New & Noteworthy

Noah Alvarez, Claire Tauer & Megan Hillenmeyer



Sav’s Grill has closed, but something new is in the works on Main Street

There’s good news and there’s bad news.

We’ll start with the bad news first: Sav’s Grill on South Limestone has closed down after 11 years of delicious West African cuisine and friendly service.

Due to new on-campus dining options for the University of Kentucky, Owner Mamadou “Sav” Savané decided it was time to start a new chapter in the family business. “This community has been so good to us and it’s really been a blessing for me and my family, but it’s just a tough place to have a restaurant right now,” Savané said.

But here’s the good news: they’ll be opening up a new location very soon! Savané plans to reopen his new restaurant on the corner of East Main Street and Old Lafayette Avenue next to A&W. Pedestrians in the area may have already noticed the awesome murals covering the former Subway location.

The new restaurant will offer table service and beer. The eatery will keep the same neighborhood, friendly atmosphere it has always had. Many of Sav’s signature dishes will be returning, along with some new creations Savané has hidden up his sleeve.

Sav’s Chill, the ice cream shop also run by Savané, will remain open in its current location on the corner of Limestone and Maxwell.


Experience the luxury of Keeneland’s Saddling Paddock Chalet

Guests to the 2019 Keeneland Fall Thoroughbred racing events will have the opportunity to take in a new view in a luxurious setting.

The Saddling Paddock Chalet, located at the East Grandstand entrance, overlooks the Paddock. This luxury chalet offers premium, once-in-a-lifetime views of horses and jockeys as they circle the Paddock before making their way to the track.

The chalet includes a buffet, wrap-around balcony and central bar. With a modern, business casual atmosphere, this will be an unforgettable Keeneland experience. The Saddling Paddock Chalet originally debuted in 2015 ahead of the Breeders’ Cup championships at Keeneland. Returning just in time for the fall meet, the Saddling Paddock Chalet is a truly special way to enjoy this Kentucky tradition.

Tickets are $60 per person on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays; $70 per person on Saturdays. Tickets include general admission, buffet and a program. Space is limited, so guests are encouraged to buy their tickets well in advance. Prices are subject to change. Reservations can be made online at

Know before you go: be sure to understand Keeneland’s dress code, cancellation policies and arrival time requirements.


Community matters at Bank of the Bluegrass

It’s not uncommon to hear a business talk about giving back to the community. Organizations of all sizes make donations around the holidays, encourage employees to volunteer, or conduct pro-bono work for good causes.

But it’s unusual for a business to trust its employees enough to provide them not just with encouragement—but with funds to help complete strangers.

Bank of the Bluegrass recently launched a Random Acts of Kindness program. Each month, employees of the bank are given a mission: to find someone in need and use money— allocated by the bank just for this purpose—to help them. That’s all there is to it.

It could be as simple as buying a busy mom’s groceries at Walmart, or helping a teacher stock their classroom with school supplies. Regardless of the cause, the bank trusts its employees to find people in need, and provides them with the funds to make their lives a little easier.

For a bank that’s been locally owned for nearly half a century, taking care of the Lexington community just makes sense.

“We believe in leadership, empowerment and autonomy across our organization,” said Tom Greinke, SVP, Chief Lending Officer. “The Random Acts of Kindness Program was a natural extension of our culture: empowering our team to support our community.

As the bank continues to grow—a new branch is opening on Romany Road in September, accompanying two existing branches on Southland Drive and High Street—that commitment will grow along with it. 


Andre Pater: An American Journey

The Headley-Whitney Museum of Art presents an exciting retrospective exhibit by the finest sporting artist of our time. Andre Pater: An American Journey will run September 13th through November 17th. Inspired by iconic Route 66, Pater’s travels across America have led to new horizons and forward movement of his artistic journey. This exhibit features 66 works on loan from private collections including equine, sporting and genre, as well as Pater’s most recent Native American works, in celebration of Pater’s 66th juncture.

The Polish-born, Kentucky-based artist has had a love for horses since his youth, where he would accompany his mother and grandmother when they visited the markets in his home country of Poland. He began painting full time after his move to the United States, where he arrived with a degree in architecture. Inspired by the thoroughbreds and the sporting lifestyle, he called Lexington home in 1988. Known for his mastery of light, his paintings are vibrant and modern, which separates him from his counterparts of centuries past.

A Matter of Light, the Art of Andre Pater is to be released this Fall. The first comprehensive overview of the artist’s work ever published, this 240-page coffee table book includes over 200 selected paintings and drawings, along with writings, musings, observations and essays about Andre Pater’s life and work.

The Headley-Whitney Museum of Art is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-4pm starting September 13th.



Hair, beauty and a whole lot more at Peri Ave

North Limestone’s newest addition is here! Peri Ave, owned by Maya McCutchen, is a new salon that offers specialty hair and beauty services. The space also acts as a cultural advancement center, offering pop up shops, art displays, live music, nonprofit support and more.

Peri Ave will serve as a pocket museum for the Lexington History Museum, where visitors can come by to learn more about Lexington’s rich history. They also offer an intimate event space for small gatherings like bridal parties, baby showers, speaking engagements and charity events. The space has a beautiful victorian aesthetic with modern barn touches. For more information, visit their Facebook page.


One Love Boutique offers vintage and handmade goods to love

Originally founded in 2017, the husband and wife team of Steve and Jennifer Kohlman began selling their unique products at local craft and antique shows, online and by appointment. Now, One Love Boutique has found a permanent home.

One Love offers a wide variety of home and lifestyle decor, from vintage and antique furniture to baby boutique clothing and accessories. They even offer child-friendly essential oils! Many of the products sold at One Love Boutique are either handmade or rare, vintage products. From vintage Kantha Quilts to farm chic décor, candles and cute dresses, there’s plenty to see in store!

Their grand opening took place on the 17th and 18th of August during the Woodland Art Fair. Curious about One Love? Stop by their brick and mortar location at 219 Woodland Avenue. They also sell online and at local craft and antique shows. They can also offer sales by appointment. 


The Fluffy Flamingo makes plus size style more accessible!

There’s a new opening in town! The Fluffy Flamingo is the first boutique in Central Kentucky to cater exclusively to plus size women. All women deserve the right to beautiful, well- fitting clothes that are affordable, aesthetically pleasing and perhaps most importantly, accessible. The Fluffy Flamingo has made it their goal to provide trendy, fashionable clothing and accessories to all the beautiful, curvy women out there. With sizes ranging from 14 to 28 and trends to match any taste, you’ll be sure never to leave empty-handed. The grand opening was August 23rd. They are conveniently located at 712 Henry Clay Blvd, Lexington. Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am - 6pm and Sunday, 12pm - 5pm.