Sharon Thompson: Owners close Belle's Bakery to pursue other dreams

swthompson@herald-leader.comMarch 7, 2013 

Sharon Thompson

In a touching note on Facebook, Belle's Bakery, 313 South Ashland Avenue, announced that it has closed.

Masten and Dingus Childers opened the bakery in May 2004.

"Dingus and I were 22 and 24 when we started Belle's, and many people thought we were nuts ... but we enjoyed every second of it. Now... I have been blessed with the opportunity to pursue my dream of practicing law," Masten Childers said.

Special events

■ The Oleika Shrine Legion of Honor Color Guard will have its annual spaghetti dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Oleika Shrine Center, 326 Southland Drive. It's $6 for adults, $3 for children younger than 11.

Saul Good Restaurant and Pub will celebrate its fifth anniversary from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday by offering $5 discounts. Saul Good is introducing several menu items including steak and blue cheese salad, Bourbon Barrel Ale barbecued pork sandwich and s'mores sundae. Locations are 1808 Alysheba Way, (859) 317-9200; and 3801 Mall Road, (859) 273-4663. Go to Saulgoodpub.com.

Red State BBQ will grill alligator sausage Friday leading up to the Kentucky-Florida men's basketball game Saturday. The gator sausage is being provided by a former member of the TV show Swamp People. T-Mike Kliebert, son of Swamp People star Mike Kliebert and co-owner of Kliebert Alligator Farm in Hammond, La., visited Red State a few months ago and offered gator sausage as a special menu item. Red State is at 4020 Georgetown Road. Call (859) 233-7898 or go to Redstatebbq.com.

Parkette Drive-In, 1230 East New Circle Road, is honoring manager Joyce Golden for 30 years of service. Golden was hired by Parkette founder Joe Smiley on March 6, 1983. In celebration, the restaurant is offering 16-ounce Pepsi products and fries for 30 cents each through Saturday. Call (859) 254-8723 or go to Theparkette.com.

The Woodford Inn in Versailles will have a Wild Turkey bourbon dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday. Master distiller Jimmy Russell and his son Eddie will discuss bourbon, and chef Kristie Parker will serve a three-course dinner with bourbon pairings. The cost is $35. The inn is at 140 Park Street. Call (859) 873-5600.

Jonathan at Gratz Park and Corsair Artisan Distillery in Bowling Green are teaming for an evening of artisan spirits at 6 p.m. Thursday. Master distiller Darek Bell will discuss the distillery's products, including rye whiskey, barrel-aged gin and vanilla bean vodka. The cost is $30 and includes three craft cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Jonathan is at 120 West Second Street, Call (859) 252-4949 or go to JAGP.info.

■ While in the area for the Cincinnati International Wine Festival, four Italian winemakers will drop by Holly Hill Inn for a special wine dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The guest winemakers are Claudio Gini, Lorenzo Alessandri, Marco Marengo and Caterina Dei. The cost is $75.

A special tasting with the winemakers will be 6 to 7 p.m. The cost for the tasting is $25. For dinner reservations, call (859) 846-4732; for tasting, email Steve@hollyhillinn.com.

Holly Hill is at 426 North Winter Street in Midway.

The Cincinnati International Wine Festival continues through Sunday at several locations in Cincinnati. Learn more at Winefestival.com.

New menus

■ The spring menu at Bella Notte, 3715 Nicholasville Road, reflects what's fresh from local farms. Vibrant Greens Farm in Richmond is providing arugula and organic lettuces, and the fresh lamb is from Marksbury Farm in Lancaster. Call (859) 245-1789 or go to Bellalexington.comt.

■ The March menu at Greentree Tearoom has an Irish theme. Included are potato leek soup, Irish oat scones, spanakopita, pistachio cupcakes and Benedictine sandwiches. Greentree is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to Greentreetearoom.com.

Announcements

Ramsey's Diner, 496 East High Street, now offers valet parking. "Due to increased business not only at Ramsey's but the surrounding neighborhood, Ramsey's (High Street only) has instituted free valet parking Monday through Friday during peak lunch hours," owner Rob Ramsey said. Call (859) 259-2708. For the locations of other Ramsey's restaurants, go to Ramseysdiners.com.

Gold Star Chili, 350 Foreman Avenue in Newtown Crossing near the University of Kentucky, is closed temporarily to transition from a franchised store to a corporate-owned and -managed store. The restaurant is expected to reopen in April with an expanded menu that includes gourmet burgers and chicken sandwiches in addition to the traditional Cincinnati-style chili classics. Go to Goldstarchili.com.

Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @ FlavorsofKY. Blog: Flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com.

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