Here’s a funny thing about Louisville and all of us who love our city’s vibrant restaurant scene: We love things the way they are … and we complain about all the ways it could be better.  

“We need a Greek restaurant,” we yell. “And a French sidewalk cafe! And where is our real Jewish-style deli!?” 

The chant goes on, and to be honest, there’s probably more justification for our wailing than ever. As we go into the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the losses to our scene have been brutal.  

Sure, it’s not all blackness and the slough of despond. Some great new places have popped up to counter all the losses attributable in full or in part to the pandemic. But still, for example, how will Nulu ever be the same without Harvest, Rye or Decca? 

As we near the end of 2022, the pandemic is far from over. At the beginning of this month, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that 300 to 400 Americans continue dying from COVID every day, and fewer than 15% of us have received the latest vaccine booster. That’s a recipe for more trauma, in our lives and, specifically, on the restaurant scene. And it makes our long-time penchant for complaining about what we’re missing a little more real.

Hoping to take the civic temperature, and maybe get some good ideas, I polled the masses on my social media channels. My question was simple: “What’s your holiday wish ...Read more