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Bar Louie opens at Newport on the Levee

By Rick Pender · January 1st, 2003 · The Dish
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As 2003 kicks off, a new restaurant has arrived in town. Perhaps you were among the crowd who helped BAR LOUIE get started on New Year's Eve. Things were undoubtedly hopping that evening at Newport on the Levee's newest eatery. It seats 200, with an indoor café for another 30 and an outdoor café for 50 more. Bar Louie offers home-style comfort food -- appetizers, pastas, fajitas and some heartier entrées. Sandwiches are the signature here -- big enough to share, they say: How about a Luigi Steak ($7.95) made with steak, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, mayo and olive oil (it's $8.95 with cheddar) or a Vesuvio Melt ($8.95) with chicken, mozzarella, olive oil, mayo, tomatoes, onions and lettuce? There's a bunch of burgers, too (most are $8.95) and an entrée or two I'm ready to try: Louie's Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese ($8.95) and Shrimp Jambalaya ($13.95) with peppers and dirty rice. By now they should have cleared away the balloons from the New Year's Eve party, so you'll find them open for business from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. 859-291-4222.

Some readers might know me as CityBeat's theater critic, so it might not be a surprise that I need restaurants to pay attention to my need to make an eight o'clock curtain. As 2003 kicks off, a new restaurant has arrived in town.

Perhaps you were among the crowd who helped BAR LOUIE get started on New Year's Eve. Things were undoubtedly hopping that evening at Newport on the Levee's newest eatery. It seats 200, with an indoor café for another 30 and an outdoor café for 50 more. Bar Louie offers home-style comfort food -- appetizers, pastas, fajitas and some heartier entrées. Sandwiches are the signature here -- big enough to share, they say: How about a Luigi Steak ($7.95) made with steak, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, mayo and olive oil (it's $8.95 with cheddar) or a Vesuvio Melt ($8.95) with chicken, mozzarella, olive oil, mayo, tomatoes, onions and lettuce? There's a bunch of burgers, too (most are $8.95) and an entrée or two I'm ready to try: Louie's Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese ($8.95) and Shrimp Jambalaya ($13.95) with peppers and dirty rice. By now they should have cleared away the balloons from the New Year's Eve party, so you'll find them open for business from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. 859-291-4222. ...

Some readers might know me as CityBeat's theater critic, so it might not be a surprise that I need restaurants to pay attention to my need to make an eight o'clock curtain. Most places around the Aronoff do a great job with this timetable -- Bella, Trattoria Roma and Nicholson's are among my favorites. But before seeing Contact in December I wanted something more casual, so I stopped in at PIZZERIA UNO. Entrées are sizeable there, and leftovers are frequently the result, so I especially appreciated our waiter's offer to mark our package and keep it in the cooler until after the show. After the curtain call at the Aronoff, we danced across Walnut Street to pick up what would become the next day's lunch. That's what I call service. ...

Just before Christmas the owners of the MAISONETTE and LA NORMANDIE TAVERN announced their plans to convert a building behind their Sixth Street restaurant into a 600-seat downtown concert venue and to open a carry-out sandwich shop and coffee bar next door. They're trying to raise the scratch to make this happen -- advances from regular customers plus some state funding -- in hopes of bolstering the company's bottom line. The Maisonette is much admired -- with its nearly four-decade record of five-star dining -- but it's not a money-maker. Managing partner Nat Comisar has said if this project doesn't work, the Maisonette might need to move from downtown.

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
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