Continuing with our series on new restaurants opening in Louisville, we bring news of five new businesses in the Louisville region, all opening or reopening in the hottest restaurant spots in Louisville: the Highlands, Nulu, and New Albany (yeah, NA is a veritable development hotspot nowadays). Check out previous installments here and here.
- Cafe Mimosa and The Eggroll Machine. Nearly nine months after a devastating fire, Cafe Mimosa and the Eggroll Machine have reopened in the old Lentini’s Restaurant building last occupied by Jarfi’s Bistro at 1543 Bardstown Road. Everyone jumped on this one, so you can tell it’s a local favorite. [Read more: Official Site, Consuming Lou, V-V Eats, My Loueyville, Mojo, WHAS11 ]
- PotStickers. Edward Lee, co-owner of upscale restaurant 610 Magnolia, has opened a new “upscale fast-food” concept at 938 Baxter Avenue. The restaurant opened Tuesday and serves sandwiches and noodles with a variety of sauces and toppings. Inside, salvaged materials and furniture provide for ‘green’ design elements. [Read more: C-J, Mojo]
- La Bodega. Another fire victim, the popular tapas bar at 1606 Bardstown Road has emerged larger than before with new Spanish decor including an imported wooden bar. A grand-reopening is being held for the entire month of October. Neighboring De la Torre’s had reopened some time ago. [Read more: Official Site, Louisville.com, V-V Eats ]
- Crush on Market. Located in the old Hausman building on the corner of East Market and Campbell Streets, entrepreneur Mike Schnell plans to open a wine bar, restaurant, art gallery, and wine shop. The art gallery on the second floor will open onto a landscaped roof above the wine shop, dubbed Cask 55. Plans call for a Spring 2010 opening. [Read more: Ville-Voice ]
- Wick’s Pizza. The new location of the popular pizzeria should be opening imminently after its alcohol license was approved Tuesday. Already, a new neon sign has been hoisted and mounted to the facade of its New Albany home on 225 State Street. Inside, a bar was made of salvaged brick and timbers found in the building’s basement. [Read more: Official Site, NA Confidential ]
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The Crush on Market plan is exciting (well, so are the others, but I didn’t know about this one). One thing I’ve been thinking about is how the various corridors are going to develop – and merge – over the next few years… assuming the economy lifts up again. Main Street, post-Arena completion, is a sure bet to move all the way to Slugger Field. Let’s hope the Iron Quarter and its integrity are saved. Beyond that… hmmmm. Then if you jump over to Market, assuming the ‘Olmstead median park’ happens, things will be very cool in NuLu from Hancock to Home of the Innocents (with a few odd spots). Market from Hancock west to downtown needs attention. Matthew at DCE can’t do it all. What does this Market and Main area need to make a 24 hour city happen?
As the city grows, inevitably these corridors will expand and begin to overlap, but I think it’s also important to encourage non-linear growth across the grid. A street like Bardstown Road or Frankfort Avenue that grew originally from a linear toll road will likely keep that general form, but in an urban area like Nulu or Downtown, expansion onto side streets leading to other main streets should be encouraged. One long commercial street flanked by residential won’t work.
That said, I think there’s great potential for the Nucleus biomedical research development on the old Haymarket site to help bridge Nulu, Downtown, and the Medical District. It’s my hope that the project is conceived as a part of the urban fabric as opposed to a stand-alone research campus. It should actively engage the street and help to push activity through to all areas around it, especially considering the delicate urban fabric that surrounds it (namely I65 and its large offramp between Jefferson and Liberty).
I agree, the Crush on Market is an exciting project, especially how it will join Cake Flour on the far eastern stretch of Market Street and expand the boundaries of the area.
You forgot to mention Theater Square Marketplace, on 4th Street in the old Kentucky Theater building.
Joel, thanks for pointing out that the Theater Square Marketplace recently opened. The various shops it offers will really help out residents, workers, and visitors Downtown. Here’s the link to the story I wrote about it when it was under construction.