Sunday, June 22, 2014

June 28: Louvino pop-up restaurant preview at NABC's Bank Street Brewhouse

Directly across the street from Bank Street Brewhouse in one-way downtown New Albany is Uptown Art's New Albany location, and the owners of Uptown Art are about to open Louvino, a restaurant and wine bar located in the old De La Torres space on two-way Bardstown Road in Louisville.

The Louvino executive chef is Tavis Rockwell, and on Saturday, June 28, Chef Rockwell and fellow chefs Dan Thomas and Michael Hargrove will audition a few Louvino menu concepts at Bank Street Brewhouse. Chef Thomas has local roots, and at an engagingly youthful age, he once served a stint in the Sportstime pizza kitchen.

The notion of a pop-up restaurant is rare in New Albany, but not unprecedented; the Exchange staged an Italian pop-up as recently as January of this year. At Bank Street Brewhouse, the kitchen is intact and fully licensed, making it ideal for such a concept. What we'll be working to achieve in coming months are event like this one sprinkled through the year, with food trucks and vendors on a more predictable rotation.

Back to June 28 ... here is the menu, as updated on Sunday afternoon, June 22. Chef Thomas says: "Some of these will be on the Louvino menu, while others are chef whims we think will go better with NABC beer than wine:

Chef Tavis's Housemade Loaded Tots with Ranch $8.00

Ground Chuck Slider on Brioche Bun with Port Cheese Schmear, Bacon and Caramelized Sweet Peppers & Onions $4.00-Three for $11.00

Duck Fat Fries with choice of Dipping Sauce-Truffle Aioli, Ranch or Sriracha Ketchup $6.00 extra sauce .50 each

Hot Brown Mac & Cheese topped with Chef Tavis's Smoked Gouda Mornay $8.00

Confit Chicken Wings with Asian Chili BBQ $8.00

NABC Beer Steamed Mussels with Crostini $8.00

Mini Bangers with Yukon Gold Mashed $8.00

Apple Potstickers with Bourbon Caramel $5.00

Chocolate Malt $5.00

The kitchen will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., or until the food runs out.

Note that there'll be no table service; just go to the kitchen window to order and pay, and your food will be brought to you. NABC beer and other beverages will be available as always. We look forward to seeing you there for what we hope is the first in a recurring series of pop-up/guest chef/meals du jour.

Saturday, June 28 ... 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Bank Street Brewhouse ... 415 Bank St, New Albany, Indiana 47150

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