Lexington Restaurant Week returns, MaiThai moves to Southland Drive

LexGo Eat visits Parkette drive-in

The LexGo Eat team spoke with Parkette co-owner Randy Kaplan and sampled their version of the Hot Brown burger that was featured on the Rachel Ray show as a finalist.
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The LexGo Eat team spoke with Parkette co-owner Randy Kaplan and sampled their version of the Hot Brown burger that was featured on the Rachel Ray show as a finalist.

The popular Lexington Restaurant Week is returning July 21 to 30. More than 40 local eateries will offer special $26 multi-course meals.

Participating restaurants include Al’s Bar, Athenian Grill, Azur, Bella Notte, Brasabana, Charlie Brown’s, Chatham’s, Cheapside, Clawdaddy’s, Coles 735 Main, Columbia Steakhouse, County Club, Crust, Le Deauville, Distilled at Gratz Park, Doodles, Dudley’s on Short, Enoteca, The Grey Goose of Lexington, The Grey Goose of Midway, Holly Hill Inn, JDI Grille & Tavern, Josie’s, The Julep Cup, The Ketch Seafood Grill, Life Brewpub, Magee’s Bakery, Malone’s, Merrick Inn, Mezzo of Midway, Minglewood, Palmers Fresh Grill, Pasta Garage Italian Cafe, Portofino, Sabio, Sal’s, Saul Good Restaurant & Pub, Stella’s Kentucky Deli, Table Three Ten, The Upstart Crow, Willie’s Locally Know, Windy Corner Market, and Wines on Vine.

This year, $1 of the meal price goes to LexArts.

▪  MaiThai, 130 West Tiverton Way, is moving. Owner and chef Jeerasak Nontapan said the restaurant will close later this month and reopen Aug. 1 at 304 Southland Drive, formerly the home of BlueGrass Nurse Aide Training Center. The menu will remain the same, with a few original additions, he said. Call 859-231-0366 for more information.

▪  Wine Spectator has announced winners of the 2016 Restaurant Awards, which highlight eateries with outstanding wine selections. Several Kentucky restaurants were honored, including The Julep Cup Restaurant & Seahorse Lounge, 111 Woodland Avenue; Portofino, 249 East Main Street; Dudley’s on Short, 259 West Short Street; Malone’s, 3347 Tates Creek Road; Sal’s Chophouse, 3373 Tates Creek Road; OBC Kitchen, 3373 Tates Creek Road; Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway; Serafini, 243 West Broadway in Frankfort; Corbett’s, 5050 Norton Healthcare Boulevard in Louisville; Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 6100 Dutchmans Lane in Louisville; The English Grill in the Brown Hotel, 335 West Broadway in Louisville; Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, 325 West Main Street in Louisville; The Oakroom at the Seelbach Hotel, 500 South Fourth Street in Louisville; and Morton’s, The Steakhouse, 626 West Main Street in Louisville.

▪  Brown-Forman’s Early Times Kentucky Whiskey has produced a film in partnership with K9s For Warriors, a nonprofit committed to training service dogs for veterans suffering from trauma resulting from military service. The documentary, Reinforcements, aims to raise awareness and support for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Reinforcements follows the transformational journey of Travis Davis — a retired Army corporal struggling with PTSD — as he adjusts to civilian life with the help of Joe Swoboda — a retired Army sergeant first class — and his service dog companion, Lilly.

Earlier this year, Early Times donated more than $100,000 to K9s For Warriors to pay for training for five warrior/service dog teams. As another part of the multi-year campaign, veterans at the Brown-Forman Cooperage created custom barrel doghouses for service dogs, and the brand has invited anyone 21 and older to help K9s For Warriors name the five sponsored service dogs. Fans can suggest their favorite names on the Early Times Facebook page through August.

Reinforcements has been accepted into the Louisville International Festival of Film, scheduled for October, and will tour the film festival circuit in the coming months. The documentary will be made available for public viewing later in 2016. The film’s trailer can be viewed online at

▪  Le Deauville French Bistro, 199 North Limestone, will celebrate Bastille Day on July 16 with a dinner menu including special cocktails and dishes starting at 5 p.m., and petanque and live music. Call 859-246-0999 for reservations.

▪  Alfalfa, 141 East Main Street, will celebrate Australian cuisine on July 13 for International Night. From 5:30 to 9 p.m., you can get seafood kebabs, macadamia chicken, summer bolognese linguine, vegetable pie, and vegetable rissole sliders. Next Wednesday: Central American night.

▪  Chef Mark Wombles of Distilled at Gratz Park will be the featured chef at the Versailles-themed Chew Dinner on July 13 at the Barn at Springhouse Gardens. Tickets are $50; order them online at The next event will be Sept. 21 at The Livery, featuring chef John Foster of The Sage Rabbit. The final event in the series will be Nov. 16 at Manchester Music Hall, featuring chef Janey Thompson of Dupree Catering.

▪  Glean KY is hosting the fourth annual Burgers & Beats fundraiser at Wallace Station from 5 to 8 p.m. July 17. The event features food by chef Ouita Michel and her crew, live music by The Swells, a silent auction and games for kids. Tickets are $45. Buy them online at, email Ben Southworth at or call 859-444-4769.

Founded in 2010, the nonprofit GleanKy has saved more than 950,000 pounds of produce from the waste pile and distributed the produce to people and groups who feed Central Kentucky’s hungry.

▪  Belle’s Cocktail House, 156 Market Street, is hosting a pork-heavy event, Butts, Bellies, Bourbon and Beer, 7:30 to 9 p.m. July 22. Tickets are $50, available at Chef Jonathan Lundy will prepare the food. Bourbons featured include Stagg Jr. and E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof; beers will come from Country Boy. Part of the proceeds will benefit Bluegrass Conservancy.

▪  Janet Patton is on vacation; LexGo Eat will return July 27.