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Progressive Dinner Showcasing Revitalized Whiskey Row Launches on Oct. 5

Savor all the flavors of the city at the 22nd annual Progressive Dinner, Whiskey Row Roam-Around, on Oct. 5. Presented by the Main Street Association and Whiskey Row, the night will begin at the Georgian at Whiskey Row Lofts for cocktails and appetizers. Dining will continue at Doc Crow’s, Troll Pub, Patrick O’Sheas, The Hall, Sidebar, El Barrio and Bearno’s for dinner and drinks, followed by dessert at Duluth Trading Company.

Tours of the Old Forester Distillery will be offered throughout the evening. To purchase tickets, visit louisvilletickets.com or call the Main Street Association at 502.561.3493.

Sal and Cindy Rubino. Photo by Christopher Fryer. 

The Café Celebrates 22 Years in Business

Twenty-two years ago this month, The Café opened its doors in Louisville, Kentucky. A lot can change in 22 years, but The Café is a restaurant that has stayed true to its roots since its inception in 1994. The Café originally opened in 1996 on the second floor of the Louisville Antique Mall on Goss Avenue (what is now Germantown Mill Lofts) but moved to a standalone location at 712 Brent St. in the Paristown Neighborhood between the Highlands and Downtown about 12 years ago.

“We are so thankful for the loyal patronage of our guests for the past 22 years. And, we are proud of the diversity of all of our guests,” says Sal Rubino, owner of The Café. “It is inspiring to see our dining room full of people of all walks of life, different ages, social status, race, etc. Our goal is to make our guests feel welcome and appreciated and to ensure that they are served delicious food and have a pleasing dining experience.”

Today, The Café boasts a staff of more than 30 employees and has 230 seats, both in its authentic antique indoor space and highly-coveted outdoor patio. The Café continues to be popular with the press as it’s a favorite amongst the locals and critics. The Café has been featured by the Courier-Journal as one of the “Must-Try Breakfast and Brunch Spots Around Louisville” in August 2018, and just this month was given a raving review by LEO Weekly titled “The Café earns enduring popularity the old-fashioned way,” highlighting the pleasant atmosphere, excellent service and simple, authentic cuisine.

The Rubinos continue to give back to the community in various ways. One of those ways is by hiring those who have difficulty finding employment, including refugees and those recovering from dependency on drugs and alcohol.

The Rubinos know the recipe to restaurant success includes two ingredients – happy employees and happy customers. They appreciate each and every member of their staff. In fact, every month you can see an “Employee Spotlight” on Facebook to learn a little more about The Café.

Rubino adds, “At the end of the day, our reward is the smiles on those diverse faces as they leave and say, ‘Everything was great. We’ll be back!’”