Around these parts, people look forward to May like they do the Christmas holidays, for May is the month of the Kentucky Derby. It seems as though the entire city was getting ready for Derby for months and it arrived on the first Saturday in May, as it always does. After the Derby — and we mean immediately the next day — was Mother’s Day. After that gregarious weekend, we barely had time to catch our collective community breath before end of school celebrations and graduations started. May certainly kept all of us busy, busy enough for everyone to look forward to a long, hot, lazy summer. Here are some of the headlines you may have missed this month:
In case you missed it, or you were out of town, Derby week was its usual wonderful self. The work week basically ended on Wednesday at the Great Steamboat Race, where the Belle of Cincinnati defeated the Belle of Louisville. Thursday, or Thurby, was very popular again with the locals this year, despite freezing temperatures. Louisville, we have to come up with a better name for this Thursday racing, we implore you; Thurby just sounds so … meh. Friday, the sun was out and the temperatures were up for Oaks, and Oaks night saw its usual slew of galas and celebrity sightings. Then the finale, The 142nd Kentucky Derby on Saturday, with near-perfect weather until right before the actual race, when a sudden short but mighty rainstorm blew through the city. The rain subsided in time for racegoers to sing “My Old Kentucky Home” and then watch the undefeated Nyquist win the Derby, with Exaggerator following close behind in second place and Gun Runner taking third. Check out our photo gallery of this great event here.
Kentuckians always watch the Preakness in Baltimore with great interest, mainly to see if the Derby winner can win the second leg of the Triple Crown. Unfortunately, bad weather and a sloppy track proved to be Derby winner Nyquist’s demise, and he suffered his first loss to Exaggerator. A few days later, Nyquist pulled out of the Belmont Stakes due to a fever.
The Kentucky Primary
Whether you’re trying to escape it or not, politics hit Kentucky this month in full force. The Kentucky Primary prompted visits from Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and even former President Bill Clinton — all stumping for votes and getting the word out for people to head to the polls. Trump won the Republican Primary, and Hillary Clinton won the Democratic Primary in a close race against Bernie Sanders.
It’s May, which means that many of the larger farmers markets are starting up. Louisville loves to support its local farmers and they never disappoint. Where else can you buy the freshest local produce, flowers, baked goods and sometimes get a hot meal? To see a list of the local farmers markets, read our article here.
Westport Village was sold to an Atlanta-based company, Hendon Properties, who plans on filling the numerous vacancies in this shopping center. There are two new stores in the outdoor shopping center, 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon and a new women’s boutique, Darling State of Mind, that opened in May.
Guy Fieri announced his new restaurant, Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, will open this fall on Fourth Street Live! The restaurant will have an open kitchen, a patio and large outdoor smoker.
Also new on the scene is Noosh Nosh, owned by Chef Anoosh Shariat. Located behind Anoosh Bistro on Brownsboro Road, this is a casual family dining restaurant with an emphasis on Mediterranean and Italian cuisine.
Homemade Pie and Ice Cream Kitchen is closing its Frankfort Avenue location and moving to 4810 Dixie Hwy. They had been in this location (across the street from competitor The Comfy Cow) since 2011. Also in closing news, the Bristol Bar and Grille in Prospect is closing its doors after not renewing its lease in that location. Prospect residents will just have to drive to one of their four other locations to get their beloved green chile wontons.
That’s a wrap on May! See you in June!
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