LEXINGTON, KY – Epping’s on Eastside, the locally-owned restaurant in downtown Lexington’s Warehouse Block, will reopen on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 for dinner and weekend brunch service. After a closure of more than three months related to Covid-19 restrictions, Epping’s is set to reopen with a refreshed menu concept – sharable small plates – as well as a new wine shopping experience.

The restaurant’s shift to a primarily small plates menu will create a more communal dining experience, while still showcasing Epping’s signature scratch-kitchen style and local ingredients. Small plate options include:  lamb meatballs, glazed heirloom carrots, and smoked chicken spring rolls, among others. A range of “large plate” entrees will also be available.  

“After more than a year of cooking at home, we thought people would be ready to try a wider variety of dishes and flavors as they return to restaurant dining,” said Executive Chef Cole Arimes, co-owner of Epping’s on Eastside. “Transitioning to a sharable, small plates menu really opens up the Epping’s dining experience for more exploration and brings some fun to the group at each table.”

Epping’s guests will now have the opportunity to select their wine in a more interactive way, with the creation of a “wine cellar” at the Walton Avenue building entrance. Hundreds of vintages from the award-winning Coles 735 Main and Epping’s on Eastside wine program are to be offered onsite for purchase by the bottle at competitive retail pricing. Guests will be encouraged to select a wine bottle to pair with their meals by walking through and perusing the labels and unique vintages offered. Takeout bottles will be offered at a 20 percent discount from the in-restaurant price.

“This is the perfect way for guests to take more of a hands-on role in their wine selection,” said Chris Hutchison, Director of Operations and Sommelier for the restaurant group. “Our wine program is special in that we strive to showcase smaller, hard-to-find vintages with great stories behind the wines. We’re excited to offer the wine selection experience to guests in a more tangible and enjoyable way.”

Epping’s on Eastside will reopen for service Tuesday-Sunday, with hours of 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday, and 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Weekend brunch will be served Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The restaurant will continue to practice strict safety and cleanliness protocol to prevent the spread of Covid-19, including mandatory staff masking, guest temperature checks, touchless menus, and social distancing.

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About Epping’s on Eastside:
Epping’s is owned by Executive Chef Cole Arimes and business partner Richard Turnbull, who also own and operate Lexington fine-dining restaurant Coles 735 Main. Nate Voorhees is Chef de Cuisine, and Patrick Harper is Manager. Epping’s is located at the corner of Walton and National Avenue in downtown Lexington’s Warehouse Block. Reservations and more details can be found at www.eppingsoneastside.com.