Ace Eats Out: Lexington Restaurant News March 2018

Ace Eats Out: Lexington Restaurant News March 2018


Lexington chefpreneur Cole Arimes (Cole’s on Main) is taking over the space formerly occupied by National Provisions in the warehouse neighborhood at Walton and National for a new concept, which will be called Epping’s (a nod to the building’s soda pop history).

The former home to Enoteca has been leased by Cesar Rodriguez, who plans to open El Espolon Mexican Restaurant. The restaurant plans to offer upscale Tex-Mex and feature a full bar.

Marikka’s on Southland has been rebuilt and is now open. Lexington’s only German restaurant and Bier Stube now features six sand volleyball courts, three indoor and three outside, and an even bigger beer garden.

Martine’s Pastries is moving on up, to the East End. Owners Martine and Jim Holzman plan to move their establishment to the historic structure, and will host a grand opening later this Spring.

Keith Clark is opening The Ruddy Duck in the former Cheapside location.

Tandoor plans to open Tandoor Express at the former Uncle Maddio’s pizza location at the corner of Euclid and Marquis. The Express will feature an express buffet served cafeteria style.  

The New Orleans-inspired Tchoupitoulas has closed on Leestown.

TGI Fridays at Fayette Mall Plaza has permanently closed.

Photo courtesy of Bravo Media/Tommy Garcia

Bravo’s Top Chef is set to film Season 16 in Kentucky. The hit series will begin filming this Spring in the bluegrass state, including stops in Lexington, Louisville, and Lake Cumberland. Kentucky traditions of bourbon, barbecue, and unique Southern cuisines is bound to make Season 16 the tastiest one yet.



The Beef and Brews dinner is a four course Kentucky-sourced beef dinner paired with Country Boy beer. Dinner prepared by Hayden’s Stockyard Eatery. Beef by Wolfe County’s JSW Farm The Chop Shop. Beer and ciders by Country Boy Brewing. Hosted at Bluegrass Regional Marketplace. 6:30 pm. Reservations via Eventbrite.


The Casual Pint celebrates their one-year anniversary on March 2 at 5 pm. Chris Sullivan will play.

Failte Irish Shop hosts their first annual Irish Soup Cookoff at 6:30 pm. As a wise man once said “only the pure in heart can make a good soup.” The winner will go home with the coveted cook-off trophy and bragging rights for the year.

NEAT: The Story of Bourbon 7:30 pm will premiere at the Grand Theatre (Frankfort).  NEAT is a feature-length documentary that dives into the rich and storied world of bourbon. Bourbon is a lesson in time: how to spend it, who to spend it with, and how to savor the moment.


A Japanese-inspired CHEW Brunch Series will be at 11 am on March 4 at Limestone Hall.


West Main and Tuk Tuk Sri Lankan Bites are presenting a Sri Lankan cocktail pairing dinner on March 8 at 5 pm. West Main is pairing Sri Lankan dishes with cocktails for a unique opportunity to dine and drink like never before. West Main’s regular food menu will not be available on this night.


Oscar Diggs

Join chef Bruce Ucan, of Louisville’s Mayan Café, as he takes over the Trustees’ Table with a celebration of the flavors and techniques of Mayan cooking. 6:30 pm Shaker Village.

Oscar Diggs pays homage the town of ‘Springfield’ and the cast of The Simpsons with a special food menu and cocktails.


Come try four different Girl Scout cookie and cider pairings at Pivot Brewing (three separate seatings). There will be extra boxes of cookies to purchase from Troop 7344 so you can make your favorite pairing at home.


FEAST – Food Equity & Access Sustains Tomorrow – celebrates nationally acclaimed female chefs and delicious food and drink while supporting Lexington’s own female-powered food organization, FoodChain. The event will spotlight 8 female chefs from around the country, and their dishes, on March 13 at 6:30 pm at the Apiary.


Slainte Public House in Georgetown, KY honors St. Patrick’s Day with Kegs & Eggs, a full Irish breakfast. Seatings are at 9, 10, and 11 am.


West Sixth Brewing celebrates their 6th anniversary on March 31.

This article can also be found on page 10 in the March 1, 2018 print edition of Ace. 

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