Here’s some tidbits for your Wednesday. Cheers!

Hall’s Falls: Andy Blieden appears to be adding to his mini-empire in Butchertown.  Insider reported that Blieden is negotiating to acquire the Hall’s Cafeteria property on Story near his Butchertown Market and other new businesses he helped launch. Family owned Hall’s Cafeteria, one of the last cafeteria-style restaurants in town, will serve its last plate lunch Dec. 23.

No word on Blieden’s plans for the building, which has operated there since the 1950s.

Table Food: I really enjoyed my Smoked Chicken sandwich down at The Table on Monday, where Tara Mattingly filled me up and filled me in on the popular Portland lunch spot. But did you know the 1-year-old non-profit was featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”? Here’s the clip:

Crooning for Jack: Our friends at the Bourbon Brotherhood are celebrating what would have been Frank Sinatra’s 101st birthday by hosting an event at Baxter’s 942 with his favorite spirit. Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and other Brown-Forman premium brands will be available to the group, along with barbecued wings, pulled pork and roasted potatoes from the kitchen. Info here.  Your $20 tickets includes a 3-D, virtual reality tour of the Jack Daniel’s distillery.

Fernando and Yaniel Martinez
Fernando and Yaniel Martinez

Cuba Libre on EDT Next Week: Because Fidel Castro was such an awful dictator, and because so many Cubans wanted freedom so badly that they fled to the U.S., Louisville has a small Cuban restaurant community. Fernando Martinez and Yaniel Martinez are but two examples of many who fled on a raft and through Mexico (respectively) to come here pursue their dreams. They’ll tell their stories next Tuesday on a special edition of the EatDrinkTalk podcast. Think Fidel Castro’s socialist government has any redeeming qualities? You won’t after you hear their stories.

Johnson, new GM, with Uttich, Falls City's new president
Johnson, new GM, with Uttich, Falls City’s new president

The People of Falls City: It may be the same brand I pilfered from my folks’ basement fridge, but today’s Falls City Beer is making its presence known in the craft beer movement. This week it announced that it has promoted Shane Uttich, formerly territory manager for Nashville, to president. Drew Johnson, a 12-year Liquor Barn staffer who helped revive Falls City from 2012-14, was named GM for the brewery.

More Repeal: There were celebrations around town Monday for Repeal Day, but this party was pushed back to Thursday. The Prohibition Classic Christmas Open House is a production of the local Yascone sisters (Faith, Love and Joy) to showcase their newly acquired Frankfort Avenue Coach House, with some proceeds benefiting the Fund for the Arts. The whole shebang starts at 5:30 p.m. at 2000 Frankfort Avenue.
A Mile Wide Friday: The grand opening celebration starts at 2 p.m. Friday at Mile Wide Brewery behind Diamonds on Barrett Avenue. It’s a little hard to get to, but it’s an impressive display of beer-making equipment past the rectangular bar. We already like the place because of the names of the first five brews on tap: White Ale (Belgian-style witbier); Wooderson (mesquite-smoked blonde ale; Good Evening, Miss (English-style mild ale; Uncle Disheveled (coffee stout collaboration with Highland Coffee); and Catalina Breeze-West Coast Scavenger (with simcoe and citra hops).

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