Food & Drink

Gumbo Ya Ya closes downtown; Bunk's Burgers going out on its own

The Julep Cup's Brandon Ginter will work with celebrity chefs at the Games.
The Julep Cup's Brandon Ginter will work with celebrity chefs at the Games.

A Cajun restaurant closes, and a burger place is looking for a larger location.

The second Gumbo Ya Ya, which opened last October at 367 East Main Street, has closed. You can still get your Cajun favorites at the original location, 1080 South Broadway. Call (859) 252-9292.

Bunk's Burgers, which opened in October at Two Keys Tavern, 333 South Limestone, has closed at that location. According to, Bunk's is in the process of opening a freestanding store.

European Food Mart

Europeans who are hungry for authentic sausages, candies and cookies from their homelands can find many of the items at the new European Food Mart, 4013 Nicholasville Road.

The grocery, owned by Yuri Selepima, is in Tiverton Plaza and sells items from Bulgaria, Bosnia, Russia and Ukraine. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 940-9548.

Ale and hearty

The Hilary J. Boone Center, 510 Rose Street, is having its second annual International Ale and Food Tasting on Thursday. More than 50 beers will be available, including craft beers such as Erie Brewing Co.'s Railbender and Derailed black cherry, and Pyramid apricot-flavored wheat beer.

The menu features sushi, Spanish-style ribs, fried chicken drumsticks, mini grass-fed beef burgers, beer cheese with bourbon barrel ale, and chocolate stout tiramisu. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $20, $10 for Boone Center and Spindletop Hall members. The cost at the door is $30. Call (859) 257-1133.

The Julep Cup's got Games

Brandon Ginter, chef at The Julep Cup, is participating in the Celebrity Chef Dinner Series at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. He will be working with Joseph Lenn, chef at The Inn at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn., and Nancy Oakes, chef at Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco.

On weekends leading up to the Sept. 25 start of the Games, The Julep Cup will feature specials selected from the cookbooks of these James Beard Award-winning restaurants. This weekend, Boulevard specials will be featured and include cauliflower soup with Maine lobster, pan roasted fresh sockeye salmon and lemon meringue icebox cake. The Swinging Shepherds will entertain. Call (859) 226-0300.

Harvest time with Holly Hill

The fifth annual Holly Hill Inn harvest dinner will feature just-picked vegetables from Lee Ann and Richard Jones' Happy Jack Pumpkin Farm that will be grilled on site.

The dinner will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Happy Jack's, 966 Hickman Hill Road, Frankfort.

The menu includes Bluegrass chicken, goat cheese baked in tomato basil coulis, eggplant caviar, greased pig (Stone Cross Farm bacon, Kenny's Barren County bleu cheese and Happy Jack's heirloom tomatoes), sweet-corn salad, Richard's fire-roasted potatoes with bacon and onion, and watermelon with lime and honey. In case of rain, the meal will be served at Holly Hill Inn, 426 North Winter Street, Midway. The cost is $40. Call (859) 846-4732.

Quick bites

■ Winchell's is having a lobster boil from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday. The cost is $24.99 for a whole lobster with new potatoes and corn on the cob, or $29.99 for a three-course meal that includes New England clam chowder, whole lobster with sides, and fruit cobbler. Winchell's is at 348 Southland Drive. Call (859) 278-9424.

■ Great Harvest Bread Co. is serving freshly made gazpacho on Fridays and Saturdays in August. Pumpernickel is the newest bread the bakers are making. Great Harvest is at Palomar Centre, (859) 223-7603, and Idle Hour Shopping Center, (859) 266-2915.

■ The weekend special at Sutton's, 110 North Locust Hill Road, is slow roasted prime rib. Entertainment will be provided by Ernie Roberts on Friday, and Aug. 27, and Michael Golden on Saturday and Aug. 28. New on the lunch menu are meatball hoagie and signature sausage stromboli. Call (859) 268-2068.

■ Horseshoe Bend Vineyards, 1187 Lawson Lane, Willisburg, is having a harvest blessing at 5 p.m. Saturday. Afterward there will be Saturday sundaes featuring goldenrod peach sauce and cardinal raspberry sauce. The Rev. Karl Lusk of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Bardstown will officiate. Call (859) 375-0296 or go to