Willie's Locally Known, 805 North Broadway, opened quietly in March, serving barbecue and wings, and it's catering to Bluegrass music.
Owners are Wilson Sebastian III and Arthur Hancock IV, whose aim is to bring Bluegrass music back to the Bluegrass region. Willie's was created for musicians and music lovers and patterned after former Bluegrass hot spots such as the Red Slipper Lounge, where J.D. Crowe and the Kentucky Mountain Boys played five nights a week in the '60s and '70s.
Willie's house band is called Locally Known. It features Bluegrass guitarist and songwriter Brandon Lee Adams, as well as Willie's co-owner and banjo picker Arthur Hancock, who also serves as the new host of the Lexington-based radio show Red Barn Radio. Willie's live music schedule includes other local bands and will feature a four-week run of Red Barn shows starting in July.
Ben Berry is the chef, and the menu also includes fried green tomatoes and oyster po' boys. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 281-1116.
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New Mexican restaurant
■ Knowledge of Spanish isn't a requirement, though it might make it easier to order at the new Taqueria las Huastecas, 919 Winchester Road. The restaurant is in the former Jasmine Rice spot at the corner of Seventh Street. Jasmine moved next door to the space vacated by a Mexican grocery store. Although the menu is in Spanish, if you don't speak the language you will still recognize the major players: tacos, quesadillas, empanadas, huaraches, tortas, burritos and tostadas. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 381-1804.
■ Food at this event will beat the usual festival fare. The May's Lick Asparagus Festival on Saturday will feature asparagus deep-fried, pickled, in soup, ice cream, bread and salads. The dishes will be made with locally grown asparagus. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May's Lick is 10 miles south of Maysville at U.S. 68 and Ky. 324. Call Jennifer Gleason (606) 763-6827 or go to Mayslick.com.
■ West Sixth Brewing Co.y, 501 West Sixth Street, is celebrating American Craft Beer Week with a Think Local, Drink Local event Saturday. Along with West Sixth beers, there will be beers from other Kentucky craft breweries including BBC, Cumberland Brews, Against the Grain, Alltech's Kentucky Ale and Lore brewing. Ten percent of sales go to Broke Spoke Community Bike Shop. Go to Westsixth.com.
■ Pitmasters BBQ will be cooking in the parking lot at Sportsman's Warehouse Saturday. The store is at 2200 War Admiral Way.
■ TAI on Rye, the pop-up deli at Temple Adath Israel, returns Sunday, then goes on hiatus for the summer. A New York favorite, black and white cookies, will be available for dessert. The full menu is at Lextai.org/tai_on_rye. Deli hours are noon to 2 p.m. The temple is at 124 North Ashland Avenue.
■ The 5th Street Café in Millersburg is hosting a reading by author Paulette Livers from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Livers was a finalist for the 2011 Howard Frank Mosher short fiction prize at Hunger Mountain, received honorable mention for the Red Hen Press short story award and was a finalist in the Writers@Work Competition. The café is at 113 East Fifth Street. Call (859) 473-0552.
■ It's the season for soft-shell crabs at Bonefish Grill, 2341 Sir Barton Way. Available for only a few weeks each year, Maryland soft-shell crabs are sautéed and stuffed with jumbo lump crab and topped with a lemon caper sauce. Call (859) 233-3474.
Farmers market report
■ Bluegrass Farmers' Market is open 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The farmers have strawberries, lettuce, eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, Swiss chard, bok choy, napa and savoy cabbage, herb seasoning, and plants. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Go to Localharvest.org/blog/29529.
■ Lexington Farmers Market 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 Wednesday 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 Lexingtonfarmersmarket.com.
■ Winchester/Clark County Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 217 South Main Street.
■ Woodford County Farmers' Market will feature the Bluegrass Food Revolution, in cooperation with Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, on Saturday. The group will promote local foods, food education, and healthful cooking. The market will have beef, eggs, honey, pork, and fruit. It's open 8:30 a.m. to noon in downtown Versailles.