LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville's getting some major buzz around the country and the world for what a lot of us take for granted: our restaurant scene. Some well-known favorites closed their doors over the last few weeks but new restaurants keep popping up.
Monday, chefs and restaurateurs at some of the new places in Louisville and some of the favorites introduced 502 Restaurant Week which starts February 22.
"They say Louisville is probably like number two in the country as far as the foodie scene," said Napa River Grill Head Chef Brian Curry.
It's one of the top 8 foodie travel destinations around the world, according to a blog from restaurant-rating guide Zagat.
Curry attributes that to, "just the overall quality of food also. We have some talented chefs and beautiful restaurants around town."
Owner of Amici Café in Old Louisville, Sharon Risinger agrees. "We do have the largest area of independently owned restaurants and it's just a huge dining scene here ... I've been doing this now for 13 years and I'm a little place."
Amici Café is one of the restaurants that's a part of 502 Restaurant Week. Risinger signed up, hoping for the chance to introduce new diners to her northern Italian food.
"I just run a small place and I'm very proud and I want to give people good value, a great experience and wonderful food," she said.
Napa River Grill is a part of the event as well. Curry sees it as a chance to reintroduce his place to people who may not have been there in awhile.
"Napa River used to be known as the crown jewel of Louisville," he said. "We may have fallen off a little. We want to reemerge."
Curry and Risinger know they have to keep pushing. The restaurant business can be precarious, a reminder we all got with the closing of local favorites Lynn's Paradise Cafe" and John-E's.
Risinger says she sees that as an opportunity. "It gives somebody else a chance to pick up on that," she said.
502 Restaurant Week starts February 22nd and runs for ten days. The fixed menu price is either $50.20 a couple or a person, depending on the restaurant. For a list of participating restaurants, click here.
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