NuluFest version 2.0 will be kicking off this weekend on October 2 and plans an action-packed day of “all things local.” Festivities include live music, micro-brewed beers, and food and shopping from local vendors. There are always some great booths to check out to see what’s going on in Louisville. In keeping with the local theme, there are several new local restaurants planned for East Market Street.
Here’s a rundown of what’s in store.
- Harvest Restaurant: One of the most exciting new businesses heading to East Market is Harvest Restaurant, planned by Ivor Chodkowski, Peter Kuhl, and Patrick Kuhl. Harvest was originally slated to open in a renovated building on the corner of Barret Avenue and Christy Avenue in the Original Highlands (photo below), but has recently announced a change of plans to build on East Market’s momentum. Now, the local food restaurant will set up shop in the former Mayan Gypsy space 624 East Market, most recently home to a restaurant incubator space. Food served at Harvest will be grown within 100 miles of Louisville. The group plans to rent out the two retail spaces at their Barret Avenue building and an apartment is already rented.
- Mozz Osteria-Enoteca: One of the most ambitious restaurant projects in recent memory will occupy Primo’s old space in Todd Blue’s Cobalt Marketplace at 455 East Market on the corner of Jackson Street. Â The 10,000 square foot Italian restaurant is the concept of Casa Grisanti’s Michael Cooper and chef Matthew Antonovich. Mozz, short for mozzarella, will feature a large communal table where freshly prepared mozzarella cheese will be served with other organic foods. A more formal enoteca seating 100 is behind a 5,000-bottle wine cabinet and in back, a 200-seat jazz club called the Market Street Bar is planned to offer local and national acts. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also an 80-seat piano bar called the Nulu Lounge as well. Oh, and there’s a deli that will offer lunch. Mozz is planned to open on November 1. Check out more details at Insider Louisville and the C-J.
- Cask 55 & Crush on Market: This ambitious project slated for the old Hausman building on Market & Campbell Streets was announced almost a year ago, and a parking waiver was granted earlier this year, but the project seems slow to the gate. Businessman Mike Schnell plans a wine bar, restaurant, art gallery, and wine shop in various parts of the one- and two-story complex. It was originally scheduled to open Spring 2010.
- Tilia Restaurant: Another oldie that I’m a little unsure about progress. Tilia takes the place of closed Melillo’s at the Felice Vineyards complex across the street from the Hausman Building and will offer northern Italian fare. Anyone know the latest on either of these projects?
- More? Rumors are flying about other planned projects on East Market Street. We’re working on a few tips and will bring you the full stories when enough details become available. Â In the meantime, feel free to chat about Nulu business in the comments.
So head on over to East Market Street on October 2 to check out all the activity of one of the city’s most dynamic streets and contender for title of restaurant row.