LIVE TO EAT: Grand opening for Cox’s Hot Chicken today, and good ink for Pints&union’s food.

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I meant to post earlier than this afternoon about the grand opening, but it slipped through the cracks.

Kindly note the change since earlier reports suggested the name “Big Four” would survive; the owner and namesake chose to identify the entire space as Cox’s, with bar areas at both the New Albany and Jeffersonville locations to be branded with the Goodwood Brewing name.

I’m told the Cox’s location in Jeffersonville eventually will feature Goodwood Brewing beers brewed on site, but I cannot verify this at present.

Cox’s Hot Chicken is latest in economic boom for downtown New Albany, by Rachael Krause (WAVE-3)

New restaurant in downtown New Albany marks homecoming for businessman

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – Big Four Burgers is out and Cox’s Hot Chicken is in.

The new restaurant is the latest in a string of recent businesses opening up in New Albany’s downtown.

“We found a niche and we think the area needed it,” Andrew Cox, owner of Cox’s Hot Chicken in New Albany, said.

There’s nothing like it in the community and the trending interest in the downtown area will serve him and his customers well, Cox believes.

Opening this restaurant has been a kind of homecoming for Cox. He’s opened around 50 bars and restaurants around the U.S. over the years, but said he decided to move back home to be closer with family.

“It’s really cool, just to have my family come — my uncle’s eating lunch right now,” Cox said.

The new restaurant and take-out area will take over the former Big Four Burgers spot on Main Street. It’s the latest in a series of new shops and restaurants opening up downtown …

Meanwhile Kevin Gibson (writing at Insider Louisville) and his friends enjoyed their meals at Pints&union.

Pints & Union has burst onto the local bar scene with a big buzz, and it has the market cornered on atmosphere with its quirky yet welcoming vibe, replete with antiques, taxidermy, vintage (and sometimes creepy) portraits and a European vibe.

Add to that a robust cocktail program and beer list that explores classic European styles built for the purest of purists, and you’re in pretty good territory. Now add a menu that features pub grub inspired by everything from European cuisine to American classics, and it adds up to, well, deserved buzz.

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