Louvino To Open Second Location in Middletown
Since opening in August, Louvino on Bardstown Road has quickly become a go-to place for good wine and small-plate dinners, where customers sometimes gladly wait up to two hours to get a taste.
So less than a year later, owners Chad and Lauren Coulter have already decided to spread the concept by adding a second location in Louisville\’s east end.
\”There\’s really only a select few places where if you want to have almost any kind of wine by the glass, there\’s just not that many places to go,\” said Chad Coulter, who along with his wife also owns two local Uptown Art studios that combine painting and drinking. \”… I think we\’re very outnumbered.\”
Earlier this year, the couple filed plans to build an 8,400-square-foot building on the Douglass Hills-Middletown line near the intersection of Blankenbaker Parkway and Shelbyville Road. About half the building\’s space will be dedicated to a second Louvino, while the remaining space will be open to two other businesses — possibly another restaurant and a gelato store, Coulter said.
The couple is still waiting to receive city permits before starting construction, but the Coulters hope to start serving from the location within the next 10 months.
The new Louvino, 11400 Main St., will resemble the first one, with a similar trendy, rustic look and most of the same menu items, including 60 bottles of wine available by glass. But because it will be larger and built to the owners\’ design, Coulter said he and his wife will be able to try new dishes and create a slightly different feel.
One change will be the addition of larger-portioned items, such as meat and cheese boards that will feed six to eight people instead of just two. Another change will be 20-foot-long community tables that invite guests to make friends with strangers sitting near them.
\”It\’s almost like staying in a hostel,\” Coulter said. \”You meet a lot of cool people.\”
The biggest change will likely be in the restaurant\’s hours, which will include lunch, unlike the Highlands location. Coulter said about 60,000 people work within a three-mile radius of the new spot, and the owners want to cater to them as well as the Sunday brunch crowd.
Coulter said he and his wife never had a definite goal to open a second Louvino location, but after seeing the success of the first, they\’ve acknowledged the concept has all kinds of possibilities — from more restaurants in Louisville to Louvinos in other cities, such as Indianapolis or Cincinnati.
\”We\’re just really seeing where it can take us,\” Coulter said.