An Italian restaurant just might be what’s needed at the former Coach House location at 855 South Broadway. Several restaurateurs have tried to emulate the success of Stanley Demos by copying his Coach House style and menu, but Matilde Arbea is taking a different approach. She and chef Ernesto Luno have turned the spot into Casanova Fine Italian Dining. The restaurant opened Sunday.
Luno has worked in several five-star restaurants in places such as Switzerland, Mexico and Italy. His specialties include filet mignon with white porcini sauce and rosemary mashed potatoes; penne tossed with porcini mushrooms and a champagne cream sauce; the Casanova salad, which features arugula, pears, gorgonzola and walnuts tossed in a homemade cane emulsion; and for dessert, homemade tiramisu. Casanova’s hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 258-9939.
Grab a meal and go
Do you sometimes wish you could get Merrick Inn’s meatloaf or Murray’s chicken chardonnay without making dinner reservations? The owners of the restaurants, Jennifer and Bobby Murray and Libby Murray, have opened a gourmet carry-out store for people who want great food in a hurry. Josie’s Grab & Go, 821 Chevy Chase Place, offers a salad bar, freshly made soups, prime steak and fresh seafood, along with chef-served meatloaf, lasagna, macaroni and cheese, chicken pot pie and grilled vegetables. If you’re really in a hurry, you can grab individually packed servings, bread, cookies and drinks. Mandi Epperson is the manager, and Cannon Applegate is the kitchen manager. Josie’s is in the former Jack and Maddy’s location, next to Best of Flowers. Call (859) 523-8328. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
Julep Cup reopens
The Julep Cup and Seahorse Lounge has reopened after water damage from a fire at The Woodlands closed the restaurant for 13 days. The Julep Cup, which Weekender reviewed last Friday, is at 111 Woodland Avenue. Call (859) 226-0300.
An anniversary buffet
Winchell’s Restaurant will celebrate its fifth anniversary Sunday with a barbecue buffet. Included are pork, chicken, mini hot dogs, mini hamburgers and salads. The cost is $9.99 for the buffet, which will be served from 3 to 9 p.m. Winchell’s is at 348 Southland Drive. Call (859) 278-9424 or go to www.winchellsrestaurant.com.
Under the influence of France
On Thursday, Livia Theodoli-Wing will prepare a country French dinner at Wingspan Gallery. The menu includes puff pastry shell with cream mushrooms; sherry endive with apples, blue cheese and toasted walnuts; coq au vin; and, for dessert, île flottante, a meringue on custard sauce also called “floating island.” Wingspan is at 191 Jefferson Street. Call (859) 225-5765 or go to www.wingspangallery.com.
Right up to St. Patrick’s Day
Stonefence Bistro,730 Main Street in Paris, is serving Irish specials Tuesday through St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. The menu features Guinness-battered cod and chips, shepherd’s pie, potato and leek soup, honey-glazed salmon with crispy leeks, and herb-crusted lamb shoulder. The band Liam’s Fancy will entertain at 6:30 p.m. March 16. Call (859) 402-2009.
Guests at the grill
Lexington Dream Factory board members Darrell Ishmael and Jim Richardson will be guest grillers from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at bd’s Mongolian Grill, 2309 Sir Barton Way. A portion of the proceeds from meals they cook will go to the charity. At bd’s, guests choose their own stir-fry ingredients for the grillers to cook. Call Angela Carlos at (859) 254-9474 or go to www.LexingtonDreamFactory.org.
Put a fork in it
The annual Oleika Legion of Honor spaghetti dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children. Proceeds go to the veterans’ organization of the Shriners. The event will be at Oleika Shrine Temple, 326 Southland Drive.
Catch it while you can
Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant is having a coastal celebration. Seafood entrees, starting at $10.99, will be offered for a limited time. Included are angel hair pasta with sautéed shrimp; tilapia filet sautéed and topped with shrimp and scallops in a lemon wine sauce; crepes stuffed with crab Imperial and covered with shrimp, scallops, zucchini, mushrooms, corn and roasted red peppers in a creamy lobster sauce; and beer-battered shrimp. Abuelo’s is at 3395 Nicholasville Road, at Fayette Mall. Call (859) 971-0922 or go to www.abuelos.com.
Quirk hires new top chef
Dave Overton is the new executive chef at Quirk Café in Midway. Overton, a Sullivan Culinary Arts graduate, specializes in international fusion dishes such as miso-braised short ribs and arepas (cornmeal cakes) with halibut and shrimp seviche. The café is at 131 East Main Street. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Quirk will open for dinner in mid-April. Call (859) 846-4688.