Lexington is a city with a deep-rooted dining culture. A common conversation around water coolers and over text messages usually begins with, “Have you tried that new place _______ yet? I just heard about it.” And when word does get out about an imminent restaurant opening, the collective metaphoric breath-holding is almost palpable. Such was the feeling with Lockbox, the restaurant located inside the just-as-anticipated 21C Hotel on Main St. downtown. It’s bold, it’s artsy, it’s cool; it’s a lot of things that many Lexington restaurants aren’t, and a lot of things that I feel the people of Lexington were wanting. Sure, we all need our place to go grab a beer and some wings and watch a UK game, but we are also a fairly urbane community, whose level of culinary sophistication is growing – albeit slowly. So my significant otherΒ (Mr. 5th Food Group) and I dropped by to give Lockbox a turn and see what it and chefΒ Johnathan Searle were bringing to the ever-changing Lexington restaurant scene.

A stunning light display in the lobby of the hotel.

A stunning light display in the lobby of the hotel.

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