Food & Drink

Renovations turn Quirk Café into 815 Prime

A new restaurant in Midway, 815 Prime, was born because its building needed renovating.

When Sarah and Rob Vandegrift bought Quirk Café in 2007, they leased the space that at one time was a hardware store. "The electrical capacity in the building wasn't sufficient," Sarah Vandegrift said, "so we purchased the building in 2008 and upgraded the electric, and have been renovating and upgrading ... ever since."

Last year, they renovated the basement, which had been a bookstore for years, and created a full-service pub called Tavern 815. "When the renovations were complete, we ... realized we had a totally different restaurant and we needed a totally different chef and a totally different name to match the extraordinary changes," she said.

They hired Nicolas Trueblood, a Boston native and formerly of The Mansion at Griffin Gate, as executive chef. He calls his menu "contemporary American cuisine with a European flair."

Lunch is served Wednesday through Sunday, and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. The restaurant is at 131 Main Street. Call (859) 846-4688 or go to

Special events

The 6 Friends Café, 191 Kentucky Avenue, is sponsoring a benefit/concert/silent auction for Stephanie Lynn Padgett's family from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Musicians Sylvia Villegas will entertain at 6:30 and Andrea Wirth at 8:30. Call (859) 309-0123. Donations will be accepted in lieu of a cover charge to help the Padgett family pay the funeral expenses of Chase and McKenna Padgett, who died May 31 in a traffic accident in Danville. Fifty percent of all café proceeds Saturday will be given to the family. Donations also may be made to the Stephanie Lynn Padgett benefit fund at Chase Bank.

Also, Bourbon n' Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue, will donate 20 percent of its proceeds Wednesday to the family. Call (859) 335-0300.

The Crossroad on Southland, 286 Southland Drive, is having a pancake breakfast fund-raiser from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday for Lafayette Football Boosters. Chef/owner Steve Atkins will prepare pancakes, sausage and fresh-squeezed orange juice. "This also will serve as a kick-off to our weekend breakfast service," Atkins said. Starting Sunday, breakfast hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (859) 309-3904.

Winchell's, 348 Southland Drive, is having its annual lobster boil Wednesday, with New England clam chowder, whole Maine lobster, corn on the cob, new potatoes and fruit cobbler. Hours are 9 to 4:30 p.m. Call (859) 278-9424.

New on the menu

Hanna's on Lime will feature a farmers market special on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Chef/owner Beth Hanna will present six items selected from Tuesday's market. The cost is $7.95. Hanna's is at 214 South Limestone, with parking available in the adjacent Calvary Baptist Church lot. Call (859) 252-6264. Delivery is available.

Farmers market report

Bluegrass Farmers Market will have tomatoes, blueberries, green beans, eggs, lettuce, kale, zucchini, rhubarb, onions, herb seasoning, jams, baked goods, cut flowers and floral hanging baskets.

Lexington Farmers Market has summer squash and zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, peppers, onions, sugar snap peas, raspberries, Southern peaches, fresh pasta, artisan breads and desserts, Abigail's locust honey, sorghum, bicycle-powered smoothies, sorbetto, fresh flowers, bedding plants and hanging baskets.