The Taste of Frankfort Avenue will feature samples from more than 20 restaurants. | Courtesy

For 25 years, the Taste of Frankfort Avenue was held at the Clifton Center and featured the finest fare from the avenue. But this year, with the closure of the venerable Clifton Center, the event has gone through a makeover of sorts — with new ownership, a new date, a new venue and all new features.

And it’s debuting its fancy new newness on Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Mellwood Art & Entertainment Center.

The 26th annual Taste will still feature more than 20 samples from Frankfort Avenue’s best eateries, and it’ll also include a plethora of pop-up shops, interactive booths and more thanks to organizers from the Frankfort Avenue Business Association (FABA), the entity now in charge of the event.

Laurie Dobbins O’Neil

Laurie Dobbins O’Neil, who serves as president of the nonprofit, tells Insider that a few of the former Clifton Center board members challenged the organization to keep Taste of Frankfort Avenue going, since it had such a deep history in the community.

“FABA’s board accepted the challenge,” says O’Neil.

She explains that proceeds from the event will now go toward beautification projects on Frankfort Avenue that FABA plans to implement next year, as well as the United Crescent Hill Ministries, which helps provide emergency assistance to youth and older residents in the neighborhood.

The Taste also was typically held in June, which organizers were going to aim for this year, but when they started talking with the Mellwood Art Center as a possible venue, they suggested they pair with with the center’s annual Mellwood Art Show happening this weekend, Sept. 8-9.

“We loved the idea of collaborating with Mellwood, as we hope the Taste crowd will attend the art fair and then come and eat,” says O’Neil.

The Comfy Cow will be dishing out treats. | Courtesy

Participating restaurants include Bourbons Bistro, Coal’s Artisan Pizza, The Champagnery, Comfy Cow, Heine Brothers, Silver Dollar and many more, along with retailers like 5-0-LOU and Margaret’s Consignments.

O’Neil says she’s most looking forward to the food, the VIP Sip & Swig experience and the people.

“There are many volunteers and community residents who have helped with and attended Taste of Frankfort Avenue for years,” she says. “We know this is a transition and truly appreciate the support and enthusiasm the FABA members, board and our community have shown.”

Taste of Frankfort Avenue will run from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Mellwood Art Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave. Tickets are $45 for general admission, or $100 for VIP.

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog (barbelleblog.com) daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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