Foodography: Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House opens today downtown
When Dixons Downtown Grill shuttered last Labor Day, it left an enviable plot of restaurant real estate in its wake. Numerous restaurateurs and chefs eyed the behemoth space -- which has since been divided into two separate entities -- but luck was on the side of a Louisville-based restaurant called Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House. Owner Brendan McManus leased 4,800 square feet of the 9,200-square-foot restaurant, located at 1610 16th Street, gave it a fresh, urbanized makeover, including a spiffy lounge with leather sofas and chairs and a mozzarella bar that peers over the open kitchen, which pimps a gorgeous brick pizza oven. And the convivial bar is cosmopolitan, too, complete with a craft beer lover's nirvana of tap handles.
And the food? The kitchen is overseen by chef Joe Troupe, who worked with chef and restaurateur Dave Query -- he who commands the Big Red F restaurant group -- and Troupe definitely has chops. My favorite dishes from his menu? I loved the fried kale leaves and kale salad, the Bruges pizza fluttering with roasted Brussels sprouts and the Napolitana strewn with tongue-searing chiles. Herewith, the food porn.