This column is my last. It's time to shut down the computer and turn off the phone. I'm retired.
In 1987, former restaurant critic Susan Miller and I started writing a column called Dining Ins & Outs to inform readers about changes in the dining scene in the Bluegrass area. It soon became my column, and it has kept Central Kentuckians informed about openings and closings of restaurants, new chefs, culinary events and special menus for decades.
The Weekender staff is working on new ways to relay restaurant news that you will soon see. For now, if you have news to report about restaurants, contact Janet Patton (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Cheryl Truman (email@example.com).
Where to eat in Shelbyville
■ The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass opened in July in Simpsonville, and because it's a new development, there are only a few restaurants open nearby. There are only four places to eat in the shopping center, so you might want to plan your shopping trip with a stop in Shelbyville.
■ McKinley's Bread Shop & Deli, 615 Main Street in Shelbyville, serves a sandwich menu, and the ingredients are homemade and served on freshly baked breads, including gluten-free, pumpernickel, rye and Italian. Sandwiches include chicken, tuna and egg salads; pimento cheese; Benedictine; and olive nut. Fresh baked cookies and desserts, and homemade soups also are on the menu. Call (502) 647-1665. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
■ For dinner, plan on a visit to Claudia Sanders Dinner House, 3202 Shelbyville Road, Shelbyville. In 1959, at age 69, Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Harland Sanders and his wife, Claudia, moved from Corbin to Shelbyville. In 1964, Colonel Sanders sold Kentucky Fried Chicken, and in 1968, they opened the restaurant that was originally called The Colonel's Lady. Call (502) 633-5600 or go to Claudiasanders.com.
New hours, location
■ The lines were always long on Thursday mornings in front of Spoonful of Sugar, 18 West Main Street in Mt. Sterling. It was the only day the bakery was open. But now, it's open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
"We have hired Chef Stephen Powell to assist us with our new hours and menus. He brings several years of experience in the food industry (including University of Kentucky and the Ritz Carlton in St. Louis) with him. Our menu varies each week and everything we do is made fresh and from scratch," owner Donna Cassidy said. Call (859) 497-1955 or go to Spoonfulofsugarsweetsandsuch.com.
■ The new address of Sarah's Corner Cafe, 720 Henry Clay Boulevard, is a convenient stop to pick up tailgate fare. Specialties are pulled pork, baby back ribs, smoked turkey and smoked brisket. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 309-1220.
■ Bakery Blessings & Bookstore @ the Bar, 1999 Harrodsburg Road, will host a book signing by local author Jon K. Elliott from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. On the Run In College Park is Elliott's second novel. Call (859) 554-6044.
■ Ted's Montana Grill is teaming up with Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign for a fundraiser through Sept. 28. Guests who donate $5 or more to the campaign will receive a $5 certificate for a future visit. Every dollar donation helps provide as many as 10 meals to children in need. Ted's is at 2304 Sir Barton Way. Call (859) 263-5228or go to Tedsmontanagrill.com or NoKidHungry.org.
■ FatKats Pizzeria, 3070 Paris Pike in Georgetown, is the winner of a recent pizza competition sponsored by Presto Foods in Monroe, Ohio, and Pizza Today magazine. FatKats owner Kathy Lyons won Best Pizza in the Midwest, competing against 35 pizza shops from three states. FatKats' winning pizza was Thai chicken. Call (502) 570-0773.
Farmers market report
■ Bluegrass Farmers Market has 100 percent homegrown corn, tomatoes, green beans, squash, peppers, and melons. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Pedal the Planet and Fast Signs, 3450 Richmond Road, and at Azur Restaurant, 3070 Lakecrest Circle. Go to Bluegrassfarmersmarket.org.