Food industry making progress in expanding and opening locations in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — More and more restaurants are popping up across the bluegrass despite the pandemic, signaling a rebound may be underway.

Spotz Gelato started in 2013 with one food truck. Now they have several food trucks and a host of locations.

Owner Beth Richardson says the pandemic didn’t stand in their way.

“Throughout the pandemic, we did not close when a lot of restaurants closed at the beginning. We already had an app and we were already working with delivery services. So we were able to just keep that going,” said Richardson.

Spotz opened a new shop

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Opening date revealed for Michigan’s first Portillo’s Chicago-style Italian beef restaurant

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI – After much anticipation, we’ve now learned when Michigan’s first Portillo’s restaurant will open for business. The popular Chicago-style Italian beef eatery plans to open in Sterling Heights on Tuesday, March 16 at 10:30 a.m.

The 7,900 square-foot restaurant will be located off of Hall Road at 14425 Lakeside Circle. We’re told the décor will be retro-inspired and feature the authenticity of the brand dating back to the 1960s, when it was founded. As a tribute to Metro Detroit, the interior will also showcase the automotive history of the area.

“We have had Portillo’s fans asking us

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Buc-ee’s, a new brewery, an Italian restaurant + more opening in Bham

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Pasta la vista, baby. Photo via North Italia’s Facebook

From a much-anticipated opening in Leeds to a brand-new brewery, there’s a lot of movement happening in the Magic City. Here’s the weekly rundown of openings and reopenings in the area.

1. Buc-ee’s

Buc-ee’s is set to open by January 2021. Photo via Bham Now

It’s finally here. National chain Buc-ee’s opened it’s doors today, January 25. Besides the fact that you’ll probably always be able to find an available pump for gas, this convenience store offers some things you probably

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Kevin Hunter (Wendy William’s ex) is Opening Italian Restaurant in Brooklyn

*If you’re looking for some news on Wendy Williams’ ex-husband, Kevin Hunter, we just found out he’s serving Italian food these days.

Wait, hold up. We know what you’re thinking (if you didn’t read the headline). The real deal is that Kevin Hunter is opening an Italian restaurant in Downtown Brooklyn named Loreto. Hunter made the announcement on social media.

“Time to work on MY LEGACY!!” he captioned a video of the restaurant’s exterior. “For a kid from Brownsville Brooklyn, this is a dream come true. To be apart of an amazing team to create something so extraordinary.”


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This New York Italian favorite is opening a new restaurant in Miami Beach

Jan. 28—Miami chill by day, SoHo energy by night.

That’s the atmosphere you will find at the new Osteria Morini in Miami Beach.

Altamarea Group, the New-York based group behind the new restaurant, is famous for its Michelin-star rated Marea and Ai Fiori in addition to the Osteria Morini brand. The 3,700-square-foot Miami Beach location, inside the Kimpton Palomar South Beach, joins sister restaurants in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

The dining room seats 100, with bar seating for 15 and al fresco dining on the patio seats 45 along the Collins Canal. There’s also

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Frank Sinatra’s favorite NYC Italian restaurant is opening a N.J. beach pop-up next week

One of New York City’s most beloved Italian restaurants is taking a quick trip to the Jersey Shore.

Patsy’s Italian Restaurant, a Theater District staple since 1944, will launch a pop-up at Asbury Park’s historic Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel starting Feb. 5, the restaurant announced on Facebook.

Reservations for the pop-up can be made on or by calling (609) 435-3100.

The pop-up will be open for three months and be staffed by employees from the original restaurant, according to, offering a la carte dining Fridays and Saturdays and family-style dining on Sundays.

Patsy’s was founded by Pasquale

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