Rosetta opened Tuesday in the former Mia's spot at Short Street and North Limestone. Chef Brandon Owens named the restaurant, which is owned by his mother, Carla, for his maternal grandmother, Rosetta Napier.
"She's a classy Southern lady and an amazing cook, and I was always trailing her as a young one," Owens said. "She's a little fireball. She's 81 and she can make a room light up."
Before opening Rosetta, Owens was head chef at Baker's 360.
Lunch is served from 11 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Dinner service will start Tuesday, opening at 5 p.m. Rosetta's one-page menu will feature what's fresh locally or the whim of the chef.
Lunch includes salads, quiche, soups, sandwiches and desserts such as coconut cream cake and fresh berry crumb cake. The wine list includes 25 wines by the glass, which range from $8 to $18.
"We just want our guests to enjoy every experience. We're not trying to reinvent the wheel. We want people to have a good time and do what we do best," Owens said.
"We plan on being an absolutely good time for everybody, if they're coming in for dining, or sitting at the bar for cocktails, or enjoying the patio," he said.
The restaurant will be open for Mother's Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and then Sunday Suppers will be served family-style, with meat and three sides for one price.
Call (859) 255-1800 or go to Rosettadining.com.
Mother's Day specials
Mother's Day is Sunday. Here are what several restaurants have planned.
■ A la lucie, 159 North Limestone, will be open 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. A special menu will be served. Call (859) 252-5277.
■ Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, now has a Sunday beer and wine license and is serving mimosas at brunch, after 11 a.m. Sunday. On Mother's Day, Alfalfa will serve pancakes and omelets featuring fresh items from the farmers market. New items on the summer dinner menu include Jamaican blackened snapper and local lamb stew, and a favorite, Greek spinach pie, has returned. Call (859) 253-0014 or go to Alfalfarestaurant.com.
■ Kentucky State Resort Parks will serve a Mother's Day buffet from noon to 8 p.m. The menu includes a salad bar, fruit, cheese, roast beef, roast pork with apple dressing, chicken and dumplings, fried catfish and hush puppies, vegetables and desserts. The cost is $18.49 for adults. Go to Parks.ky.gov.
■ Casanova Italian Restaurant, 855 South Broadway, will feature bronzini fish (Mediterranean sea bass). Chef/owner Leo Capezzuto has the fish flown in from the Mediterranean. Also on the menu are ragù Barocco and eggplant parmigiana. Call (859) 309-3313 or go to Casanovaky.com.
■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is serving cornmeal-crusted walleye pike with remoulade potato salad, veal piccatta with angel hair pasta and asparagus. Call (859) 226-0300.
■ Della's Diner, 124 North Upper Street, is serving chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and macaroni and tomatoes, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (859) 281-1141.
■ There's more to Chino's Pizzaria than pepperoni pizza. The spot at 1060 Chinoe Road serves gourmet pizzas including sesame tofu, seafood with garlic sauce, barbecue chicken and beef/shrimp/chicken curry. Also on the menu are salads, wings, pasta and oven-baked sandwiches. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dine-in, carry-out and delivery are available. Call (859) 335-0333 or (859) 335-0448.
Farmers market reports
■ Bluegrass Farmers Market will have strawberries, asparagus, lettuce, eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, bok choy, nappa cabbage, jams, herb seasoning, bedding, and herb and vegetable plants on Saturday. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
■ Lexington Farmers Market's locations are Cheapside Park, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; Southland Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday; and Maxwell Street and South Broadway, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The newest location will open May 23 in the parking lot of the University of Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium, next to University Drive. Hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 15. Go to www.uky.edu/hr/wellness/farmersmarket.html or Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.
■ The Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market will have live entertainment from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Mike & Jay will perform in the parking lot of Bluegrass Heritage Museum. The market is open 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 217 South Main Street.