Restaurant News & Reviews

Metropol is going out of business with a flourish

Metropol Chef Patrick Wilhoite  and his Lavendar Saffron Chicken photographed  on Thursday June 25, 2011 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by  Mark Cornelison | Staff
Metropol Chef Patrick Wilhoite and his Lavendar Saffron Chicken photographed on Thursday June 25, 2011 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff

One of the Lexington's fine-dining restaurants is closing, and two new casual spots have opened.

Metropol, 307 West Short Street, opened in 2000 and will close at the end of the year, when owner John A. Schremly retires at age 80. In honor of his retirement and the restaurant's closing, Metropol will have a party Dec. 23. Drinks will be $1.80. Call (859) 381-9493 or go to

■ Lonnie Sheets, who has spent decades in the restaurant business, has opened his own place in Nicholasville. Good Eden Café & Pizzeria is at 109 Springdale Drive, across from Bellerive Shopping Center on Harrodsburg Road. The menu features New York-style pizza, sandwiches, salads, soups, burgers and smoothies. Good Eden will celebrate Christmas at 8 p.m. Saturday with live entertainment by Joe Letchworth. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 223-0465 or go to

M&D's Café is open at 1414 Bryan Avenue, serving breakfast and lunch. Breakfast, served daily from 7 to 11 a.m., features pancakes, sausage gravy and biscuits, eggs, fried potatoes, bacon and pork chops. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Hours on Monday are 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (859) 554-5791.

New Year's Eve celebrations

Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, will serve a seven-course dinner Dec. 31 featuring American sturgeon caviar, oysters from the West Coast, pompano from the Gulf of Mexico, and filet mignon. A vegetarian menu will be available. Reservations are 6 to 10 p.m., and the price is $75. A special wine flight will be available. Call (859) 846-4732.

Natasha's Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade, will serve dinner specials (grilled ahi tuna, beef medallions) and its regular menu beginning at 5 p.m. Dec. 31. A Latin dance party starts at 11. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to

Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South. Broadway, will observe New Year's Eve with a four-course meal for $29 on Dec. 31. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. The main course features yellow curry and honey-roasted pork.


■ Four of Applecreek Orchards' products are now available at Fresh Market, 3387 Tates Creek Road. Applecreek Orchards co-owner Chip Hall will be at the market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday with samples. "We are the first Kentucky Proud product featured in their store," Hall said. Products are bourbon cherries, bourbon marinade, bourbon fudge sauce and bourbon caramel. Applecreek gift baskets are available at Call (859) 266-0150.

Great Bagel, 396 Woodland Avenue, now has reusable gift cards for personal use or for stocking stuffers. Customers receive a 10 percent discount with the cards. Call (859) 258-2210 or go to

Goodfellas Pizzeria, 110 North Mill Street, received some attention this month from Writer Jason King wrote of the small pizza place: "My fellow scribes and I were so smitten with its goodness that we got back in line and ordered a second slice." Read the story at Call (859) 281-1101 or go to

Wing Zone will have customer appreciation day Tuesday and will sell $50 gift certificates for $30. They will be available from noon to 3 p.m. Locations are 351 Southland Drive, (859) 259-1300, and 580 Eureka Springs Drive, (859) 259-1400.

Farmers market report

■ Vendors at Lexington Farmers Market's indoor market in Victorian Square will have winter squash, greens, broccoli, cauliflower, root vegetables, meats, eggs, sheep and goat cheeses, fresh milk, scones, sweet and savory breads, coffee, jams, jellies and salsas, chocolate truffles, ice cream and fresh greenery for decorating. The market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.