“Rump Fest” – Highland Ave Block Party Coming Soon

This time of year in Louisville always brings out the party in everyone. The Highlands alone typically has 30 or 40 different events that take place between the first day of Spring and the first day of Summer, and it’s common for Louisville residents to want to break loose when the weather changes from suck to awesome. I found out about a new event that will be taking place this year, and I wanted to share with you the few details that I know. Continue reading ““Rump Fest” – Highland Ave Block Party Coming Soon”

How Many Tables? That Would Be 10 Tables

Ten TablesWith somewhere around ten new independent Louisville restaurants opening in the last 6-12 months, our “foodie” (I hate that word) scene is expanding at an incredible rate. Some questions have been posed as to whether or not these chefs and restauranteurs will have equal shares in this market, or if some of these places might flicker out. I can confidently say that after personally eating at seven of these ten restaurants, I just don’t see any of them getting taken out by another. The list of new Louisville restaurants is diverse, and the competition, in my eyes, is not really competition at all. If you produce a great product, you will have repeat customers and market share no matter how many restaurants there are. Three of these new chef-owners want to prove it to you by creating a dining club in which they invade each other’s kitchens and collaborate on a special menu. Continue reading “How Many Tables? That Would Be 10 Tables”

Rumplings Slurp Shop: Tragedy, Love, and Lots of Experience

10012688_588306437958165_321149970781069771_oWhat does an almost fatal accidental shooting, a group hug, a helping hand, a few different kitchen jobs, and a zen-like noodle-sharing experience all have in common? Holy crap, I have no idea. What I do know is that these, among other amazing stories, came out in a recent sit-down conversation I had with the three very passionate chefs behind the brand new Ramen restaurant, Rumplings Slurp Shop, which is set to open in the Highlands this week.

Griffin Paulin, co-owner of Rumplings Slurp Shop at 2009 Highland Ave, describes his relationship with executive chef Chip Hartley, and “dough ho” / sous chef Ethan Ray, as “a total contradiction…but, my life is a total contradiction,” Paulin said, “and this restaurant will be nothing if it’s not me.” Continue reading “Rumplings Slurp Shop: Tragedy, Love, and Lots of Experience”

Rumplings: Authentic Ramen and Homemade Dumplings

As I reported last week, Louisville is getting its first authentic noodle shop, which is moving into the spot on Highland Ave formerly known as Baby D’s Bagel and Deli. What I couldn’t tell you last week is that the new owners are Griffin Paulin and Dustin Staggers. Yes, these are the same guys that just opened Roux, a New Orleans-themed restaurant,¬†which took the place of La Gallo Rosso next to the Highlands Bristol. They’re busy, and that’s good for people like you and me. These guys are extremely talented and they crank out amazing food, so I will take any opportunity I have to support a new venture from them. Not to mention that the Louisville restaurant scene needs some homemade noodles and dumplings. Continue reading “Rumplings: Authentic Ramen and Homemade Dumplings”

Roux Louisville Brings New Orleans to the Highlands

Entry3The recent departure of La Gallo Rosso left a hole in the Highlands. The location is an absolute hot spot, and it’s obvious because, well…it didn’t stay vacant for long. Dustin Staggers and his brother Kyle are opening a New Orleans-themed restaurant called Roux at 1325 Bardstown Rd in the Highlands on Friday, October 3, 2014. After hearing reviews from a few attendees at their soft opening Monday and Tuesday, I have no doubt that this will become a Louisville favorite instantly! Continue reading “Roux Louisville Brings New Orleans to the Highlands”