EDT 36 – Bruce Ucan, Annie Shadle of Mayan Cafe and Erik Abraham of Varanese

We’re continuing to dive deep into the news as the only local podcast devoted exclusively to Louisville’s restaurant and bar scene. We start with some bad luck as SuperChefs on Bardstown Road closed over the weekend due to frozen pipes. This misfortune comes a year after a fire burned the former location in St. Matthews. Let’s hope they get up and running again soon. One of our favorites, Butchertown Grocery, didn’t just make USA Today’s list of best new restaurants nationally — it came in No. 2. And we learned that a new wine bar will open soon in Springhurst under the direction of Master Sommelier Scott Harper of the Bristol in Jeffersonville. And we learned that Winston’s, on the Sullivan University campus, will reopen as a gluten-free restaurant.

We’re also glad to welcome Norton Commons as a show sponsor. The East End residential development will hold a Restaurant Week promotion starting Jan. 23, featuring specials from six participating restaurants, plus tasting specials at Commonwealth Tap. Norton Commons joins Harvest Restaurant and the Eye Care Institute as show sponsors.

Steve’s guests are Bruce Ucan and Anne Shadle, who are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Mayan Cafe’s opening with some amazing specials recalling the restaurant’s history. Rick dropped in to Varanese for a chat with executive chef Erik Abraham, whose responsibilities at the long-time Frankfort Ave. staple increased when owner John Varanese opened River House last year.

In our popular favorites segment, Steve chose the tasty House Cocktail at the Fat Lamb, a twist on the Old Fashioned and Manhattan, served up in a rocks glass. A nibble he enjoyed were lamb meatballs with tzatziki, gremolata and feta. To get warmed up for Norton Commons’ Restaurant Week, Rick stopped in at Citizen 7 for a fantastic Highlands margarita, along with a special Chimi topped with guac, plus a sampling of plantains.

Listen in and download our 35th episode of EatDrinkTalk on the Louisville.am podcast network.