It's finally open: Gigi's Cupcakes. The store at 2703 Richmond Road, next to Starbucks, makes such an array of cupcakes, you'll be planning daily trips.
Ten to 12 flavors are offered each day. Friday's choices include spumoni (cherry cake filled with chocolate ganache, with pistachio buttercream frosting), tiramisu (coffee- and Kahlúa-flavored cake filled with cream cheese, with coffee- and Kahlúa-flavored frosting), and "tiger tails" (yellow cake with raspberry filling, with buttercream frosting).
"Top hats" (devil's food cake piled high with buttercream frosting and dipped in chocolate ganache) is one of the flavors each Thursday.
Cupcakes are $3 each, or $2.75 each by the dozen.
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Gigi's is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (859) 269-4444or go to www.gigiscupcakesusa.com.
A new downtown Winchester restaurant could have been named Don's Grill or Parsons' Diner, but that wouldn't have spoken to customers the same way that Stinky & Coco's does.
Don Parsons chose to use the names of his cats for his diner at 1 North Main Street, at Main and Broadway.
Parsons, who managed restaurants in Chicago, followed a love to Winchester in 2008 and stayed. The spot is open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Specialties include shrimp and grits, and scrambled omelets. Call (859) 744-8100.
Valentine's at Varden's
Varden's Bistro, 509 Main Street in Paris, is celebrating Valentine's Day with its first dinner in its new addition.
Executive chef Matt Corbin's menu features traditional Southern dishes combined with elements of continental cuisine. He buys Bourbon County beef and lamb, and seasonal ingredients from local vegetable producers.
The Valentine's Eve dinner, 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 13, is $50. Entrees for the four-course dinner include chicken and grit cakes, grilled filet mignon, pork roulade, and grilled scallops. Call (859) 987-4700 or go to http://vardens.com.
Tinker's makes a move
Tinker's Cake Shop has left the Nicholasville suburbs and moved to 317 West Maxwell Street, between Mill Street and Broadway in downtown Lexington. The new shop is open by appointment and specializes in wedding cakes and large party cakes. Call (859) 252-9636 or go to www.tinkerscakeshop.com.
Hanna's helps Haiti
Beth Hanna, owner of Hanna's on Lime, is helping the American Red Cross in its effort to help the people of Haiti. Hanna will donate 10 percent of the restaurant's February receipts to the relief effort. This will include in-house dining and delivery, Hanna said. Hanna's is at 214 South Limestone. Call (859) 252-6264.
The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is warming up customers with Monday night spaghetti dinner specials. There's live jazz 8 to 10 p.m. Fridays in the lounge, and Ben Lacey and Bob Bryant will entertain Jan. 29. The kitchen closes at 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 226-0300 or go to www.thejulepcup.com.
A new brunch spot
Max & Erma's, 1848 Alysheba Way in Hamburg Pavilion, is now serving Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The menu includes omelettes, eggs Benedict and French toast. The restaurant's winter hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call (859) 543-8111.
Orchid Flower's happy hour
Orchid Flower, 3090 Old Todds Road, now has happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Appetizers feature Indonesian-style chicken wings with homemade dipping sauces. Call (859) 543-1126 or go to www.orchidflowerrestaurant.com.