Food & Drink

New restaurant/nightclub opens up, way up

Baker's 360 is open in downtown Lexington on the top floor of the Chase Bank building.

Formerly the Lafayette Club, the space at 201 East Main Street is now a restaurant and nightclub.

Tony Efstratiadis is the chef, and he's serving a contemporary steakhouse menu with sushi and seafood dishes. Included are dry-aged, bone-in cowboy rib-eyes; jumbo lump crab cakes with seviche of poached shrimp; seared pork loin lollipops; and a raw bar.

Efstratiadis attended Johnson & Wales University Culinary Arts program in Providence, R.I., and he has worked at restaurants in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Louisville, Cincinnati (with the Jeff Ruby Group) and San Antonio.

Restaurant hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The nightclub opens at 10 p.m. Call (859) 523 7797.

Another day to celebrate

The Derby takes priority this weekend, but you can continue to party Tuesday for Cinco de Mayo.

■ The specials at Durango's include jumbo grilled shrimp in creamy lobster sauce for $9.95, and steak or chicken burritos for $7.75. They're available through Tuesday. Durango's is at 2121 Richmond Road. Call (859) 268-0723.

■ The party at Winchell's, 348 Southland Drive, will feature a Mexican menu that includes posole stew, pork tamales and fish tacos. Call (859) 278-9424 or go to

■ Good Foods Café, 455 Southland Drive, will serve a Mexican buffet from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. It will include spinach torta, veggie tamales, frijoles refritos con queso, papas con jalapeño, and pescado empanizado. Call (859) 278-1813 or go to

Going public

Frank Bickel and Annette Jett are taking over the restaurant at The Signature Club of Lansdowne and opening it to the public.

Franky & Annette's will serve resort-style cuisine when it opens May 20.

Bickel and Jett, owners of Annette's Catering and Annette's City Café, will serve brunch at The Signature Club from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mother's Day. The club is at 3256 Lansdowne Drive. Call (859) 296-6444 or go to or

A stately occasion

Derby Day in Kentucky begins with breakfast on the grounds of the state Capitol, and the winners at this event are Kentucky Proud foods. Kentucky-made sauces, sweets, cheeses, herbs and mushrooms will be sold during the event, and the menu features Penn's Country Ham, Purnell's sausage and assorted muffins made with Weisenberger Mill flour. Breakfast items are $1 each. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon.

In the fields vs. the infield

You can celebrate the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby by sipping wine and hanging out with other wine lovers at Lovers Leap Vineyards on Saturday. Pack a picnic and watch the races on a wide-screen TV at the vineyard, 1180 Lanes Mill Road, Lawrenceburg. Call (502) 839-1299 or go to

Try some tastes

Village Vineyard, 4379 Old Harrodsburg Road, will celebrate its third anniversary with a Derby-inspired wine tasting from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Samples of Maker's Mark's mint juleps and Dad's Favorites cheese spreads also will be available. Call (859) 389-6719.

Hometown spirits

The Thoroughbred Shop, 2005 Versailles Road, is sampling Lexington-made Pure Blue vodka from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Call (859) 254-0358 or go to

Farmers markets reports

The Woodford County Farmers Market will open Saturday in downtown Versailles at the courthouse square. Hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fresh Bibb lettuce, mint for juleps, bedding plants, pork, beef, jams and jellies will be available.

■ The Bluegrass Farmers Market will have free-range eggs, herb seasonings, dried tomatoes, asparagus, rhubarb, green onions, bedding plants (both vegetable and flowers), raspberry and blackberry plants, hanging baskets of lettuces and flowers, tropical plants, baked goods, and jelly and jam. The market is open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 3450 Richmond Road, in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet Bike Shop and Fast Signs.