New Albany’s dining scene is once again generating headlines. There’s a lot to unpack here, so we’ll begin with the June 1 return of Toast on Market, which prior to the pandemic was THE New Albany breakfast spot.
However the reopening of Toast’s New Albany location comes at the expense of its original NuLu home base, as Dahlia Ghabour explains at the Louisville Courier Journal.
Co-owner George Morris announced the closure of the NuLu restaurant, 620 E. Market St., on Tuesday on the restaurant’s Facebook page. The last day of operation will be May 22…”The good news is that we will reopen our New Albany location on June 1 with our entire staff moving over with us.”
Consequently, the proliferation of morning meals in New Albany proceeds apace.
Just a few hundred feet from Toast, a longtime downtown New Albany dining staple is departing for more expansive (and “clubbier”) pastures.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Trixie’s Entertainment Complex is getting a new tenant, by Eleanor Tolbert (Louisville Business First)
The former Trixie’s Entertainment Complex will be reopening with a new tenant. Habana Blues, a Latin night club and restaurant in New Albany, Indiana, will be moving to the venue at 6112 Preston Highway. Leo Lopez, owner of Habana Blues, said he’s been in the Indiana location at 320 Pearl St. in New Albany for nearly 12 years. His lease is up at the end of June, and he decided he wanted to move the club into Louisville.
Actually Habana Blues Tapas Restaurant began in a different location, operating in the space that now houses Brooklyn and The Butcher during the first half of its tenure in New Albany. Also, the business’s ongoing transformation into a night club (from being a more prosaic Cuban restaurant) occurred only since the pandemic gave Lopez an opportunity to pivot.
The new Fb page name gives away the game: Habana Blues Night Life (Habana Blues Restaurant & Lounge).
Finally, the future of La Catrina Mexican Kitchen (202 E. Elm Street) will be determined by the construction of a new building, as being undertaken by the restaurant’s owners at the nearby corner of Scriber Drive and West Market Street. It’s the same block where Dragon King’s Daughter is located.
La Catrina to open new restaurant, corporate office space with $3 million project, by Makenna Hall (News and Tribune)
La Catrina, a Mexican restaurant in New Albany, will open its business in a new facility to be built on an empty lot at Scribner and Market streets…Co-owners and couple Roza and Juan Segoviano said the initial plan was to move but they are still unsure if the new location will replace the restaurant at 202 E. Elm St. or if it will be in addition to.
You may be familiar with the other Segoviano properties.
The corporate offices will be used for Segoviano Management Group, Inc. The Segovianos own several other restaurants including Señor Iguanas Restaurantes Mexicanos in Louisville and Clarksville, El Catrin in Sellersburg and Taqueria Don Juan in Clarksville.