Food & Drink

Sharon Thompson: Owners sell one JK's Café in Winchester to focus on another

Sharon Thompson
Sharon Thompson

Greg and Alice Keller have sold JK's Café in downtown Winchester to concentrate on their other restaurant at Forest Grove Grocery.

"The Forest Grove location is a 50-seat restaurant which has been open for a year," Greg Keller said. "It serves a full breakfast menu with meat and eggs, sausage gravy and biscuits, country ham biscuits, breakfast hot Browns and quiche." The lunch menu features chicken salad, beer cheese burgers, hot Brown, soup beans and corn bread, and meatloaf subs.

JK's Café at Forest Grove Grocery is at 4636 Old Boonesboro Road in Clark County. Hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 744-4444.


■ Leo Capezzuto closed Casanova, his Italian restaurant on South Broadway, this summer because the building, which once housed The Coach House, was being torn down. While looking for another location, Capezzuto decided to open a small Italian café on Main Street. "Just to not get rusty," he said. Casanova Café, on the ground level of Festival Market, 325 West Main Street, serves bow-tie chicken pesto, lasagna Bolognese, Mediterranean salad, cheese steak sandwich and Italian wedding soup. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (859) 252-7777.

Special events

WineStyles of Lexington, 2535 Nicholasville Road, is introducing the new vintage of The Prisoner at a release party 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.

"Most wine drinkers know of Dave Phinney, a hot winemaker who makes very interesting wines from vineyards all over the world, and his labels are very creative and slightly edgy," owner Jim Taylor said. "He is probably best known for The Prisoner, a red blend from California. He always releases the new vintage of The Prisoner on Halloween."

The store also will pour Blindford, a white blend, and Bayonette, a red blend from France. The cost is $10 for a flight of all three wines. Call (859) 278- 9463.

Wines on Vine, 400 Old Vine Street, is having a holiday wine trade tasting Monday. Wine from eight distributors will be sampled. The cost is $10. Call (859) 243-0017.

Centenary United Methodist Church Women is having an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. The menu also includes sausage and biscuits and gravy. The cost is $5. Gluten-free pancakes are $4. The church is at 2800 Tates Creek Road. Call Pat Burton, (859) 223-2946.

New menus

■ Nat Yuttayong, owner of Nat's Thai restaurant, 111 South Upper Street, is preparing stir-fry venison tenderloin with red curry paste and basil Friday. "It is the most tender meat I have ever cooked," he said. Call (859) 433-0197.

Greentree Tearoom, 521 West Short Street, is serving a hearty menu for November. It includes lobster bisque, sweet potato scone, turkey and berry pilaf in phyllo, basil mashed potatoes, curried egg salad, brown sugar cupcakes and citrus spice panna cotta. Call (859) 455-9660 or go to

■ Lexington-based Fazoli's is forming its first partnership with Ghirardelli Chocolate Co., and participating Fazoli's locations are serving pumpkin swirl cheesecake, a New York-style cheesecake swirled with pumpkin and topped with Ghirardelli caramel sauce. The cost is $1.99. The special runs through Jan. 5. For locations, go to


■ Visitors at the Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show last weekend voted for their favorite food items. Here are the winners:

Overall winner in the sweet category: Crigger Farm; honorable mention: Willa's Shortbread. Overall winner in the savory category: Single Barrel Sauce Co.; honorable mention: Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese. People's choice award: Red State BBQ. Best booth display: La Petite Sucre and The Weekly Juicery.

Farmers market report

Lexington Farmers Market is still open Tuesdays and Thursdays at South Broadway and Maxwell Street, and Saturdays in Cheapside Park. Products include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, potatoes, garlic, dried beans, spinach, lettuce, winter squash, pie pumpkins, eggs, honey, beef, chicken, lamb, goat, and pastured turkeys, which can still be pre-ordered in time for Thanksgiving. Go to