Thursday, January 30, 2014

Exchange Pub + Kitchen, a Pillar of Its Community

Even for timid Louisvillians wary about crossing the Mighty Ohio without a passport, New Albany's Exchange Pub + Kitchen is easy to find ...
@TheVoiceTribune review by Robin Garr
Polenta and black-bean fritters at
Exchange Pub + Kitchen in New Albany.
How good is Exchange Pub + Kitchen? Why, it’s a Pillar of its community.  I mean that literally: This month the popular spot in New Albany’s buzzing downtown dining scene won one of the city’s Pillar Awards, which recognize contributors to downtown restoration and renovation. 
Exchange Pub won the Horizon Award, honoring co-owners Ian and Nikki Hall for their 2012 move  from the Grant Line Road area into the historic 1875-era Shrader Stables building downtown, the New Albany Tribune reported.
Steve and Donna Resch, the developers who restored Shrader Stables for the eatery’s use, won the 2013 Renaissance Award. The local newspaper cited “the restoration of the building’s mezzanine, the reuse of salvaged lumber for dining tables and the replica use of the old Shrader Stables’ signage for The Exchange’s storefront” among highlights. 
Okay fine, applause and all that. But how’s the restaurant?  Let’s  put it this way:  I’d rate it in the region’s top tier of gastro-pubbish eateries. It would be a standout whether it’s in New Albany, NuLu, Frankfort Avenue or Bardstown Road. 
Read my full review on LouisvilleHotBytes.com, and click to it in this week's Voice-Tribune.