Food & Drink

Tidbits: Owner of Lexington's Grey Goose bar opens Blue Heron across the street

Sharon Thompson
Sharon Thompson

Birds of a feather are flocking together on Jefferson Street. The owner of The Grey Goose has opened a new bar, The Blue Heron, across the street from his popular pub.

"The Heron is a rustic little neighborhood bar that features a beautiful mahogany back bar built in the 1880s, a working fireplace around which are gathered a collection of leather club chairs and ottomans, and a one-of-a-kind centerpiece chandelier," said Jeff Wheeler, general manager of The Blue Heron.

It and The Grey Goose are owned by Keith Clark.

An extensive selection of bourbons is available along with hand-crafted cocktails made with freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, house-made syrups and infused liquors.

The bar, at 185 Jefferson Street, opens at 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and at noon Sunday. It's available for holiday parties. Call (859) 221-2357.


■ Just in time for holiday gift-giving, Ruth Hunt Candy Co. has doubled the retail space at its new location, 213 Walton Avenue.

The Mount Sterling candy factory, known for its Blue Monday candy bar, was founded in 1921, when Ruth Tharpe Hunt began selling her homemade confections from her home. She moved to a factory location in 1930, and the company still makes candy using Hunt's original recipes. An open house will be Dec. 3 to 7.

The Woodhill Plaza store has closed. The new store also has a full-service, official U.S. Post Office. Call (859) 268-1559 or go to

■ It's an all-new Lock and Key Café in Georgetown.

Colleen London opened the business as a café in 2006 in the former Bank of Georgetown building at 201 East Main Street. Over the years, the concept for the Lock and Key has changed a few times, and now it's back to a coffeehouse/café.

The chicken salad is still a specialty, and new items have been added to the breakfast and lunch menu. A daily special is available. Hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Call (502) 867-1972 or go to

Special events

Good Foods Market & Café, 455 Southland Drive, will serve a hot buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day. The cost is $7.99 a pound. Call (859) 278-1813. or go to

Chateau du Vieux Corbeau Winery in Danville will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Winemaker Dominique Brousseau will offer guided cellar tours at 1 and 4 p.m. She will explain the wine-creation process and discuss the various pieces of equipment she uses.

Brousseau also will release her newest wine creation, Trouble, named after one of her geese. "This white blended wine is sweet and subtle, and will sneak up to bite you on the bottom, just like its namesake," Andre Brousseau said.

The winery also will also offer refreshments, with recipe cards, using the Chateau's wines. The winery is at 471 Stanford Avenue. Call (859) 236-1775 or (859) 236-1808.

■ It's cold outside, but the cooks at Kathy's Country Kitchen in Clay City are grilling outdoors. On Friday and Saturday nights, the restaurant at 20 Black Creek Road is serving hand-cut prime rib, and rib-eye, New York strip and sirloin steaks with baked potato and salad. Prices range from $11.99 to $13.99. Call (606) 663-4179.

Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle in Beaumont Centre, is having a chef series dinner Wednesday. The Spanish-themed five-course meal is $55. Call (859) 296-1007 or go to

■ The Greek Dinner Night at Panagia Pantovasilissa Greek Orthodox Church, 920 Tates Creek Road, will be 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The menu features gyros and spanakopita, and wines from Horseshoe Bend Winery. Go to

Thanksgiving meals to go

Thanksgiving is Thursday. Here are places that are offering carry-out meals.

■ The chefs at Azur will cook your Thanksgiving meal for pick-up on Wednesday. A 20-pound turkey, which serves 15 to 18, is $70. Sides, at an additional charge, include green beans and sausage-sage stuffing. Call (859) 296-1007

Mary Lou's BBQ, 226 Walton Avenue, is offering a smoked turkey for $49.95. Sides including green beans, candied yams, corn pudding, oyster dressing, mashed potatoes and spiced apples are $6.99 a quart. Call (859) 252-4227.

Cracker Barrel restaurants are selling to-go Thanksgiving dinners that serve six for $54.99. Country hams are $38.99, sugar-cured hams are $39.99 and whole pies are $7.99. Go to for locations.

Ramsey's Diners are offering a Thanksgiving turkey dinner for $18.95 a person. Included are turkey, stuffing, and four vegetables (from a list of 10). Orders of vegetables are $15 for a serving for six. Call (859) 252-7926 by Monday for pickup on Wednesday. Ramsey's desserts, made by Missy's Pies, are available by calling (859) 253-0449.