Restaurant Gets OK For Outdoor Screens
A new $2 million restaurant to be built in combination with the shell of a historic house at the RiverPark Place marina and condos will have six huge video screens visible from the outside.
The plan for the still-unnamed upscale restaurant, approved recently by the Waterfront Development Corp., will combine the new construction with the Paget House — a historic structure that will be used for parties and other catered functions when the dining spot opens, probably in mid-2016, waterfront officials said.
The operators of the restaurant — Chip Hamm, Brett Davis and brothers Michael and Steven Ton — also run Doc Crow\’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar on Main Street and are working on a second riverfront restaurant to be called Doc\’s Cantina where the Tumbleweed restaurant long stood near the Big Four Bridge.
Mike Kimmel, deputy director of the waterfront agency, said the design of the new restaurant was recently approved by waterfront agency directors. The waterfront board must sign off on the design of major developments proposed near the downtown riverfront.
Kimmel said more than $2 million is being invested in the restaurant. RiverPark Place developer Steve Poe and the restaurant partners are sharing the cost.
The two-level, 12,000-square-foot restaurant\’s design — a product of the local architectural firm K. Norman Berry — was modified after David Karem, the waterfront agency\’s executive director, told the restaurant partners in May that he considered an initial design not to be \”very pedestrian friendly.\” His chief concern was that, as first drawn, the new construction portion of the restaurant was a two-story, 104-foot-long \”blank wall.\”
The operators said at the time that they didn\’t want to expose the workings of the kitchen and the mechanical systems behind the wall to the passing public. But the waterfront officials held out for something different.
And that\’s what they got.
Kimmel described the revised design as \”very cool. It\’s nicely articulated.\”
The materials include stone, brick and glass.
The Paget House shell is down a hill at the rear of the new portion of the development and connected to the main restaurant by a stairway and sidewalk, Kimmel said.
The Paget House is a two-story structure that was stabilized years ago. The former mansion dates to around 1790 and was a centerpiece of the Louisville riverfront\’s French-speaking district in the 1800s.
Plans for the RiverPark Place restaurant were first announced in late 2013, and, based on the initial schedule, it was to be open in spring 2015. The plans, however, have lagged — in part, due to having to coordinate construction with both the Army Corps of Engineers and state historic preservation officials.
Poe has said the restaurant group has agreed on a tentative lease. The site is between the row of RiverPark Place apartments and the marina.
Poe views the planned new restaurant as a major new gathering place. \”The site has great views of the river, Waterfront Park and downtown,\” Poe said.
The operators have referred to the planned dining spot at RiverPark Place as an \”upscale casual\” restaurant. It is expected to offer lunch and dinner seven days a week. The menu will feature American food, with numerous brands of craft beer on tap.
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