From to the Asian restaurant planned next to the Pearl to Republican Rep. Jeff Hoover’s speech ripping Gov. Matt Bevin, here are Insider’s top stories this week.

The Pearl owners planning Asian concept to complement the bar

An Asian restaurant is opening in Germantown, but it’s not Vietnam Kitchen as some rumors have suggested, reported Caitlin Bowling. Read more about how the owners of El Camino, The Pearl and Silver Dollar are planning a pan-Asian fast casual concept called Nêông Tiger at 1149 Goss Ave. to complement The Pearl, a neighborhood bar right next door.

El Taco Luchador expanding in the Highlands, Mabel and Moss moving

El Taco Luchador plans to expand into the space next door to its Baxter Avenue location, and the boutique occupying it, Mabel and Moss, is moving downtown. Read more about how to remedy its space problem, Olé Restaurant Group, which owns El Taco Luchador and five other restaurant concepts, is taking over Mabel and Moss, which will open on the first floor of the Hilton Garden Inn downtown.

The Champagnery coming to Frankfort Avenue

Husband and wife, Brad and Charlotte Stengel, along with their nephew Eric Wentworth, are opening a lounge called The Champagnery at Architype Gallery, located at 1764 Frankfort Ave. Read more about plans for the drink menu, which will include Champagne and sparkling wine by the glass, in flights or in cocktail form. The Champagnery also will offer a full bar for those who want something else. It will serve minimal food, likely cheese and charcuterie plates.

Copper & Kings sells minority stake to Constellation Brands

Copper & Kings American Brandy Co., founded by Joe and Lesley Heron, has sold a minority equity stake to Constellation Brands, Caitlin Bowling reported. Read more about Copper & Kings’ plans to grow and how it views the transaction.

Hoover resigns as speaker, but not from House, in speech that rips Bevin for ‘lies from the deepest pits of hell’
Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown

In an emotional speech on the chamber floor of the state House on Monday afternoon, Republican Rep. Jeff Hoover resigned as Speaker of the House, Joe Sonka reported,  though Hoover added that he will remain in his seat as a District 83 representative and firing more criticism at those who want him out of the House, such as Gov. Matt Bevin. Read more about how Hoover singled out Bevin, saying that he is guilty of telling “lies from the deepest pits of hell” about him.



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