Sharon Thompson: Rooster Brewing opens in historic Paris building

swthompson@herald-leader.comJune 5, 2014 

Sharon Thompson


Bourbon County businessman Ralph Quillin says he has a passion for shopping local, craft beer and historic structures. Together, they make up Quillin's latest venture, Rooster Brewing, at 609 Main Street in Paris.

The new craft brewery has a tap room and retail space in a restored circa 1880 mercantile building. In addition to producing its own beers, Rooster carries about 100 brands. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Call (859) 707-3436 or go to

Father's Day specials

Father's Day is June 15. Here are some special meals Dad might enjoy.

■ Chefs Jeremy Ashby and Miguel Rivas are planning hearty menus for two restaurants.

Azur, 3070 Lakecrest Circle, will serve grilled wagyu burgers, campfire-style shrimp, and grilled andouille sausages. The buffet, from 6 to 9 p.m., is $35. The cost is $17.50 for children ages 12 and younger. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to

Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, will serve a buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $21.95. Featured are pineapple-ginger chicken and Cuban-style roasted pork. Call (859) 303-5573 or go to

The Grey Goose, 170 Jefferson Street, is offering two-for-one pizzas for fathers, grandfathers and stepdads. Call (859) 233-1500.

Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7855 McCracken Pike in Versailles, is serving Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch for dads. A dinner buffet June 14 begins with a "Bourbon Discovery" tour at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $50.

The dinner menu, prepared by chef-in-residence Ouita Michel and her culinary team, includes barrel stave-smoked prime rib; stuffed trout; loaded new potato gratin; and grilled "dadatouille," local vegetables prepared in the classic ratatouille style.

Brunch will be served at 1 p.m. June 15 in the Dryer House. The cost is $40. The menu features chicken bourbonnaise (roasted chicken tossed in Woodford Spice barbecue sauce) and lapsang barbecued baby back ribs.

Kevin Sanders, also known as "Barrel Man," will be at the distillery's visitor center June 14 and 15. He turns American white oak Woodford Reserve whiskey barrels into gift items including barrel coasters, stave coat racks, and barrel planters. Call (859) 879-1953 or email

Special events

Winchell's, 348 Southland Drive, will have its annual summer lobster boil Tuesday. The three-course meal includes New England clam chowder, whole lobster served with corn on the cob and new potatoes, and fruit cobbler. Reservations start at 4 p.m. The cost is $35.99. Call (859) 278-9424.

West Sixth Brewing, 501 West Sixth Street, will host a viewing party Monday for the third episode of MasterChef. Lexingtonian Dan Wu is a contestant on the competitive cooking reality TV series, which airs at 8 p.m. Mondays on Fox. Call (859) 705-0915.

Steak 'n Shake is celebrating its 80th birthday with an attempt to break a Guinness World Record. At Steak 'n Shakes across America, customers will gather at 1 p.m. Saturday to vie for the "largest birthday sing-along" title. Guests who participate can get a birthday cake milkshake for half-price. Steak 'n Shake is at 1832 Alysheba Way. Call (859) 543-9096 or go to

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will host the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 13. Officers from the Kentucky Law Enforcement Torch Run, Lexington Community Corrections, Fayette County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky State Police and University of Kentucky Police Department will eat, sleep, and play on the rooftop of the Krispy Kreme store, 2893 Richmond Road. Go to

The Pub, 3750 Mall Road, will show every match of the World Cup soccer games from Thursday through July 13 on TVs throughout the restaurant. Food and drink specials will be offered. Guests may get a scorecard, and each time they visit The Pub and make a purchase on a match day, they will receive a stamp on their scorecard to win prizes. Call (859) 971-2748.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market has strawberries and 100 percent locally produced items. It's in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road, and at Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Go to

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

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