From a preview of Grassa Gramma, opening in January, to an appraisal about modern architecture, here are Insider’s top stories this week.

Grassa Gramma, with the feel of an Italian castle, to open in early January

Kevin Grangier had a vision for an extraordinary Italian restaurant. That vision is about to be unveiled to the public, wrote Kevin Gibson. Read more about how when customers first walk through the doors of Grassa Gramma sometime during the first week in January (a hard grand opening date hasn’t been announced yet), those people might think they’ve stumbled through a time portal and into a castle somewhere near Milan.

UofL Health taps new CEO

The University of Louisville Health system will have a new leader in 2019, the school announced Wednesday, reported Olivia Krauth. Read more about how Tom Miller, a health care professional with over 30 years of experience, will be taking the top role on Jan. 7. As CEO, he will oversee UofL Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, among other clinics and ventures.

New twist in Jewish Hospital saga: UofL appears to want to buy it with a partner

There’s a new twist in the Jewish Hospital saga: The University of Louisville appears to want to buy it with the help of a partner, reported Boris Ladwig. Read more about how in an email obtained by Insider, University Hospital CEO and University Medical Center Board Chair Ken Marshall wrote that the institution had submitted a non-binding letter of intent to Catholic Health Initiatives, the Denver-based parent of KentuckyOne Health, to acquire its Louisville-based assets. “This will allow us to do detailed due diligence and vet potential partners,” Marshall wrote.

Carmichael’s Bookstore turns 40 as founders pass torch to daughter and niece

It’s pretty much impossible to think of a local business that embodies the “buy local” movement better than Carmichael’s Bookstore, wrote Eli Keel. Read more about how this holiday season, the beloved shop has lots of big news and plenty of reasons to celebrate — including a whopping 40-year anniversary, an expansion of its iconic Longest Avenue location, and a much deserved retirement for original owners Carol Besse and Michael Boggs. The founders are passing the torch to their daughter, Miranda Blankenship, and their niece, Kelly Estep.

An Appraisal: Modern architecture in Louisville is a challenge and an opportunity

– Historic storefronts contributing to a lively street scene in Lancaster, Pa. | Photo by Porter Stevens

The last few years have been an exciting time for urban Louisville, wrote Porter Stevens. Read more about how downtown and many of the neighborhoods surrounding it have experienced an explosion of new activity, that just a decade ago would have been unthinkable. Construction sites of all shapes and sizes have sprouted up across the urban core, bringing new apartments, restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues to neighborhoods like Schnitzelburg, Butchertown, Paristown Pointe, Old Louisville and Portland. But with new growth comes growing pains.

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