Famously, perhaps a tad apocryphally, Ruth Fertel attributed a great deal of her success to a hurricane.
It was just a few months after she had purchased an existing steak house in New Orleans, in 1965, that Hurricane Betsy devastated the city and knocked out all the power (as hurricanes are wont to do). Faced with an inventory of high grade meat that she would eventually have to discard, Fertel, who had never owned a restaurant before, instead started cooking them up to serve to emergency response workers.
Her largesse earned her recognition and some new loyal customers for the restaurant, Chris Steak House, to which she would eventually attach her first name.
I suppose it's significant that Lisbon, a Portuguese restaurant, had been open for a full year before I even heard about it.
That may be partly due to its International Drive location. Not that I eschew or ignore restaurants in the tourist sector. On the contrary, I like knowing about the good ones -- and there are some good ones -- so that I can advise and make recommendations on where to dine (and where not to) for visitors and locals alike.
But it's been a historical fact, unfortunately, that many businesses, including restaurants, choose I-Drive as a location because of a steady stream potential clientele. For some, that means they seldom have to market themselves to keep the seats full -- there's always another proverbial busload just around the corner.
That little shack on the corner of Fern Creek Avenue and Kaley Street hasn't had much luck, not since All-American Cafe moved out nearly five years ago. It's been a coffee shop or two and a florist at one point. But all of those businesses were short lived.
Now, Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream will open a second location in the building, which is currently painted a pistachio color.
The restaurants listed here have been nominated for Best Fine Dining.
So what constitutes fine dining? It's a higher level of fod quality along with an elevated style of service. Tablecloths are usually employed, and quiet conversation is possible. Good wines are available, often with a sommelier to make recommendations. You know a fine dining restaurant when you're eating in one!