Parkette Drive In
Parkette Co-Owner, Randy Kaplan will be featured on the Rachael Ray Show on Monday, December 30, 2013, Lexington, Ky, WLEX, 11:00am.

The Parkette Drive-In was featured on the Food Network's, Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives on September 20, 2010.











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Live with Lee at The Parkette Drive-In

WLEX-TV, Lex18.com

VIDEOS:
Live with Lee Cruise #1
Live with Lee Cruise #2
Live with Lee Cruise #3


February 26, 2014

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February 1, 2014

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Rachael Ray Show
News Release:
Randy Kaplan from Parkette, featured on the Rachael Ray Show

Watch the Video from the show!

Parkette Co-Owner, Randy Kaplan will be featured on the Rachael Ray Show on Monday, December 30, 2013, Lexington, Ky, WLEX, 11:00am.

Iron Chef Bobby Flay, a regular co-host on the Rachael Ray Show, issued a Nationwide Burger Challenge for the best burger recipes, on Ms. Ray’s show.

Mr. Kaplan entered Parkette’s very own Kentucky Hot Brown Burger and was one of three finalists

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Tidbits: Parkette Drive In's hot Brown burger takes on 'Rachael Ray Show' contest
By Sharon Thompson
swthompson@herald-leader.com,
December 11, 2013

Iron Chef Bobby Flay and celebrity chef Rachael Ray recently issued a Nationwide Burger Challenge, and Parkette Drive In co-owner Randy Kaplan stepped up to put his best burger on the line.

Kaplan entered Parkette's Kentucky hot Brown burger in the competition and was chosen one of three finalists. He will appear on The Rachael Ray Show on Dec. 30.

Read more here:

The VIDEO from the Food Network's, Diner's, Drive-In's & Dives, hosted by Guy Fieri:

The VIDEO from "Secrets of Bluegrass Chefs" host, Tim Laird, takes you behind the scenes at Lexington's famous and historic Parkette Drive-in. Aired Nov. 17th, 2013:

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Parkette opens new 90-seat expansion
Lexington Herald-Leader - By Cheryl Truman — ctruman@herald-leader.com
"Parkette Garage Dining Room" UPDATE 9/14/2013

The Parkette's dine-in garage opened for business on Friday, providing seating for up to 90 people behind its main restaurant building at 1230 East New Circle Road in Lexington.

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PHOTO BY CHARLES BERTRAM | STAFF — Herald-Leader

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WKYT TV:
Parkette Drive-In expanding dining area

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Some changes are on the menu for an iconic Lexington restaurant.

The owners of Parkette Drive-In, on New Circle Road, say they're expanding the dining area of the restaurant.

They're adding 90 seats for people who would rather dine-in, instead of eat in their cars.

"When we first opened in 2009, we redesigned the dining room to make it a full service retro 50s concept, and we had no idea how popular it was going to be," Parkette Co-Owner Randy Kaplan said. "It's so popular, we're having to turn folks away, so we're going to solve that problem."

The owners say the expanded dining room will have a retro 50s garage theme.

We're told it should be finished by July 4.

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30 YEARS!!!
Parkette Manager, Joyce Golden, is celebrating 30 YEARS with the Parkette Drive-In Restaurant.

Joyce was hired by Parkette founder, Joe Smiley, on March 6, 1983.

In celebration, we are offering .30, 16oz PEPSI products ALL WEEK from March 4 - 9 AND .30 FRIES on Saturday March 9, 2013.

March 9th was the official day of re-opening under the new ownership of Jeff and Randy Kaplan.
Thanks, Randy

Lexington Herald-Leader, Sunday October 14, 2012
From typewriters to pie, city has a varied cultural identity
By Cheryl Truman — ctruman@herald-leader.com
UnCommonwealth: 50 things that define Lexington

10. The Parkette Drive-In sign and the Burger Shake sign, both on New Circle Road.
That (Parkette) carhop has been leaning forward for six decades.

UNCOMMONWEALTH-50 Link to the article:
YouTube Video called: Ridin with James (at the Parkette)
Parkette friend Byron Dawson made a YouTube Video called: Ridin with James Dean. The video features Parkette and of course his famous "James Dean".
SEE the YOUTUBE VIDEO
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The Parkette is turning 60!
The Parkette Drive-In Restaurant is celebrating our 60th year Anniversary on November 11, 2011.

We want to thank Lexington for all the years of support.
Thanks, Randy

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Twenty-seventh/Council Recess Edition - Gem in the District - page 4/5
Parkette Drive-In Lends a Touch Of Nostalgic Charm to the 5th District
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Posted on Thursday, Jul. 14, 2011 - From the LEXGO Eat - Kentucky.com
Restaurant review: Parkette Drive-In is totally retro
By Wendy Miller

The Parkette's sign towers above many other structures on East New Circle Road. Erected in the late 1950s, it stood for a quintessentially American dining spot: the drive-in, a place where you could eat in your car, your real "home away from home." You could be alone or with family or friends, yet enveloped, just far enough from other diners while remaining part of a collective.

In 2008, the Kaplan brothers — two smart transplants who cared enough about their adopted city's unique character to rescue the closed Parkette — began restoring the place. The work has been successful — so much so that last year, it put our fair city on the Food Network's map when Guy Fieri featured it (and a few other local eateries) on his show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

On any given day, the parking lot is packed with trucks and compact cars, SUVs and hybrids. It is a democratic cross-section of drivers, one that seems to reflect everyone circa now.
READ THE ARTICLE

From the Chevy Chaser Magazine - August 2010
Resurrecting History Was An Unexpected Family Affair

Brothers celebrate more than a year of operating Parkette Drive-In!
READ THE ARTICLE!

To: randy@theparkette.com   Subject: Parkette article
Hi Randy,
I just wanted to let you know I wrote an article with pictures of The Parkette that is in today's edition of the online news site HuntingtonNews.net. The article can be read at http://www.huntingtonnews.net/local/100206-lloyd-parkette.html
I also wrote a positive review for an online review site.

My husband and I visited a couple of weeks ago and were thrilled to see The Parkette sign lit and the restaurant open. We don't get to Lexington very often so it was a pleasant surprise.
Sandee Lloyd

Ladies and Gentlemen, Lexington's very own, The Bats....
Lexington's Bats visit local vintage locations for some cognitively-challenged, boa-adorned, ornamental concrete-intense fun!
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If you're not an instant winner, you will receive a text coupon for a:
Buy 1 Meal and 2 Drinks and Receive a Free Meal (up to an $8 value), if you Return to Parkette within the next 7 days.

Parkette's chicken fried in lard appeals to Food Network star

By Sharon Thompson
swthompson@herald-leader.com

It was the lard that grabbed the heart of Food Network star Guy Fieri on Tuesday.

Fieri, star of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, came to the Parkette Drive-In on Lexington's New Circle Road to fry chicken and make a Poor Boy — and to tell America the best fried chicken is cooked in lard.

"He was just loving that lard," Parkette co-owner Randy Kaplan said. "We stay authentic to Joe Smiley's original recipe, and we have a designated fryer just for that. We hand-cut the chicken, make the batter fresh daily, hand-roll the chicken, drop and fry. He loved that."

The restored counter at Lexington's Parkette Drive-In.

- When Food Network star Guy Fieri, center, visited the Parkette Drive-in on Tuesday to tape Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, he was greeted by fans including Jayne Wescott, left, Jennifer Bassett, Brittany Wescott and Tamara Conner.

It took about five hours for Kaplan and Fieri to fry chicken, make Poor Boys and concoct Parkette's hot dog chili.

While in Lexington, Fieri also visited J.J. McBrewster's on Clays Mill Road.

The Food Network contacted the Parkette's Kaplan about appearing on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives about three months ago.

Last week, a production crew came to get preliminary shots of the food. That turned out to be such a hectic day that Kaplan and his brother Jeff decided to close the restaurant to the public until 4 p.m. Tuesday, the day Fieri would arrive.

The film crew showed up before daylight Tuesday to set up lights and shoot more food pictures. Fieri arrived about 1 p.m., and the only customers allowed to participate were those who had e-mailed the show touting the wonders of the Parkette.

"The show had actually saved all the e-mails from people asking him (Fieri) to come to Parkette," Kaplan said. "They were invited guests, and it was just awesome. I can't thank people enough for supporting Parkette and going out and being vocal about what we mean to the city. The folks were here about four hours, just sitting."

It will be about four to eight months before Central Kentucky — and all of America — gets to see Fieri and Kaplan fry chicken the same way Smiley did 58 years ago.

Before Fieri stopped at Parkette, he was at J.J. McBrewster's.

"They featured our barbecue and the fact that we have authentic Western Kentucky barbecued goat, pork and mutton," owner Susan Mirkhan said. "A crew was here Friday, and they did an overview of everything we offer, and yesterday was the Guy day."

Fieri focused on the restaurant's Western Kentucky sauce, which has been in Mirkhan's family for 75 years.

Reach Sharon Thompson at (859) 231-3321 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3321.

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859-254-8723

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The Parkette, Lexington, KY - From the VisitSouth.com Website

Enjoy a Poor Boy at Lexington's Favorite Drive-In Restaurant

By Fiona Young-Brown
Destinations » Lexington » The Parkette, Lexington, KY

The restored counter at Lexington's Parkette Drive-In.

The restored counter at Lexington's Parkette Drive-In.

Photo courtesy Jeff and Randy Kaplan

Web site: theparkette.com
859-254-8723



 


1230 E. New Circle Road   Lexington, Ky, 40505
(859) 254-8723   859-381-0617 fax
randy@theParkette.com

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