Loma's at the Opera House

Five ran­dom obser­va­tions from the week that was… plus a “hot take” on the news.

  1. Friday evening, my wife and I dined at Loma’s at the Opera House. Every time we eat there, I think of get­ting the shrimp & grits but then decide on some­thing else. Well, this time I went for it. And I cer­tain­ly was not dis­ap­point­ed! Lomas’ take on the south­ern clas­sic dish includes beer cheese grits topped with shrimp sauteed in gar­lic but­ter, cher­ry toma­toes, roast­ed corn, can­died bacon, and scal­lions. It was so good! Jen had the fried chick­en sal­ad — she said the chick­en was some of the best she’s ever had, and she loves fried chick­en. And if like me, you enjoy a great cock­tail with your meal, you should know that Loma’s makes the best Old Fashioned in town. 
  2. This is shame­ful! A Lawrenceburg man, Dustin Burley, who is run­ning for the state leg­is­la­ture, had the police called on him. His alleged crime? Knocking on doors to can­vass for oth­er can­di­dates. Burley hap­pens to be Black. (Knocking while Black — Herald-Leader)
  3. Happy to see my favorite Kentucky author, Silas House, win a very pres­ti­gious award. receiv­ing the Duggins Prize for Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist, the largest prize giv­en to an LGBTQIA+ writer in the United States. (Herald-Leader arti­cle)
  4. If you trav­el Boone Avenue on your com­mute, you might want to avoid the 300 block Monday and Tuesday. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced it will be mov­ing the three large trees at 351 Boone. Workers will be on site between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on both days. They intend­ed to keep one lane open at all times, but sig­nif­i­cant delays are expected. 
  5. I was delight­ed to see my friend (and every­one’s friend) Tim Smith fea­tured recent­ly in Kentucky Living mag­a­zine. Tim, as you no doubt know, is the host of Mornings on Main on WWKY here in Winchester. The arti­cle fea­tured Tim as well as oth­er radio per­son­al­i­ties in Kentucky who are keep­ing local radio alive in the com­mon­wealth. (Hometown radio per­son­al­i­ties serve the com­mu­ni­ty  — Kentucky Living)

Hot take: It was nice see­ing the rain­bow flags down­town last month. It was a start, but we can do more. I want to see Winchester host a Pride fes­ti­val and/or parade next year dur­ing Pride Month. Is any­one will­ing to step up and lead this effort? I’d be will­ing to help out, and I know I speak for the board of WinCity in say­ing we would be will­ing to do any­thing we can to help. 

  • Pete Koutoulas

    Pete is an IT pro­fes­sion­al work­ing in Lexington. Formerly of Campton, he and his wife have lived in Winchester since 2015. Pete is a for­mer week­ly news­pa­per pub­lish­er and for­mer colum­nist for the Winchester Sun. These days, when not work­ing he can often be found on his back porch read­ing or writ­ing, in the back­yard tend­ing to his toma­to plants, or put­ter­ing around in his garage or work­shop. Reach Pete at pete@wincitynews.org.