Kasi Sato and her father, Lynn Alexander, are bringing a little bit of Texas to Keene.
They opened Dixie Café two weeks ago at 108 Keene-South Elkhorn Road in Jessamine County. The small café was named for Alexander's mother, who owned a café in Texas in the late '40s and early '50s.
"We've incorporated a bunch of our home recipes," Sato said. "We both like to cook, and this is something we can do together."
The menu features breakfast burritos, gravy and biscuits, homemade soups, corn muffins, sandwiches, enchiladas, Texas chili and buffalo burgers. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 885-0191.
Murrays' opens its patio
It's springtime, Keeneland is open, and so is the patio at Murrays'. "We're having a party," Jennifer Murray said. There will be random giveaways throughout the evening while guests enjoy the outdoor fireplace and fountain. Jon Curtis and Lauren Mink will entertain from 7 to 11 p.m. Murrays' is at 3955 Harrodsburg Road. Call (859) 219-9922.
New menu at a la lucie
A la lucie, 159 North Limestone, has a new menu for spring and the Keeneland meet. Items include French-cut veal chop, chicken pot pie without the pie, chicken and sausage "lollipops," oyster shooters, and steak and onion rings. Call (859) 252-5277 or go to www.alalucie.com.
Polo's has a new chef
Rob Bond is the new chef at Polo's Restaurant at The Hilton Suites, 245 Lexington Green Circle. Bond was trained at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and has worked at Tower Club in McLean, Va.; Escafe in Charlottesville, Va.; and the former Mansion at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Jonathan at Gratz Park in Lexington. An Easter brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 271-7102.
Get your reservations in
Restaurants and bakeries are accepting reservations and orders for Easter brunch and baked goodies.
■ Brown's Bakery, 1397 West Main Street, is baking hot cross buns, dinner rolls and sugar cookies for your Easter dinner. Call (859) 225-8400 or go to www.brownsbakery.com.
■ Friday is the deadline for ordering bunny bread, hot cross buns and Virginia rolls for Easter from Great Harvest Bakery. Locations are Palomar Centre, (859) 223-7603, and Idle Hour Center,(859) 266-2915, or go to www.greatharvestlexington.com.
■ The holiday buffet at Country Cookin' by George, 1801 Alexandria Drive, will feature baked ham, roast beef, coconut shrimp and salmon patties. The cost is $8.95. Call (859) 276-0001.
■ Duggans American Grill, 133 East Main Street in Midway, now is open Sundays and will serve brunch on Easter. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (859) 846-4373 or go to www.duggansmidway.com.
■ Furlongs now is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays, and on Easter, it will serve brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Saturdays during April, the restaurant at 735 East Main Street will have a live crawfish boil. Call (859) 266-9000 or go to www.furlongs.com.
■ Mediterranean specialties are on the Easter menu at Petra Mediterranean Bar and Grill, 116 Marketplace Drive. The buffet will be served from noon to 4 p.m. Call (859) 272-0044or go to www.petrainlex.com.
■ Three Suns Bistro will serve an Easter buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $25 for adults. Locations are 298 East Brannon Road in Brannon Crossing, (859) 245-0048, and Lone Oak Country Club, 44 Country Club Lane, Nicholasville, (859) 881-1600.
■ Triangle Grille at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown, 369 West Vine Street, will serve an Easter brunch buffet from10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be breakfast items, made-to-order omelettes, a carving station with prime rib and leg of lamb, and a dessert table. The cost is $28.95. Call (859) 281-3773 or go to www.trianglegrille.com.