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Panel of Louisville restaurateurs to discuss the restaurant landscape

Scheduled for March 8

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 7, 2017) — The Venture Connectors monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on March 8 at the Muhammad Ali Center will feature a panel of Louisville restaurateurs discussing the restaurant landscape locally and nationally.

imgresPanelists will share successes in the marketplace, as well as challenges in a competitive culinary city and what the future holds for independent restaurants. They will also offer thoughts on current threats facing restaurant operators and insights into what makes them and their restaurants tick.

Food writer Steve Coomes will serve as moderator.


  • Fernando Martinez is a partner and executive chef for OLE Restaurant Group in Louisville. A native of Cuba, Martinez has opened numerous restaurants in Louisville, including Guaca Mole, Artesano Vino Tapas y Mas, Mercato Italiano, El Taco Luchador and Red Barn Kitchen. His partners in OLE are his wife, Christina Martinez, and cousin, Yaniel Martinez.
  • Susan Hershberg founded Wiltshire Pantry in 1989 and has since led it to become one of Louisville’s premier caterers. In the latter years of that 28-year stretch, she opened Wiltshire on Market in Nulu, Wiltshire Bakery & Cafe in the Highlands and Wiltshire at the Speed, a cafe and catering operation located in the Speed Art Museum.
  • Chad Coulter is a pharmacist turned entrepreneur and restaurateur. Along with his wife, Lauren Coulter, he first opened Uptown Art, a “paint and sip” concept, which has two locations in the Louisville area. The couple recently sold Uptown Art to focus on expanding LouVino, their wine-focused “small plates” restaurant. LouVino has two locations in Louisville and one in Fishers, Ind.