The Lunch Box has breakfast and dinner, too

The Lunch Box at 720 Henry Clay Boulevard has all three meals covered, without an ounce of boredom.

Stop by the newly renovated place at the corner of Liberty Road for an omelet and cheesy grits for breakfast, come back for a sirloin burger at noon, and invite friends to meet for ­dinner over a plate of fried chicken and mashed potatoes.

The owners are Shawn and ­Ashley Hanna, and Justin Clark is the executive chef. They have dozens of years’ experience in the kitchen, and they’re ­combining ­talents to produce a Kentucky Proud menu. Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; it’s closed Monday. Call (859) 258-9671 or go to ­


McAlister’s Deli, a fast ­casual restaurant chain based in ­Mississippi known for its spuds, sandwiches and sweet tea, is scheduled to open Monday at 836 Euclid Avenue in Chevy Chase. Go to or Facebook at

■ It looks as if Lexington will have a new barbecue restaurant in the near future. City BBQ has a sign posted on Richmond Road, just south of Man o’ War ­Boulevard, announcing its future arrival. The Web site for the Ohio-based chain says it combines regional BBQ styles: pork shoulder reminiscent of the southeastern United States, Texas-style brisket and sausage, and ribs that are a blend of ­Memphis and Kansas City styles. Go to


Nick Ryan’s Saloon, 157 ­Jefferson Street, has opened its ­patio and will have specials ­beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and Kentucky’s game. Included are a Chicago Italian beef sandwich, Pacific cod and chips, Nick’s saloon burger, and a ­specialty pizza for $9 each. A basket of rosemary-­Parmesan fries with bistro sauce is $5. The game between Kentucky and Indiana is scheduled for about 9:45 p.m. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to

Della’s Diner, 124 North Upper Street, will have its third pop-up art show and burger-inspired menu for the late-night crowd on Friday and Saturday. The works of artist Rick Rose will be featured, along with a “Bri’-bison burger.” Call (859) 281-1141.


■ The Starbucks at 325 West Main Street is changing its hours on weeknights. The store at ­Triangle Center will close at 6 p.m. unless there is a downtown event. The hours will remain the same on Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 977-0525.

The Merc, at Modern ­Mercantile, 3101 Clays Mill Road, is asking the ­community for help and raising money with the Merc Wall of Fame. “Rather than ­counting our losses and ­disappearing like many ­establishments do, we decided to make a plea to our faithful ­followers,” co-owner Athena ­Bradley said. Names of donors will be posted on the stage wall. Call (859) 223-0471 or go to ­­

Early deadline

I will be off the week of April 2 and will not have a dining ­column April 6. If your restaurant is­having a special Easter menu, email ­information to by noon Tuesday to be included in the March 30 ­edition of my Weekender column.