Rosetta is open, serving fresh local food

Rosetta opened Tuesday in the former Mia’s spot at the corner of Short and Limestone streets. Chef Brandon Owens named the restaurant for his maternal grandmother Rosetta Napier.  “She’s a classy Southern lady, and an amazing cook and I was always trailing her as a young one,” Owens said. “She’s a little fireball. She’s 81 and she can make a room light up.”
Lunch is served from 11 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and dinner service will begin Tuesday, opening at 5 p.m. Rosetta’s one-page menu will feature what’s fresh locally, or the whim of the chef.
Lunch features salads, quiche, soups, sandwiches, and desserts such as coconut cream cake and fresh berry crumb cake. The wine list includes 25 wines by the glass, which range from $8 to $18.
“We just want our guests to enjoy every experience. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, we want people to have a good time and do what we do best,” Owens said.
“We plan on being an absolutely good time for everybody. If they’re coming in for dining, or sitting at the bar for cocktails, or enjoying the patio,” he said.
The restaurant will be open for Mother’s Day brunch, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and then Sunday Suppers will be served family style, meat and three sides for one price. Before opening Rosetta, Owens was head chef at Baker’s 360. Call (859) 255-1800  or go to

New pizza place

■ There’s more to Chino’s Pizzaria than pepperoni pizza. The spot at 1060 Chinoe Road serves gourmet pizzas such as sesame tofu, seafood with garlic sauce, BBQ chicken, and beef/shrimp/chicken curry. Also on the menu are salads, wings, pasta and oven-baked sandwiches. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dine-in, carry-out, and delivery are available. Call (859) 335-0333 or (859) 335-0448.