The building that housed Lexington's first McDonald's, at 771 East New Circle Road near Eastland Parkway, is the bright red home of Old Kentucky BBQ.
For their new venture, owners Jamie Wallace and Max Schwartz have gutted the place, which has been a number of different restaurants.
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"They are smoking ribs, beef brisket, pork, chicken and turkey legs. Everything is smoked with applewood," Wallace said. Side items are baked beans, slaw, green beans, potato salad and corn muffins. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (859) 294-5377.
Distillery shows off its first product
Barrel House Distilling Co. will have a tasting of its first product, Pure Blue vodka, from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Thoroughbred Shop, 2005 Versailles Road. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each bottle will go to the Town Branch Trail project, a local effort to revitalize the Town Branch of the Elkhorn Creek. Barrel House is at 1200 Manchester Street. Call (859) 259-0159 or go to www.barrelhousedistillery.com.
Stonefence Bistro, 730 Main Street in Paris, is serving dinner specials on Saturday with entertainment by saxophonist Cliff Martin. The menu features surf 'n' turf, red pepper bow tie Alfredo, Guinness beef stew, fried frog legs and salmon. Call (859) 987-1990.
A place to go on Christmas Eve
Cheapside Bar and Grill, 131 Cheapside, will open at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve. "We will be celebrating Christmas this year by giving out Secret Santa gift cards, discounts for purchases made in January and February," owner Robin Campbell said. Call (859) 254-0046 or go to www.cheapsidebarandgrill.com.
Open more for the holidays
Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street in Midway, is normally closed Mondays and Tuesdays but will open next week for holiday lunches and dinners. Call (859) 846-4732 or go to www.hollyhillinn.com.
Christmas comes early to Campbell's
Campbell's in Paris, 519 Main Street, is serving Christmas dinner from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday. The menu includes prime rib, crab-stuffed halibut, quail and rack of lamb. Call (859) 987-5164.
Mai Thai is on the move
The wrecking ball soon will tear down the building at 921 South Limestone that Mai Thai has called home, but the restaurant will reopen in February in its new location, 130 West Tiverton Way. Friday will be the last day on South Limestone. Call (859) 231-0366.
Giving fruitcake a good name
Blue Grass Baking Co., 3101 Clays Mill Road, in Stonewall Shopping Center, is on a mission to "give fruitcake a good name," owner Jim Betts said. "We have a good version, and customers can ask for samples."
Holiday specials are stollen, cranberry raisin bread, jam cake and bûche de Noël. The bakery will be open until 4 p.m. Dec 24. Call (859) 296-0581.
Rossi's, 1060 Chinoe Road, is offering holiday specials through December on stone crab legs and fresh oysters. Bar specials are available from 5 to 7 p.m. daily. Call (859) 335-8788 or go to www.rossis-restaurant.com.
Making a case for its baskets
Wallace Station, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike in Versailles, is preparing gift baskets for holiday giving. Included are bourbon jam cake, chocolate treat box (truffles, buckeyes and bonbons), cookie box, Nancy's Fancy cheddar crisps, Country Rock sorghum and a Christmas storybook by Midway author Bob Rouse. The cost is $75. Call (859) 846-5161. The order deadline is Tuesday.