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Windy Corner Market and Restaurant sits north of Lexington amid some of America’s most legendary horse farms. In her newest venture, chef/owner Ouita Michel aims to create another legend with a restaurant that honors local farmers and great food.
We use Kentucky ingredients in our recipes, we have Kentucky foodstuffs for sale on our shelves.
Windy Corner’s menu features Po-Boy sandwiches on locally made brioche, burgers, salads, seafood, breakfast, bakery goodies, soft-serve ice cream and more. Dinner specials range from meatloaf to steamed lobster, from local pasta to catfish. Wine and beer, including Kentucky-produced favorites, are available.
Windy Corner is fashioned after an old country store. “We knew we wanted a new place that felt as old as the wonderful historic buildings that house Windy Corner’s sister restaurants, Wallace Station Deli and Bakery and Holly Hill Inn in neighboring Woodford County,” Michel said.
The siding and floors are made from reclaimed wood; there’s beadboard on the walls; the roof is red; lilacs and lavender dot the landscape; and a screened-in porch sits out back.
Our aim for Windy Corner is to provide a market for Kentucky farms. We invite you to join our quest to build our local farming and food communities and economies by eating and buying local foods.
Frank’s food service career began in 1976 working for his uncle and cousin at the neon-marked house of cheap eats Burger and Shake on New Circle Road.
“I was ready to make fries or shakes, but my uncle pointed me to the garbage can. ‘Can’t do anything on the inside unless you can keep the outside clean,’ he said.”
In August 1983, the avid sports fan moved to Los Angeles to be near the 1984 Olympic Games and lived with high school and college friends. While there, Frank worked several food-service jobs on the West Coast, including a gig with a cousin’s catering business. Cheers Catering provided food for awards shows and movie premieres such as Black Hawk Down, Snow Dogs and the Country Music Awards.
Frank eventually left food service and spent 15 years on the road in the textbook brokering industry.
After the loss of his first wife to breast cancer, he returned to Lexington and reconnected with a former girlfriend, Annette Jett, who was a caterer. They married and together operated Annette’s Catering and Annette’s Casual Cafe and Bakery, which has since closed. Frank joined Ouita Michel’s team in 2010 as manager of the newly opened Windy Corner.
Customers who want to talk sports should introduce themselves to Frank. Fan of all sports, he particularly favors the NFL, track and field and the University of Kentucky. He’s a horse racing fan and has been to numerous Kentucky Derbys and visited many of the nation’s storied tracks, including Arlington, Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Saratoga. He’s not just a spectator. “I also like to throw a ball, swim, dive, shoot hoops — I like the play time,” Frank said.
Frank and Annette have two children, Gracie and Charlie. They live in Lexington. Gracie was born with agenesis of the corpus callosum, where the bridge between the two hemispheres of the brain is either missing or incomplete. The lobes therefore cannot communicate with one another. Gracie’s ACC was discovered in utero. Thanks to therapy from Kentucky’s First Steps program, public school and private sources, she is walking and talking and continues to thrive.
What sports will Gracie and Charlie play? “Charlie’s mentioned basketball and golf. Gracie says she wants to run. She’s got a fast walk. She’s got her jumping down pretty good — maybe she’ll be a track girl.”