Q&A with Charles Reed, Owner of Melba’s Culinary Canvas

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Q&A with Charles Reed, Owner of Melba’s Culinary Canvas

Publication Date: 02-23-2021

This week we checked in with Charles Reed, Owner of the brand new Melba’s Culinary Canvas. Find out Charles’ take on the new restaurant in Downtown Louisville.

Downtown Neighbors: Q&A with Charles Reed, Owner of Melba’s Culinary Canvas

Q: Now that people have begun to resume in-person work, how are you interacting in new and safe ways?

Melba’s is following all Covid-19 guidelines including social distancing and mask requirements.

Q: What are you most looking forward to when normal events and activities resume?

A full dining room which holds 144 guests, and coming this spring, outside dining to accommodate 22 guests.

Q: Now that the majority of our restaurants are open again, what is your favorite spot to grab lunch or coffee?

Melba’s offers a variety of lunch items ranging from sandwiches like the “Jimmy’s South Street” made with Beef Sirloin to their Russel Asian Ramen Broth Bowls, Tacos, and favorites like the Western Lunch Skirt with Teri Marinade, Char-grill, pepper onion, whipped potato, and house veggies. The lunch menu can be found on our website at melbaslouisville.com.

Q: What new technologies have you learned to employ to ensure the productivity of your workplace?

I implemented technology needed to have Melba’s Artisan Chocolates added to the Amazon Gourmet Grocery. This produced great results through Christmas and Valentine’s Day, and we are working to add additional products. You can view their products via Amazon.com- Melbas Culinary Canvas.

Q: What’s your go-to spot Downtown to pick up a gift for a friend or loved one?

Melba’s! We have a retail pastry shop along with “Kidz Cakes”, books and kitchen gadgets. Visit their website to the ‘shop’ category for our retail programs.

Q: How often are you coming downtown, and how has your routine been affected?

Beginning in February of 2020 I have been Downtown 7 days a week, working to build the Melba’s Brand.

Charles Reed, Owner

Melba’s Culinary Canvas

430 W Jefferson Street, Louisville KY 40202


Hours: 7 a.m- 4 p.m. Monday- Friday


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