Food & Drink

New Midway drugstore brings back the soda fountain

Local peaches are big and tasty this season. Reed Valley Orchard in Paris picked one that weighed 2.14 pounds.
Local peaches are big and tasty this season. Reed Valley Orchard in Paris picked one that weighed 2.14 pounds.

Midway now has a drugstore with an old- fashioned soda fountain.

The Railroad Drug and Old Time Soda Fountain will serve shakes, malts, sundaes and banana splits at its grand opening celebration Friday. The store, 115 East Main Street, is owned by pharmacist Ken Glass and his wife, Amanda.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 846-4146 or go to

Hyatt opens redesigned bar, grill

BlueFire Bar & Grill is open in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency, 401 West High Street. BlueFire's menu features traditional Southern foods prepared in contemporary ways, using ingredients from local farms and area craft beers and bourbons. Dishes include Kentucky-raised bison steak, bourbon-glazed salmon, Kentucky burgoo and mint julep crème brûlée.

BlueFire replaces the Glass Garden. Call (859) 253-1234 or go to

A peach of a harvest

Local peaches are "huge and tasty" this summer, growers Trudie Reed and Susie Boyd said. They want customers to know that some of the peaches at their orchards weigh about a pound each.

Reed and her husband, Dana, owners of Reed Valley Orchard, 239 Lail Lane, Paris, picked a peach that weighed 2.14 pounds. Boyd and her husband, Terry, own Boyd Orchards, 1396 Pinckard Pike in Versailles, and they've picked several peaches that weigh close to a pound. Susie Boyd said there are plenty of peaches this year.

Boyds has Friday fish night and Saturday barbecue from 5 to 9 p.m. Call (859) 873-3097 or go to

Greentree menu reflects season

The August menu for Greentree Tearoom features light and summery fare. Included are chilled cantaloupe soup, Asiago scone with herbed cream cheese and tomato chutney, baked pear with blue cheese entree salad, coconut buttermilk cupcakes and Key lime pie. Luncheon tea is served at noon Wednesday through Saturday; afternoon tea is at 3 p.m. Saturday. Greentree is at 521 West Short Street. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to

Quick bites

■ Akielo Temple No. 128 Daughters of the Nile is having its annual corn boil from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Oleika Shrine Center, 326 Southland Drive. The menu includes corn on the cob, green beans, coleslaw, sliced tomatoes, corn bread, ham and dessert for $8, $3 for children younger than 10.

■ Jonathan at Gratz Park will showcase Capriole artisan goat cheeses and Newsom's Kentucky country ham at a four-course dinner Thursday. Capriole cheesemaker Judy Schad and Newsom's "ham lady," Nancy Newsom, will discuss their products. Cost is $40. Call (859) 252-4949. Jonathan is at 120 West Second Street.

■ Orchid Flower Indonesian Restaurant and Sushi Bar is serving special tofu dinners through Sunday. Included are tofu satay skewers and lightly fried tofu. The restaurant is at 3090 Old Todds Road. Call (859) 543-1126

■ Wingspan Gallery, 119 Jefferson Street, will reopen for dinner next week. Owners Livia Theodoli-Wing and Carleton Wing are back from a sabbatical and are reinstating their weekly dinners. On Thursday, the menu will feature beef tenderloin with a bourbon reduction or pan-seared salmon on a bed of fresh corn. The prix fixe dinner is $40. Wingspan now has a liquor license. Call (859) 225-5765or go to

■ Summer specials at Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway, include som tum pak, a version of a classic Thai salad; larb gai, a light chicken salad in a lime vinaigrette; and garden vegetables in a garlic sauce. Call (859) 288-2170 or go to

■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is featuring a tapas menu with wine pairings this weekend. An eight-course menu is $75 with wine, $45 without. Call (859) 226-0300.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market has local corn, tomatoes, peppers, squash, green beans, potatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, okra, herb seasoning, berries and melons. The market is at 3450 Richmond Road in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Go to