LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The owner of the Galt House is getting ready to open three new attractions near Third and Main Streets in downtown Louisville. The first one to open in a couple of days.
The Al J. Schneider Company's latest investment is a new bourbon bar, deli, and ice cream shop. The Down One Bourbon Bar will be the newest bourbon attraction to open on Main Street.
"We are down below Main Street so the name Down One," says Christian Hattemer, the bar's general manager. "We want to have the decor of the bar reflect a sense of mystery about the place, a sense of mystique."
The owners of the Galt House decided to take a corner of their parking lot at Third and Main and for about a million dollars build the three new attractions, the bourbon bar with food service, a New York style deli, and an ice cream shop.
"We had seen some familiar spots in New York City that were a step down from the sidewalk," says the president of the Al J. Schneider Company, Mary Moseley, "so we had an opportunity to create that sort of atmosphere along Main Street."
Patrons of Down One will have a choice of more than a hundred bourbons, local craft beers, and food will also be served.
"We built a private dining room that is our speakeasy," says Hattemer, "and you enter the speakeasy through a phone booth located in the center of the dining room."
On the ceiling of that speakeasy there are beautiful stained glass windows recovered from an old downtown building. When spring comes and the weather turns warm enough to dine or drink outside, the widows of the bar can open to allow outdoor patio seating.
"Being a level down from the street," explains Hattemer, "we can take you away from the noise; we have a canopy of magnolia trees; we just think it is going to be a very unique and interesting place."
The Schneider Company continues to invest in its downtown properties. In addition to the three new attractions, the grand ballroom and exhibit hall at the Galt House Hotel are undergoing a million-dollar renovation.
Says Moseley, "I think we have to be the best we can be, so we are always trying to improve and be better so we can attract more tourism to the downtown area."
The bourbon bar begins serving on Monday. The deli and ice cream stores expected to open in early March.
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