Food & Drink

Sports lounge becomes cantina/tequila bar

Locally raised honey is among the  offerings at Bluegrass Farmers Market.
Locally raised honey is among the offerings at Bluegrass Farmers Market.

Hef's Sports Lounge will take on a Southwestern flavor when it becomes Blue Agave Cantina and Tequila Bar on Saturday.

Owners Chris Heflin, Tony Mancuso and Robert Garrison are making the transition from basic pub fare to the spicy and fresh flavors of Mexico and the American Southwest. Heflin's mother, Sandy, who runs a catering business in Nashville, is helping them bring a new concept to Lexington.

To celebrate the changeover, a salsa and Latin dance party will be at 10 p.m. Saturday at The Loft. Blue Agave and The Loft are in Victorian Square on Main Street and Broadway. Call (859) 797-3112.

Duggan's is done; Jimmy D's is back

Duggan's in Midway has closed. But Jimmy Duggan is simply moving across the street and opening Jimmy D's Italian Kitchen in the former Depot spot on Main Street.

"The new place will be much more casual and have better pricing," Duggan said. "Entrees are from $10 to $15, bringing affordable dining to Midway. It will be southern Italian with homemade marinara, eggplant, lasagna, veal Parmesan, chicken marsala, chicken saltimbocca. We will have a full bar and a beautiful private patio."

The opening will be in September.

Duggan previously owned Jimmy D's East Coast Café in Lexington's Meadowthorpe neighborhood. That closed in the spring.

The fish is in the fryer

American Legion Man o' War Post No. 8 will have a fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at 1230 Man o' War Place, one block off South Broadway at Legion Drive. Cost is $5 in advance or $6 at the door, and $3 for children younger than 12. Call (859) 252-0022.

100 years and still serving

Fava's Restaurant in Georgetown is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a street party Thursday.

Main Street, from Mulberry Street to Broadway, will be closed from 5 to 9 p.m., and the restaurant will serve hamburgers and hot dogs and have a contest to see who can eat the most frickles (fried pickles). Call (502) 863-4383.

You can't have too many cooks

Equus Restaurant in Louisville is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a barbecue bash Sunday. Chef/owner Dean Corbett has invited nine of his chef friends to celebrate this milestone.

Among them are five Louisville chefs who have been part of the Equus team, past and present: Finbar Kinsella of Lilly's, Chris Howerton of Corbett's, Dan Thomas of Jefferson County Public Schools, Greg Graft of Grateful Greens, and Dallas McGarity of Equus and Jack's Lounge.

Also featured are Ellen Gill of Science Hill Inn, Shelbyville; Ouita Michel of Holly Hill Inn, Midway; and Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia and Anthony Lamas of Seviche, both in Louisville. The buffet-style event will feature a smorgasbord of barbecue and Southern side dishes. The cost is $50. Equus is at 122 Sears Avenue. Call (502) 897-9721 or go to

A meeting of surf and turf

The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue, is serving prime rib and fresh Maine lobster Friday and Saturday. Also featured are Tuscan red wine-braised pork cheeks over house-made pasta. Call (859) 226-0300.

Here's to Indonesia

Orchid Flower, 3090 Old Todds Road, will celebrate Indonesian independence day this weekend. A vegetarian- and vegan-friendly menu will be served from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 543-1126.

Back-to-school brunch

Keene Run Golf Club, 5600 Harrodsburg Road, is having a back-to-school brunch Sunday. The menu features an eggs Benedict bar, hand-dipped fried chicken, carved steamship beef, pastries, salads and vegetables. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $19.95 for adults and $9.50 for children younger than 13. For reservations, call DaRae and Friends Catering, (859) 272-8003.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market has corn, tomatoes, peppers, squash, green beans, potatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, okra, jams, honey, baked goods, herbs, 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