Food & Drink

Sharon Thompson: Midway restaurant completes long renovation

Sharon Thompson
Sharon Thompson

The owners and staff at 815 Restaurant & Tavern in Midway are saying, "Finally."

The latest and final renovation at the restaurant, at 131 East Main, has been a work in progress for seven years, general manager Grayson Vandegrift said.

"It has now become the restaurant the owners have sought since Day 1," he said, referring to Sarah and Rob Vandegrift.

Justin Thompson, who formerly worked at Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, is the chef, and his specialties include smoked meats and sausages, and his variation of kale, a Southern favorite. Also on the menu are seafood, steaks and small plates, on which guests may sample three items for $15. Breads and desserts are made daily.

Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Call (859) 846-4688 or go to

Super Bowl parties

Super Bowl XLVIII is Sunday in New Jersey, with the Denver Broncos playing the Seattle Seahawks.

Bourbon n' Toulouse, 829 Euclid Avenue, has a "Super Bowl party pack." Two Cajun specialties, rice and bread are $75 and feed 15 to 18 people. Dishes also are available by the quart or gallon. Call (859) 335-0300 or go to

Double H BBQ, 1244 Versailles Road, has a Super Bowl package that includes smoked pulled pork or chicken, brisket, ribs, 24- and 48-piece wing platters, burgoo, and sliced meats by the pound including country ham, corned beef, salami, turkey and pork loin. Call (859) 523-4227 or go to

Double H has a new winter menu that includes hot smoked sandwiches made with meats including mixed pork/hamburger, corned beef, turkey, ham and salami, topped with melted cheeses and special sauces.

Winchell's, 348 Southland Drive, will serve team-themed food specials and beer from the Seahawks and Broncos' hometowns. Call (859) 278-9424.

Wallace Station Deli, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles, is taking orders for Super Bowl party trays. The party pack, at $100, serves six and includes sandwich wraps, potato salad, "Hut Hut Brown" casserole, green chile dip, crab dip, clam chowder and volcano cake. Items also are available a la carte. Order by 3 p.m. Saturday. Call (859) 846-5161.

The Original Brooklyn Pizza, 3330 Partner Place, is celebrating its first birthday with a Super Bowl party Sunday. The store offers ordering at Call (859) 388-9318 or go to

Chinese New Year

Mandarin Oriental Cafe & Sushi Bar, 2200 Nicholasville Road in the Zandale Shopping Center, is celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Horse with a special menu. Included are steamed whole fish and roast duck, but supplies are limited. Call (859) 275-4300.

Valentine's Day specials

Valentine's Day is Feb. 14, a Friday this year. Here are specials for the big day.

Stella's Kentucky Deli, 143 Jefferson Street, is serving a prix fixe four-course dinner for $35 a person. Entrees include New York strip, truffled mushroom risotto with shrimp, and pork paparadelle. Seatings are at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Call (859) 255-3354 or go to

School Restaurant, 162 Old Todds Road, is offering a five-course prix fixe menu with optional wine pairing. Entrees are filet mignon; scallop, lobster and shrimp gratin; and sushi platter. Cost is $45 a person. Call (859) 269-0677 or go to

Jean Farris Winery & Bistro, 6825 Old Richmond Road, will serve a three-course prix-fixe dinner Feb. 14 and 15. The cost is $55 a person. The menu features a choice of sea bass with black truffle and herb ricotta ravioli, or filet mignon with lobster gratin. Call (859) 263-9463 or go to

The Dish, 438 Ashland Avenue, will serve a three-course dinner for $45 a person. The menu includes soup or salad, a choice of entree and dessert. Appetizers are available a la carte, and a three-course wine flight is $18. Call (859) 317-8438 or go to

Blue Heron Steakhouse, 185 Jefferson Street, will offer guests a choice of five entrees: sautéed black cod with lobster chowder, Porterhouse steak for two, three cheese agnolotti in a ragout, grilled filet of beef tenderloin, and Berkshire pork "prime rib." Call (859) 254-2491 or go to

Equus Run Vineyards' annual Kisses & Calories will be noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 8. There will be red wine, red roses and chocolate. RockSteady will entertain from 2 to 4 p.m. Equus Run is at 1280 Moores Mill Road, Midway. Call (859) 846-9463 or go to


Hanna's on Lime, 214 South Limestone Street, will offer a mid-winter turkey and dressing special Wednesday for $8.25. Banana pudding is the dessert special. Parking is available in the adjacent Calvary Baptist Church lot. Call (859) 254-6264.