support this movement is the
Bluegrass Food Truck Association .
They also have a Facebook page and are on Twitter bgfoodtrucks
Posted by Mark Sievers at 8:25 AM
Sunday, February 5, 2012
An exciting new restaurant will be opening soon in Lexington, KY . Cole's 735 Main will be an upscale casual restaurant and located in the old Onizim's location at 735 E. Main Street. The opening is scheduled for around March 1 . More details to follow .