Lauren Coulter and her husband Chad haven’t always been restaurateurs. In a past career life, the two were practicing pharmacists before they decided to think outside the pill box in 2014.
It was then that they went for a more entrepreneurial way of living and opened the first LouVino in The Highlands of Louisville on Bardstown Road. Since then, Coulter says the opportunities to expand their business northbound, with new locations in Louisville, the Indianapolis area, and Cincinnati – in Over-the-Rhine to be exact.
LouVino is a small plates and wine bar that specializes in Southern-inspired small plates (that are usually rather generous portions, hence southern). But they don’t just serve up Southern food at LouVino, they also offer wine.
“We have 60 wines by the glass, we are a wine bar that wants to make learning about and trying wine approachable to anyone who wants to learn,” explains Coulter. LouVino also serves up bourbon, cocktails, and beer to satisfy the palettes of its customers.
Coulter says she knows that a Southern-inspired eatery is different than the norm you find in Cincinnati, giving the Queen City a unique new offering.
“Our extremely creative kitchen that comes up with the food that changes seasonally definitely adds to the restaurant’s uniqueness as well,” she says. “We also know that each location is so specific to the area it’s been placed in. We spent a lot of time making sure we listened to what people who dine in OTR wanted and needed, and have tried to deliver that the best we can. We love our neighborhood, and want to be a stop for everyone to enjoy.”
As the year moves forward for LouVino Coulter says that they are hoping to establish a Wine Education and dinner program in OTR this year. “We have a few really cool things coming up include a rose wine class and maybe even a Harry Potter dinner,” she says.