Lexington restaurateur Wayne Masterman, who owns Portofino on Main Street and Serafini in Frankfort, is opening a new seafood and steak restaurant in the former home of Atomic Café, 265 North Limestone. Atomic Café closed in September after 23 years.
“It will be an upscale casual restaurant specializing in fish, with almost the same menu and décor as in Miami Beach,” Masterman said. Portofino and Serafini are staying open.
He anticipates opening Grillfish in August. The restaurant is a sister to the Grillfish in Miami Beach, Masterman said. Grillfish founder Kenny Pittman is a partner in this one, too. The menu will feature fresh seafood, steaks and chops, salads, pasta, desserts, wine and cocktails.
▪ Mark your calendars: The Peach Truck will be back in Kentucky with Georgia peaches in the last week of July. The full freestone tour schedule is online at Thepeachtruck.com. The truck will be in Lexington from noon to 1:30 p.m. July 27 at King’s Gardens, 4560 Nicholasville Road. If you’re wondering what you can do with all those peaches, try their simple recipe for frozen lemonade peach pops: vigorously mix 2 cups peeled, pitted and diced fresh peaches, 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice and 1/4 cup sugar. Pour into molds and freeze overnight. It makes six to eight pops.
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▪ College Heights Ale, brewed under the direction of Alltech’s Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. brew masters at College Heights Brewery on the campus of Western Kentucky University, is now available in six-pack bottles in stores across Kentucky. The American Pale Ale is from the first production and packaging craft brewery on a college campus.
▪ Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, will introduce its petite sirah from 1 to 5 p.m. July 30. The event is free. Nibbles will be available; live music from 3 to 5 p.m. Call 859-543-9691 for information.
▪ On July 30, Maker’s Mark will host a literal farm-to-table event with Volare Ristorante chef Josh Moore. Participants will board buses (either from Lexington or Louisville) that will take guests to Moore’s home for a tour of his garden, and then to the distillery in Loretto, where he’ll make dinner. Tickets are $175 each; book online at Makersmark.com.
▪ J. Render’s Southern Table & Bar, 3191 Beaumont Centre Circle, has added appetizer and drink specials for a daily happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily, and half-price bottles of wine on Wednesdays. J. Render’s has live music and a late-night happy hour from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 859-533-9777.
▪ LemonAiD Days, the Salvation Army’s annual July fundraiser to combat child homelessness, is in its 10th year. If your kids or kids’ group are interested in operating a LemonAiD stand, register online at Ky.salvationarmy.org, or call Andrea Kaler at 859-252-7706, Ext. 112.
In 2015, the Lexington Salvation Army sheltered 407 homeless children and their parents. Last year, more than 500 young people registered to have a lemonade stand and raised more than $50,000 for homeless children. A grand finale is planned for 5 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Lexington Legends’ Whitaker Bank Ballpark. At the finale, participating children will be given a free ticket to the Legends game, get a free T-shirt from Walgreens and be treated to a fireworks display.
▪ The Brown Hotel’s English Grill has added chef de cuisine Andrew Welenken and manager Troy Ritchie to its restaurant team. Welenken worked with Brown Hotel executive chef Josh Bettis to update 1920s menu items. Welenken comes to the Brown Hotel after several years as executive chef at Buck’s Restaurant and a stint at hip East End outpost The Goat. The English Grill is open 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For information or to make reservations, call 502-583-1234 or go to Brownhotel.com.