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Goodfellas opens a mini mart for downtowners March 15


minimartAlex Coats and Eric Boggs jumped at the chance to open a new business when space opened up next door to their Goodfellas Pizzeria at 112 North Mill Street. They saw the need for a mini mart that would offer convenient store items to accommodate Lexington’s business commuters and downtown residents.

Mill Street Mini Mart is a New York City themed bodega that sells  “Mill Street Mojo,” a gourmet cup of coffee made with 100% Arabica beans, and Nathan’s World Famous Hot Dogs.   The grand opening will be March 15. Hours will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Go to

The Bridge Pizza wins grand prize at Bluegrass Pizza Bake-Off turned Cheapside Pavilion in downtown Lexington into a pizzeria for its third annual Bluegrass Pizza Bake-Off.

For this year’s competition, PizzaOvens’ director Fash Asvadi and his staff chose to move the event downtown and give consumers an opportunity to choose their favorite pizzas, with proceeds going to the Lexington Humane Society.

Final judges included myself, Lexington restaurateur Joe Bologna, and Santo Bruno of Tampa, Fla., culinary coach of the U.S. Pizza Team.  There were two judging divisions, traditional and non-traditional, and one over-all grand prize winner. The grand prize winner was The Bridge Pizza on Waller Avenue. Pizza makers Osman Cagil and  Bayram Vatansever earned a trip to Italy and an opportunity to compete with the U.S. Pizza Team. Mostafa Elhity also is a partner in The Bridge.

First place winner in the traditional category was FatKats Pizzeria in Georgetown. Goodfellas Pizzeria of Lexington and Covington, and Sal’s Pizza in Louisville. In the non-traditional category The Bridge Pizza won first place; Sal’s came in second, and third place winner was Shakespeare & Co. of Lexington. in Nicholasville specializes in new and used pizza ovens and pizza equipment.


Metropol is going out of business with a flourish

One of the Lexington’s fine-dining restaurants is closing, and two new casual spots have opened.
Metropol, 307 West Short Street, opened in 2000 and will close at the end of the year, when owner John A. Schremly retires at age 80. In honor of his ­retirement and the restaurant’s ­closing, Metropol will have a party Dec. 23. Drinks will be $1.80. Call (859) 381-9493 or go to
■ Lonnie Sheets, who has spent decades in the restaurant business, has opened his own place in Nicholasville. Good Eden Café & Pizzeria is at 109 Springdale Drive, across from ­Bellerive Shopping Center on Harrodsburg Road. The menu features New York-style pizza, sandwiches, salads, soups, burgers and smoothies. Good Eden will celebrate Christmas at 8 p.m. Saturday with live entertainment by Joe ­Letchworth. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 223-0465 or go to
M&D’s Café is open at 1414 Bryan Avenue, serving breakfast and lunch. Breakfast, served daily from 7 to 11 a.m., features pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, eggs, fried potatoes, bacon and pork chops. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through ­Saturday. Hours on Monday are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (859) 554-5791.

New Year’s Eve celebrations

Holly Hill Inn, 426 North ­Winter Street in Midway, will serve a seven-course dinner Dec. 31 featuring ­American sturgeon caviar, oysters from the West Coast, pompano from the Gulf of Mexico, and filet mignon. A ­vegetarian menu will be available. ­Reservations are available 6 to 10 p.m., and the price is $75. A special wine flight will be available. Call (859) 846-4732.
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 ­Esplanade, will serve dinner specials (grilled ahi tuna, beef medallions) and its regular menu beginning at 5 p.m. Dec. 31. A Latin dance party starts at 11. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to
Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South. Broadway, will observe New Year’s Eve with a four-course meal for $29 on Dec. 31. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. The main course features yellow curry and honey-roasted pork.


■ Four of Applecreek Orchards’ ­products are now available at Fresh ­Market, 3387 Tates Creek Road. ­Applecreek Orchards co-owner Chip Hall will be at the market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday with samples. “We are the first Kentucky Proud product ­featured in their store,” Hall said. ­Products are bourbon ­cherries, ­bourbon marinade, bourbon fudge sauce and bourbon ­caramel. ­Applecreek gift ­baskets are available at ­ Call (859) 266-0150.
Great Bagel, 396 Woodland ­Avenue, now has reusable gift cards for personal use or for stocking stuffers. Customers receive a 10 percent discount with the cards. Call (859) 258-2210 or go to
Goodfellas Pizzeria, 110 North Mill Street, received some attention this month from Writer Jason King wrote of the small pizza place: “My fellow scribes and I were so smitten with its goodness that we got back in line and ordered a second slice.” Read the story at Call (859) 281-1101 or go to Goodfellas
Wing Zone will have customer appreciation day Tuesday and will sell $50 gift certificates for $30. They will be available from noon to 3 p.m. Locations are 351 Southland Drive, (859) 259-1300, and 580 Eureka Springs Drive, (859) 259-1400.

Farmers market report

■  Vendors at Lexington Farmers Market’s indoor market in Victorian Square will have winter squash, greens, broccoli, cauliflower, root vegetables, meats, eggs, sheep and goat cheeses, fresh milk, scones, sweet and savory breads, coffee, jams, jellies and salsas, chocolate truffles, ice cream and fresh greenery for decorating. The market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

South Carolina eatery expands to Nicholasville

When the owners of South Carolina’s six -Copper River Grill -restaurants decided to venture outside their home state, they chose Nicholasville.

CEO Steve Jackson said the area was selected because of a relationship with the developer and the fast-growing Lexington market.

“Demographically it fits our -customer base,” he said. “We are an all-American scratch kitchen. The -majority of our product is made from scratch, in house. Nothing frozen. All fresh produce, fresh beef, fresh chicken, fresh seafood.”

Nathan Reese owns and operates the Nicholasville store, 501 KeeneCentre Drive. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 885-0044 or go to

The menu includes firecracker shrimp mac and cheese, which is fried shrimp on top of corkscrew pasta tossed in a chipotle queso; and the “Bigfoots’ mother-in-law burger,” topped with ham, fried shrimp and remoulade. Stone-fired pizzas, steaks, seafood and pasta also are on the menu. Giant “table-size” desserts include cinnamon apple crumb cobbler, white chocolate banana -pudding, and N’Awlins bread pudding.

More new locations

• Smashing Tomato plans to open its third location this summer, in French Quarter Square, 2573 Richmond Road. Its parent company, Tomato Express, also owns Bella Notte -Italian -Trattoria, 3715 Nicholasville Road. Other -Smashing Tomato restaurants are at The Mall at Fayette Place, and 2200 War Admiral Way in Hamburg. Go to

• Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shops has opened its seventh Lexington location: 3735 Palomar Centre Drive. Go to or call (859) 523-6999.

Special events

• Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, is having an Italian -family feast Friday and Saturday. Chef/owner Ouita Michel and sous chef Lisa Laufer will prepare a five-course -dinner that includes potato gnocchi with -Dungeness crab, roast pork with figs and dates served with Weisenberger polenta and cannellini beans with escarole, and Mary Parlanti’s rum custard torte. Seating is at 7 p.m. The cost is $40. A three-glass Italian wine flight is $18. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to

• Bluegrass Catering’s The Barrel House, 903 Manchester Street, serves a champagne brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $20. Call (859) 608-5069 or go to

• Goodfellas Pizzeria at Two Keys Tavern, 333 South Limestone, is -offering “all you can eat Tuesdays” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $7. -Gourmet pizzas include pesto chicken, steak asparagus, tomato basil, and sun-dried tomato and roasted red pepper. Call (859) 523-3353.

Temple’s deli is back on Sunday

If you’ve been hungering for a great deli sandwich, you’re in luck: TAI on Rye, the New York-style deli at Temple Adath Israel, will be back again Sunday.

The sandwich menu includes -pastrami; corned beef; and egg, chicken and tuna salads. There’s also homemade chopped liver. The specials Sunday will be beef brisket with potato kugel, and for dessert there’s hamantaschen, a triangular pastry with fruit, chocolate or poppy seed fillings.

Hours are noon to 2:30 p.m., and food is available for dine-in or carry-out. The menu is at temple is at 124 North Ashland Avenue.

The temple preschool will hold a -silent auction in conjunction with the deli.

Wine and beer tastings

• Euro Wine Bar, 102 South Main Street, Nicholasville, will have a wine tasting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Arizona Stronghold wines by Maynard Keenan of the band Tool will be tasted along with a viewing of his documentary about the wines. Call (859) 608-4435.

• Chase Tap Room, 135 North Broadway, is hosting Sierra Nevada Pint Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Members of the brewery will be on hand to discuss the pale ale and Glissade. Call (859) 621-5831.

Free T-shirts and cake

Marikka’s Restaurant und Bier Stube, 411 Southland Drive, is celebrating its 20th anniversary and giving away T-shirts and cake. Beginning Tuesday, the first 1,000 customers will receive shirts, and throughout March, diners will receive free German chocolate or Black Forest cake with the purchase of an entrée. Call (859) 275-1925.

An add-on at Nick Ryan’s

Nick Ryan’s Saloon, which opened in November at 157 West Jefferson Street, is expanding to the house next door. The project, which will include more parking spaces for the popular dining spot, a patio, a prep kitchen, and seats for about 30, is expected to be completed in May. Call (859) 233-7900 or go to

Making some changes

• J.J. McBrewster’s, 3101 Clays Mill Road, has added items to its menu. The restaurant, recently featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, is serving Southern-style fried catfish, po’ boy sandwiches, and made-from-scratch hush puppies and French fries. Call (859) 224-0040 or go to

• Lunch has returned at J. Morse on Vine Bistro, 102 West Vine Street. The menu features French dip, reuben, club and hoagie sandwiches; salads, and soups. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. To-go-orders are available. Call (859) 368-9888 or go to