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The Jax joins Short Street entertainment district

The Jax is Lexington’s newest downtown restaurant to join Short Street’s entertainment district.
Owner Aimee Lovitz said the name originated from fond childhood memories of playing jacks with her grandmother. “With jacks, anyplace can become your playground,” Lovitz said.
The restaurant, lounge, and late night and events venue will feature “globally inspired, locally infused cuisine, cocktails and culture,” Lovitz said. Her brother, Brad, is general manager and Natalie Blake, a season nine contestant on Fox Hell’s Kitchen, is executive chef. Aimee Lovitz consulted with Wild Thyme owner Allison Davis to create a menu of dishes sourced with fresh, local ingredients.
Jax is at 101 West Short Street, at the corner of North Limestone and Short Street. Hours are 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday. Call (859) 721-2339.


■ Fresh asparagus from Greenwood Farm in Versailles is on the menu at Ramsey’s Diners. Locations are 496 East High Street, 4053 Tates Creek Centre, 3090 Helmsdale Drive, and 4391 Harrodsburg Road. Go to
Gold Star Chili, 350 Foreman Avenue, has reopened and offers an expanded menu that includes gourmet burgers and chicken sandwiches. The store will celebrate its re-opening with Customer Appreciation Day on June 5, offering Gold Star Chili’s signature 3-ways for $3. Call (859) 317-9240. Go to
■ Construction workers are at Parkette Drive-In but they’re not there for the Poor Boys. The crew is building a cover for the back patio and installing six garage doors around it. “The decor is going to be a retro ‘50s garage,” co-owner Randy Kaplan said. “With the addition, we’ll add more than 90 seats.” The remodeling should be completed by the end of June. Parkette is at 1230 East New Circle Road. Call (859) 254-8723 or go to


■ The seventh annual Kentucky Ale Brew-Off will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company, 401 Cross Street. Home brewers will be brewing their craft on site as part of the Lexington Craft Beer Week celebration.
The winning brew will be scaled up to a single, commercial-sized batch by Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and sold on draft locally. The winner will also have his or her batch entered into the 2013 Pro-Am Competition at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.
■ Chef Chris Eliopoulos is preparing an Ionian menu for Saturday’s monthly Greek dinner at Panagia Pantovasilissa Greek Orthodox Church, 920 Tates Creek Road. The dinner, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., features a choice of chicken in orange glaze, tilapia in spinach, or pork loin. Cost is $12. Call (859) 266-1921 or go to
Staxx BBQ, 11 Carson Place in Frankfort, is celebrating its second anniversary with specials on Friday. Guests can buy any sandwich combo and receive a sandwich combo free from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; buy a pound of pork and receive a pound of pork free from 2 to 5 p.m.; and buy two racks of ribs and receive a rack of ribs free from 5 to 9 p.m. Call (502) 352-2515 or go to

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will have spring greens, asparagus, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, baked goods, jams, herb seasoning, beer cheese, lamb, goat, veal, beef, pork, eggs, soaps, veggie plants on Saturday. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go to
■ The farmers market at Azur Restaurant in Beaumont Centre is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to
■ Lexington Farmers Market vendors will have lettuce, spinach, asparagus, arugula, kale, collards, sweet potatoes, and green garlic. Go to for locations.

Blue Heron bar is open on Jefferson Street

Birds of a feather are flocking together on Jefferson Street. The owner of The Grey Goose has opened a new bar, called The Blue Heron, across the street from his popular pub.
“The Heron is a rustic little neighborhood bar that features a beautiful mahogany back bar built in the 1880s, a working fireplace around which are gathered a collection of leather club chairs and ottomans, and a one-of-a-kind centerpiece chandelier,” said Jeff Wheeler, who is general manager of The Blue Heron.
It and The Grey Goose are owned by Keith Clark.
An extensive selection of bourbons are available along with hand-crafted cocktails made with freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, house-made syrups and infused liquors.
The bar, at 185 Jefferson Street, is open at 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and at noon Sunday. It’s available for holiday parties. Call (859) 221-2357.


■ Just in time for holiday gift giving, the Ruth Hunt Candy Co. has doubled the  retail space at its new location, 213 Walton Avenue.
The Mount Sterling candy factory, known for its Blue Monday candy bar, was founded in 1921, when Ruth Tharpe Hunt began selling her homemade confections from her home. She moved to a factory location in 1930, and the company still makes candy using Hunt’s original recipes. An open house will be Dec. 3 to 7.
The Woodhill Plaza store now is closed. The new store also has a full-service, official U.S. post office. Call (859) 268-1559 or go to
■ It’s an all-new Lock and Key Café in Georgetown.
Colleen London opened the business as a cafe in 2006 in the former Bank of Georgetown building at 201 East Main Street. Over the years, the concept for the Lock and Key has changed a few times, but now it’s back to a coffeehouse/café.
The chicken salad is still a specialty and new items have been added to the breakfast and lunch menu. A daily special now is available. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Call (502) 867-1972 or go to

Special events

Chateau du Vieux Corbeau Winery in Danville will have an open house 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Winemaker Dominique Brousseau will offer guided cellar tours at 1 and 4 p.m. She will explain the wine-creation process and discuss the various pieces of equipment she uses in the process.
Brousseau will release her newest wine creation, called “Trouble,” which is named after one of her geese.
“This white blended wine is sweet and subtle and will sneak up to bite you on the bottom, just like its namesake,” Andre Brousseau said. The winery will also offer refreshments, with recipe cards, using the Chateau’s wines.
The winery is at 471 Stanford Avenue. Call (859) 236-1775 or (859) 236-1808.
■ It’s cold outside, but the cooks at Kathy’s Country Kitchen in Clay City are grilling outdoors. On Friday and Saturday nights, the restaurant at 20 Black Creek Road is serving hand-cut prime rib, ribeye, New York strip, and sirloin steaks, with baked potato and salad. Prices range from $11.99 to $13.99. Call (606) 663-4179.
Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle in Beaumont Centre, is having a chef series dinner on Wednesday. The Spanish-themed five-course dinner is $55. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to
■ The Greek Dinner Night at Panagia Pantovasilissa Greek Orthodox Church, 920 Tates Creek Road, will be 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The menu features gyros and spanakopita and wines from Horseshoe Bend Winery. Go to

Thanksgiving meals to go

Thanksgiving is Thursday. here are some places that are offering carryout meals.
■ The chefs at Azur will cook your Thanksgiving meal for you to pick up on Wednesday. A 20-pound turkey, which serves 15 to 18, is $70. Sides, at an additional charge, include green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole and sausage-sage stuffing. Call (859) 296-1007
Mary Lou’s BBQ, 226 Walton Avenue, is offering a smoked turkey for $49.95. Sides including green beans, candied yams, corn pudding, oyster dressing, mashed potatoes and spiced apples, are $6.99 a quart. White chocolate bread pudding with bourbon sauce is $24.95. Call (859) 252-4227.
Cracker Barrel restaurants are selling Thanksgiving dinners to-go for $54.99, which serves six. Country hams are $38.99, sugar-cured hams are $39.99 and whole pies are $7.99. Go to for locations.
Ramsey’s Diners are offering the Thanksgiving turkey dinner for $18.95 a person. Included are turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, four vegetables (from a list of 10) and rolls. Orders of vegetables are $15 for a serving for six. Call (859) 252-7926 by Monday for pickup on Wednesday. Ramsey’s desserts, made by Missy’s Pies, are available by calling (859) 253-0449.

Spaulding’s pizza skills highly rated

Greg Spaulding, manager of Puccini’s Smiling Teeth, and his U.S. teammates scored high marks at the 2012 World Championship of Pizza held in Salsomaggiore, Italy in April.
The U.S. Pizza Team was made up of expert pizza chefs and dough-spinning acrobatic performers from pizza restaurants across the United States. Team member Spaulding won the Best in the U.S. award in the classic pizza category. His colleague Tom Carfrae, owner of Tomaso’s Pizza in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, earned Best in the U.S. in the pan category, while Mike Amheiser, owner of Pizza Dock in Fredericktown, Ohio, took home the Best in the U.S. prize for his gluten-free pie. Go to or The U.S. team was sponsored by PMQ Pizza Magazine. This week, Spaulding is competing in the Global Pizza Challenge in Sydney, Australia. Puccini’s locations are Chevy Chase Place, (859) 269-0404;Beaumont Centre, (859) 219-0101,and 3801 Dylan Place, (859) 223-1588.
Special events
Town Branch Market, 233 East Main Street, at the corner of Esplanade, is celebrating its first anniversary on Friday and Saturday. There will be breakfast and lunch specials, and samples of new items, including biscuits and gravy, jumbo cinnamon rolls, and fresh baked personal pizzas. Call (859) 280-2122.
Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, is serving farmers market brunch on Sundays. Natasha’s Sunday chef will be shopping at farmers market to buy ingredients for the menu which is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items include quiche, fruit plate, biscuits and sorghum, and scrambled eggs. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to
Jean Farris Winery, 6825 Old Richmond Road, is serving dinner, wine, and a movie in the vines this summer. On Friday, guests can watch The Help on the outdoor movie screen overlooking the estate vineyard. When making reservations for the outdoor movie event you must request a movie table. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to
■ June’s Greek Dinner Night at Panagia Pantovasilissa Greek Orthodox Church will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 16. The church, at 920Tates Creek Road, will have outside dining areas available, weather permitting. The featured vineyard is Chrisman Mill and the menu includes chicken in orange glaze, pork loin, and tilapia with spinach. Go to
■ The patio is open at Addie’s at The Woodford Inn, 104 Park Street, Versailles, where you can enjoy live music. A fish fry will be held Friday, and the dinner special on Saturday is surf & turf. Call (859) 873-5600 or go to
Winchell’s, 348 Southland Drive, will hold its annual lobster boil from 4 to 9:30 p.m. June 13. Whole Maine lobsters will be served with corn on the cob and new potatoes, along with New England clam chowder, and fresh fruit cobbler. Call (859) 278-9424.

Tea menu for June
■ The June menu at Greentree Tearoom will help beat the summer heat. Included are chilled cucumber-avocado soup, tropical chicken salad, tomato aspic, and orange panacotta. Greentree is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to

Farmers market report
■ The Bluegrass Farmers’ Market will celebrate the grand opening of the 2012 market season on Saturday and giving away Wildcat Blue market totes to the first 500 customers. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to
■ The farmers bazaar at Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays on the patio. The market features local farmers and artisans. Azur serves brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to
Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market  is open 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 217 South Main Street.
Woodford County Farmers’ Market will have beef, eggs, honey, pork and fruit. It’s open 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays in downtown Versailles.
Lexington Farmers Market locations are Cheapside Park, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; Southland Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday; Maxwell Street and South Broadway, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and the parking lot of the University of Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium, next to University Drive, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays. Go to