Category Archives: Insider Louisville

Top Round Roast Beef makes Louisville its second home, opens Aug. 16 in St. Matthews

From Insider Louisville, 8/10/2017

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By Kevin Gibson

Sometimes the stomach wants what the stomach wants. So it was for Billy and Elizabeth Rapaport, who live in Los Angeles but also spend time in Louisville.

When a friend suggested the Rapaports try an L.A. eatery called Top Round Roast Beef, the couple had no idea they were about to be hooked. Some three years later, they now own the first franchise location — which opens next week in St. Matthews — but also have an agreement to open four more stores in Kentucky.

This means that when the Rapaports are traveling to Louisville, they won’t have to miss out on the sandwiches, french fries and desserts they crave.

“I would literally bring sandwiches on the plane to Louisville,” Billy says.

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Want to own a restaurant? The recently opened Cereal Box is for sale

From Insider Louisville, 8/4/2017

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By Kevin Gibson

Want to own a breakfast-based restaurant? Well, the Cereal Box, which opened about four weeks ago in the Highlands, is for sale if you want it.

Owner and founder Eric Richardson announced on Facebook this week that he would sell the concept — to the right person.

In part, his post read:

“MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! As the owner of The Cereal Box, I have kept my true intentions of this wonderful business under wraps throughout the entire process. Because of another venture I have in the fitness world, my original goal was to raffle off the business at a low cost and give someone an opportunity to own a business who otherwise might not have a chance to. Unfortunately, the gaming laws in Kentucky do not allow me to do that. So now I am going make it available for purchase to someone who wants to grow the concept.”

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Against the Grain Brewery launches line of European beers

From Insider Louisville, 7/31/2017

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By Kevin Gibson

Fresh beer is better. Exporting beer to Europe from Kentucky takes weeks to accomplish, and quality control concerns led Against the Grain Brewery to introduce a European line of beers that will be brewed in Hagen, Germany.

Brewmaster and co-owner Jerry Gnagy told Insider they would can the beers on Wednesday, ship on Thursday, and it would be about five weeks for the beer to make its way to European shelves.

But when the owners traveled to Europe to drink the beer, they found the quality just wasn’t there. The beer did not stay fresh enough to maintain the quality the brewery wanted.

“It was just not good enough,” Gnagy says. “A Beer is the light style they would want, but it would never survive the ocean voyage. In this day and  age, you can’t do that anymore. Five or six years ago, American brewers could send garbage, and people wouldn’t know any different.”

And so, versions of beers known in America as A Beer and Pile of Face will be brewed at Vormann Braueri, located in Hagen, just outside of Düsseldorf. A Beer has been reimagined as Plus One, while a Pile of Face “clone” will be called Neoanderthal. Plus One is an American pale ale, while Neoanderthal is an American IPA.

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