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BurgerFi, a new gourmet burger place, opened last year near Fayette Mall with burgers, dogs, shakes and more. A new location is getting ready to open on the UK campus.

Lexington could soon get its first cat cafe: Whiskers’ Cat Cafe. In case haven’t heard about these, a cat cafe is a place where you can commune with felines while sipping coffee. They started in Japan, where they are huge, and are now colonizing America and the rest of the world. Often the cats are shelter animals available for adoption.

Amber Newman is planning to open one in Lexington later this year. Earlier this month, she went public with her plans.

“The response has been overwhelming,” she said. She’s exploring locations on National Avenue and hopes to finalize a location in a few months, after her IndieGoGo campaign.

All the cafe cats will be rescues and she is in discussions with area shelters. To meet health department requirements, the food will be served to customers in a separate room. And the cats will have space to get out of the public eye, Newman said.

“As far as food goes, I want to keep the menu small, and more like a lounge-style menu with gourmet appetizers, as well as a few uniquely southern dishes — like comforting chicken-n-dumplings, made-from-scratch biscuits and gravy, chicken or beef pot pies, and maybe a hearty mutton and beef burgoo,” she said. And she plans to have lots of desserts and locally roasted coffee.

▪  University of Kentucky baseball fans have some new snacks to try at home games at Cliff Hagan Stadium, 700 Jerry Claiborne Way. Debuting this year: the “AJ Reed Nachos” honoring the UK great and his passion for nachos as a ballpark snack. That’s 85 ounces of nachos for $18 (AJ Reed’s number at UK) or get them in an actual UK batting helmet (that you get to keep) for $60 … tortilla chips, nacho cheese, chili, rice, green peppers, chives, corn, black beans, pinto beans, shredded chicken, diced tomato, jalapenos, black olives, shredded lettuce, diced onion, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole.

There also will be daily ballpark specials, including Taco Tuesdays, Wing Wednesdays, 2 Buck Thursdays ($2 tickets & $2 drinks), $1 Hot Dog Fridays, Cheese steak Saturdays and Sundae Sundays.

▪  Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen, 113 North Broadway and 1781 Sharkey Way, has added its own line of iced treats, Nectar Gourmet Pops, to the menu. Flavors include strawberry, raspberry, hibiscus, grapefruit, chocolate, coffee, and strawberries and cream, with more on the way.

▪  Oleika Shrine Temple, 326 Southland Drive, will have Breakfast with the Bunny from 8 to 11 a.m. March 19. Get all you-can-eat pancakes, sausage and juice and photos with the Easter Bunny. It’s $5 for adults, and $3 for children 6 and younger. Sponsored by the Clown Unit of Akielo Temple, No. 128 Daughters of the Nile.

▪  At 6 p.m. March 31, Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center will have a benefit screening of the new documentary Harry & Snowman at the Kentucky Theatre, 214 East Main Street. The film tells the life story of international show jumping legend Harry deLeyer, whose career was launched by his famous show jumping horse Snowman​.​ Tickets for premiere reserved seating, complimentary wine bar, sweets and treats, and more are $125 per person. Tickets with reserved seating, food and wine are $75; tickets for open seating are $25 per person. Tickets are available online at snowman.eventbrite.com.

▪  On March 26, Friends of McConnell Springs, 416 Rebmann Lane, will have the annual wine barrel tasting from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sample wine at 16 participating wineries around the Bluegrass for $20 per person. Tickets are available at any participating winery; many will have food options available, too. Call 859-327-9800 for more information. Grimes Mill Winery will have Athenian Grill’s food truck there. Visit: mcconnellsprings.org.

▪  Lockbox at 21c Museum Hotel, 167 West Main Street, is now offering breakfast 7 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday. The menu from chef Jonathan Searle includes house-made granola with Greek yogurt, vanilla and local honey; steel-cut oatmeal with brown butter streusel, dried fruit and toasted almonds; fresh fruit smoothie; seasonal fruit salad; egg white frittata; fresh baked breads; egg sandwich; poached eggs; buttermilk pancakes and more. Call 859-898-6800 for more information. Reservations available online at 21cmuseumhotels.com/lexington.

▪  Fazoli’s has launched a new menu that includes sandwiches such as the turkey mozzarella fresco, turkey club classico, primo Italiano, and meatball da Vinci, as well as more pastas, all served with fresh hot breadsticks.

▪  Coba Cocina, 2041 Richmond Road, is celebrating the restaurant’s third anniversary on March 18. All diners that day get a complimentary birthday cake flavored gelato. Call 859-523-8484 for more information.

▪  Green BEAN Delivery, the region’s largest online natural and organic grocery delivery service, has expanded to three new Kentucky communities: Shelbyville, Georgetown and Frankfort. Residents within the delivery area can register now at greenbeandelivery.com/spring2016 to receive weekly or bi-weekly deliveries. Green BEAN also delivers in Lexington and greater Louisville.

▪  Capital Cellars Wine and Spirits Cafe Market, 227 West Broadway in Frankfort, will host a Saint Paddy’s Day Food and Music event 6 to 8 p.m. March 17 with corned beef and cabbage, and live Irish folk music. All proceeds benefit Hope Lutheran Church in Frankfort.

▪  Bour-Bon, 616 Main Street in Paris, will have a special St. Patrick’s Day menu featuring Guinness beer from 5:30 to 9 p.m. March 17-19. Call 859-987-1662 for more information.

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