Louie’s Wine Dive will be coming to Chevy Chase, opening in late fall at Euclid and High in the restaurant spot occupied most recently by the Macho Nacho and historically by the Saratoga, Roy’s, Buddy’s and GCB.
Louie’s founder Whitney VinZant said this will be the chain’s ninth location, but the first in Kentucky. Other locations now include Des Moines, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Omaha and Overland Park, Kan. The restaurant is open for lunch, dinner and brunch on weekends.
“We are a quality-oriented, product-focused, award-winning restaurant, with a beverage and wine program that is focused on making wine fun and making it accessible,” VinZant said. “We’re bringing in a lot of different selections from somewhat unknown vineyards from all over the world. ... There will be a lot of new things coming to Lexington.”
According to lunch, dinner and brunch menus online, Louie’s offers items from snacks (pork or shrimp street tacos, BLT deviled eggs, crab puffs, squeaky cheese curds), salads, pasta, and comfort foods such as gourmet Sinatra burger, Tandoori Atlantic salmon, Champagne fish & chips, Tuscan roasted chicken and steak DeBurgo.
And wine, lots of wine. And spirits. In other locations, Louie’s has featured barrel selections of Kentucky bourbons such as Barton 1792.
To solve one of the restaurant location’s perennial issues, VinZant said he has secured 50 to 60 reserved parking spots in the nearby parking garage and will offer valet parking.
“I can’t tell you how excited we are to be able to share this in Kentucky,” VinZant said. “It’s been a long time coming and there’s not a concept like it in Kentucky. We typically are in cities of 2 1/2 million people or more; we haven’t ever opened a Louie’s in a place the size of Lexington, but Lexington is so progressive (food-wise) we think people will enjoy it.”
VinZant and his wife, the former Miss Kentucky Emily Cox, have strong ties to the state. VinZant and Cox met at the 2009 Kentucky Derby and married in Lexington’s Central Christian Church in December 2012. She is the daughter of former Kentucky State Rep. Ricky Lee Cox (R-Campbellsville) and also is the niece of WLEX-TV news anchor and former Miss Kentucky Nancy Cox. The Cox family is not involved in the restaurant business.