Food & Drink

Jazzman morphs into Barton’s, serving steaks and seafood

In August, the Jazzman restaurant opened in Winchester, then closed within days. Owner Bart Mahan changed the concept from barbecue to a steakhouse and reopened it as Barton's earlier this month.

Barton's serves wood-fired steaks, seafood and pasta.

“Our cuisine is fresh. We prepare our own sauces, dips and dressings,” general manager Wesley Bunch said.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 744-6500. Barton's is at 120 April Way, next to Walmart.

A bar of her own

Ramona Thompson, formerly of Al's Bar, has opened her own place, 805 Allsports, 805 North Broadway.

The menu features hot Browns; sandwiches; and daily lunch specials that include chicken and dumplings, corned beef and cabbage, pork roast, country ribs and fried perch. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 420-0561.

Flown in from Florida

Lexington Seafood Co., 867 East High Street, is receiving a shipment of stone crab claws from South Florida three times a week. The store makes a mustard sauce to go with them. Call (859) 266-8888.

Thanksgiving's not over yet

This week, Stonefence Bistro, 730 Main Street in Paris, will serve dinner on Friday and Saturday but not lunch. The menu includes Cornish hen, turkey and dressing, broiled salmon and fettuccine carbonara, Guinness beef stew, and complimentary warm cider and eggnog. This is Stonefence's second Thanksgiving celebration; children eat for $2. The restaurant opens at 4 p.m. Call (859) 987-1990.

Finer wines by the glass

Natasha's Bistro & Bar completes its expansion into entertainment with the opening of the bar on Friday. The new Natasha's has Lexington's first wine-preservation system by Winekeeper.

“By employing nitrogen gas preservation technology, the cuvee systems allow restaurants to offer finer reserve wines by the glass and by the taste instead of limiting those sales to bottle only,” co- owner Gene Williams said. “The costs are usually prohibitive, with most restaurants opting to limit wine by the glass to everyday wines. This is a Lexington first, third for the state of Kentucky.”

Natasha's is at 112 Esplanade. Call (859) 259-2754 or go to

A new chef at Le Deauville

Taste the creations of Jacques Zagouri, the new chef at Le Deauville, with a prix fixe menu that's served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. daily. Guests can choose from three appetizers and three main courses for $22.95. Call (859) 246-0999.

Offering its Holiday Best

For a limited time, Abuelo's, 3395 Nicholasville Road, is offering a Holiday Best menu. Included are filete chipotle with blue cheese; wood-grilled beef tenderloin medallions with a spicy, chipotle cream sauce; filete champiñones, wood-grilled beef tenderloin medallions in a mushroom burgundy wine sauce and topped with roasted poblano peppers; and chocolate flan for dessert. Call (859) 971-0922 or go to

Santa's coming to brunch

Santa will be at Annette's City Café and Event Center for brunch Dec. 6. The event benefits Growing Together Preschool. Seatings will be at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Activities include cookie decorating, crafts, and pictures with Santa. The cost is $30 for adults, $15 for children ages 3 to 12. Annette's is at 431 Old Vine Street. Call (859) 296-6444 or go to

Coney Island in winter

Detroit Famous Coney Island, 825 Lane Allen Road, has new winter hours. The restaurant is open 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 278-3982.

Doodle's adds weekend hours

Doodle's, 262 North Limestone, now is open for beignets and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Other winter hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Call (859) 317-8507.

A visit to Botanica

Botanica, 6327 Old Richmond Road, is having a holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Wreath-making demonstrations will be at 11 a.m. and 1 and 4 p.m. Learn to make bows at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 4 p.m. Children can make ornaments throughout the day. Call (859) 263-4530.