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or for unexpected stumbles. Three of these had decidedly short runs. After sinking up to a reported $3 million into renovating the old Tumbleweed property at 1201 River Rd. into Doc’s Cantina, and finding more structural issues the further they progressed, Falls City Hospitality Group opened their version of a Tex-Mex restaurant to much hoopla and much less success. Admitting that the food and service aspect of their newest venture was not well managed, FCHG’s four partners closed Doc’s Cantina barely six months after opening, pledging to rethink their concept and to reopen with a different focus before the end of 2016. Fontleroy’s, too, came on the scene with lots of high expectations. After a solidly promising opening stretch, operational problems cropped up, founding Chef Allan Rosenberg left for other ventures and the owner threw in the towel after a year. Dallas McGarity has snatched up the space at 2011 Grinstead Dr. for his new The Fat Lamb. Dustin Staggers’ explosive entrance to the Louisville restaurant scene (Rumplings, Epic Sammich Co., America. The Diner.) has fizzled out with the sudden closing of Roux, his Highlands New Orleans-Style Cajun restaurant at 1325 Bardstown Rd. And Matt Davis, another energetic restaurant creator (Lil Cheezers) found myriad problems in trying to run a deli in Old Louisville, and has closed Slice at 1161 S. Second St. The inimitable Eric Gould has closed Smoketown USA, a pioneer in the Smoketown-Shelby Park revival, after almost a decade of honest barbecue, appealing side dishes and highly eclectic decor at 1153 Logan St. And one of the elder statesman of the Louisville restaurant world,

Majid Ghavami, has announced his retirement and will close his eponymous restaurant, Majid’s, 3930 Chenoweth Square, on November 19. In a late closing announcement, Bearno’s Pizza has closed the Highlands branch, at 1318 Bardstown Rd., a mainstay for 15 years for eclectic entertainment and as a gathering point for many Highlandsrelated celebrations. There are 11 Bearno’s locations remaining in the Louisville metro area. Other restaurant closings include Texican’s BBQ Pit, 6608 Hwy. 46 in Crestwood; Coqui's Café, 147 E. Market St. in New Albany; Big C’s Lunch & Lounge, 2319 Brownsboro Rd.; Marric’s Restaurant, 8402 Hudson Ln.; Mount Everest View, 4109 Bardstown Rd.; and Papalino’s Italian Pub, 3598 Springhurst Blvd. Two chains have each closed one local branch. Applebee’s has shuttered the store at 1905 S. Hurstbourne Ln. (six remain), and the Logan’s Roadhouse at 5505 Shelbyville Rd. has closed, leaving three local locations. Danny Mac’s Pasta & Pizza has closed the Germantown location at 1567 S. Shelby St., but is still baking pies at the Mellwood Arts Center.

CHANGES Finally, the Bootleg Barbecue franchise at 7508 Preston Hwy. has severed its association with the parent company and has reconstituted itself as Holy Smokes Bar-B-Que. Dundee Gastropub has changed hands, and the new owners have changed the name of the business back to Dundee Tavern. It remains at 2224 Dundee Rd. F&D Winter 2016 9

Winter 2016 (Vol. 54)  

Nov - Dec - Jan 2016/17