Red Herring ownership change

One of Louisville’s newest cocktail lounges, Red Herring faced a sudden change recently when co-owner Brett Davis moved to work at a winery in Michigan. Executive chef Jacob Coronado and bar manager Clay Livingston stepped up to join building owner Mo Deljoo as co-owners.  Coronado is excited to be able make some changes – like expanding their small bites menu into a full dinner menu that will change almost weekly based on visits to farmers markets with his kitchen staff. He said he is most excited that the things he hoped for the most are already happening.

“Everything has happened so fast,”  said Coronado. “When you first open a restaurant, it’s never going to be exactly what you want. The guests will tell you what you are. I love the direction we had from the start, but I’ve been listening and watching guest perspective. And, I’m happy I get to make the first transitions… It’s a beautiful thing to be able to just act on things that need to happen  without having to run it up the flagpole first.”

Red Herring: New Louisville dinner menu

Items on the full dinner menu will range in price from $15 to $26 and  will be available from 4 to 10 p.m. This week’s options include house-made country ham with cavatelli pasta;duck and greens with cinnamon honey dressing, quinoa and candied lemon; crunchy cabbage with walnut vinaigrette, charred carrots and smoked Kenny’s Farm blue cheese; seared NY strip steak, potato pavé and gravy; chicken breast and thigh, Spanish rice and bean puree; shrimp & grits -Tasso ham, mascarpone grits, spicy sauce and shrimp crackers; and roasted winter squash with cranberry gel, Brussels sprouts, local greens and pepita vinaigrette.

Coronado pointed out that he takes his staff to the farmers markets with him, because he wants “them to see what he sees and know what he knows.” He believes that they will gain a greater perspective and passion for cooking when they know where the food comes from.

Cocktail pairings are available from the bar menu, which boosts over 100 cocktails. For example, Coronado suggests the Bold Fashioned (their award winning take on an old fashioned) for the NY strip steak meal. The small bites menu will also still be available at the bar and after 10 p.m.

Located in the historic Hilltop Theater, Red Herring is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, visit and follow @RedHerringLou on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.