February 09 2023
Nestled along Richmond Road on your way downtown, large older homes serve as the gateway to the cozy streets that make up Kenwick and Mentelle Park. While these historic neighborhoods have become a hot spot for young professionals, they are also home to a community of longtime residents.
If you haven’t explored in a while, it might be time to rediscover why so many people — maybe even you — love to call it home.
Strolling through Kenwick is easy on the eyes. | Photo by LEXtoday
The early days
The origins of the 1100 block of Richmond Road date back to around 1797, when the two neighborhoods were originally contained in Henry Clay’s 600-acre estate. At the time, Kenwick + Mentelle were considered part of rural Fayette County, as the city’s street grid ended at present day Rose Street. In the 1830s, the land was sold and became a part of the Ellerslie estate — which is now in pieces underneath The Home Depot and Southland Christian Church.
Fun fact: The “Gingerbread House” at 116 Lincoln Ave., known as Rose Hill, was built by Charlotte and Waldemar Mentelle in 1839, hint hint.
Mentelle Park was formed in 1906 out of 56 lots, followed by Kenwick in 1909. Driving along these streets now it’s not uncommon to see a few houses with front doors facing their neighbors, and not the street.
Eat + drink
Dine the day away with a variety of flavorful stops from our neighbors in the Warehouse Block.
- Kenwick Table has the best of both worlds — start your morning buzz with coffee, tea + pastries, then kick back with beer, wine, or cocktails after 4 p.m.
Grab a pint of local craft beer from Mirror Twin Brewing — a dog-friendly brewery with plenty of outdoor seating + pizza options from Rolling Oven.
Enjoy an upscale brunch at Epping’s on Eastside and head home with 20% off a bottle of carryout wine from its in-house shop.
El Cid offers an authentic + unique Mexican food experience with unforgettable rooftop seating. Try the Piña Pa La Niña, served in a fresh pineapple.
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Drop-in Job Help | Wed., Aug. 31 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Beaumont Branch, Lexington Public Library, 3080 Fieldstone Way | Free | Get help on your job hunt with tips to polish up your resume. 💼
Nick Dittmeier & the Sawdusters | Wed., Aug. 31 | Red Barn Radio, 161 N. Mill St. | Free | Jam out to this artist’s creative + sonic sounds — blending rock, 1990s country, and Americana. 🎸
- Trippin Roots | Thurs., Sept. 1 | 8-10:30 p.m. | Elixir Downtown, 249 W. Short St. | Free, price of purchase | Sip specialty cocktails while grooving to the folk rock sounds of Trippin Roots.
- Carnival Block Party | Fri., Sept. 2 | 5-9 p.m. | Greyline Station, 101 W. Loudon Ave. | Free, price of purchase | Stop by this month's block party featuring tabletop games, a bounce house, and an inflatable soccer dart game + bring donations for the Bair Foundation. 🎯
- Annie Jr. | Sat., Sept. 3 | 6:30 p.m. | The Spotlight Playhouse, 214 Richmond Rd., Berea | $6+ | See the charming tale of little orphan Annie performed by students ages 4-11.
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- 83º | Sunny | 8% chance of rain
This Fri., Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. will be the ribbon-cutting + grand opening of Fresh Bourbon’s Tasting Room, located at 377 E. Main St., Ste. 100 — across from Carson’s. Hear remarks from the founders, city officials, and Gov. Andy Beshear. Then, continue the celebration at Creole at 6 p.m. 🥃
In other bourbon news, Blue Run Spirits LLC will be investing ~$51 million to bring a new whiskey operation to Georgetown. The project will create a 35,000-sqft distillery, a 20,000-sqft rickhouse + 45 jobs. (Cabinet for Economic Development)
Yesterday, Mayor Linda Gorton celebrated the beginning of a new affordable housing development, Christian Towers at 1511 Versailles Rd. The project will rehabilitate the original 92-unit apartment building and add on an additional 40 units. It will be available for low-income senior residents + mobility-impaired adults over age 18. 🏗️ (City of Lexington)
The "UK HealthCare Mark Stoops Show" is returning for its 10th season, hitting your airwaves every Monday during the football season from 6-7 p.m. You can submit questions to Coach Stoops + Tom Leach via Twitter or by phone. Tune in on 630 WLAP, on UKAthletics.com, and UK Sports Network radio affiliates. 🎙️ (UK Athletics)
The Blue Grass Airport announced that nonstop Delta flights to and from LaGuardia Airport will return in time for the Breeders’ Cup — November 3, 4, and 6. And while this is just a brief return, the airport is working to get this flight back permanently. Book your Big Apple trip. ✈️ (LinkedIn)
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Cozy up with a Miel Latte from Brevede featuring honey + cinnamon. | Photo by LEXtoday
The much-needed rain in Lexington the past couple of days has brought cloudier skies + fall-ish vibes. Even though we’re still experiencing temps near the 80s, we’ve got our sights, and appetites, set on some local seasonal sips. Here are a few we’ve found —
🍁 Maple Pecan Pancake Latte, Leestown Coffee House
With autumn-inspired flavors like brown butter toffee nut + huckleberry honey jasmine tea, Leestown Coffee has us falling for its seasonal menu. Try Maple Pecan Pancake Latte topped with spiced brown sugar whipped cream. The best part? You don’t even need a fork.
🍏 Apple Cider, Lussi Brown Coffee Bar
This locally-made apple cider is sourced from Eckert’s Orchard + complete with some comforting autumn spices. Pro tip: Add caramel for a caramel-apple-flavored cider.
🎃 Pumpkin Cold Brew, Old School Coffee
While we normally flock to the comfort of a classic PSL, Old School Coffee’s Pumpkin Cold Brew looks mighty tempting. With pumpkin cream cold foam on top, this one has us feeling gourd.
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