North End Cafe - Highlands. (Courtesy Tipster)
Throughout the Great Recession, you have to hand it to Louisville’s small business entrepreneurs, especially the foodie scene, for keeping the city filled with great shops and restaurants. As 2011 comes to a close, we decided to take a look back at some of the openings and closings (and imminent openings) from neighborhoods across Louisville and the picture that takes shape vividly shows areas like the Highlands acting in the role of business incubator, to other areas like Nulu and New Albany emerging into their own. Downtown also saw quite a bit of new restaurant activity as well. To be sure, the majority of this new business is related to food and drink, and it seems the options are better than ever. The list is long, but it’s undoubtedly incomplete. Please feel free to add any other new businesses in the comments below.
It’s no wonder then that Southern Living magazine has shortlisted Louisville for the South’s tastiest town along with other culinary powers like New Orleans and Charleston. You can vote online daily (and win prizes) through the end of January to bring the title home. As of this writing, Louisville is in first place with a narrow lead over Lafayette, Louisiana.
Check out the roundup after the jump.