ICYMI: More downtown traffic woes, Mumford & Sons return, smart city news and more

Happy Monday… here are some news stories you may have missed.

Portion of Second Street closed for construction

Downtown traffic got even more congested this morning as Second Street, between Washington and Main, closed for construction. The closure is expected to last around a month and is in effect from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

This means portions of Second, Third and Fourth are closed to varying degrees for the next month, so plan your downtown trips accordingly.

Mumford & Sons coming back to Louisville

The Yum! Center announced that British folk-rock superstars Mumford & Sons are coming to town on May 23. Tickets go on sale on Friday, Jan. 27.

Their latest album was the 2015 “Wilder Mind.”

Dragon King’s Daughter and Grind Burger expand hours

Dragon King’s Daughter

Starting Monday, Dragon King’s Daughter on Bardstown Road in the Highlands has expanded its business hours and is now open for lunch at noon every day. Lunch Bento Boxes will be available Monday through Friday from noon until 3 p.m.

Grind Burger Kitchen in NuLu is also expanding hours, adding happy hours and expanding the menu. Starting Jan. 29, the restaurant will be open for lunch on Sundays, with the possibility of dinner being added. In early February, Happy Hour, from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, will include discounts on food, cocktails and draft beer.

According to Dana McMahan of The Courier-Journal, “Grind has also amped up their bourbon offerings, with 68 now available. Four of their staff are┬áStave and Thief Society certified bourbon stewards, and there are several new bourbon flights on offer.”

CNET talks Louisville Smart Apartment

CNET has partnered with the city to create some “smart city” innovations together. These innovations are being tested and perfected at the CNET Smart Apartment, a companion of sorts to last year’s CNET Smart Home in the suburbs of Louisville. The Smart Apartment is in the same building as Louisville’s Office of Performance Improvement and Innovation downtown on West Main Street.

Ashlee Clark Thompson of CNET reports the following “smart city” tech that CNET and the city have come up with:

  • The city and developers have finished a project in which Philips Hue bulbs will change colors based on the air quality in Louisville that day. That’s possible thanks to IFTTT, a free online service that lets you build “If this, then that”-style automation called “recipes” between different devices, social networks and services (for example, if the city of Louisville issues an ozone alert, then Philips Hue bulbs will turn red). Michael Schnuerle, the data officer for the city, said IFTTT just granted approval for the city’s recipes on the service, so they should be available for users soon.
  • You can ask for the daily flash briefing from Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer if you have a smart speaker connected to Alexa, Amazon’s digital, voice-activated assistant. Once you enable this Alexa “Skill,” you can ask, “Alexa, what’s my flash briefing?” to find out the latest from the mayor’s office.
  • Similar to the daily flash briefing Skill, there’s a Skill that enables you to ask Alexa the date of the next junk pickup in your neighborhood.