Bar and beer garden under construction in Butchertown - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Bar and beer garden under construction in Butchertown

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Owner Emmanuel Dumigron Owner Emmanuel Dumigron
1601 Story Ave. 1601 Story Ave.
Interior renovation Interior renovation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A bar and outdoor beer garden called Louis's "the Ton" is in the works at the corner of Frankfort and Story avenues in Butchertown.

The historic building at 1601 Story Ave. was home to Johnson's beer and bait shop for decades, said Emmanuel Dumigron, the building's new owner.

Dumigron bought the building with his wife, Helen, for $165,000 in September from Charles and Lydia Johnson, according to Jefferson County property records.

The Dumigrons, doing business as Fountain Wolf Properties, plan to spend $100,000 renovating the building, according to a Louisville Metro permit obtained Dec. 5. They obtained a beer license on Dec. 3, state records show.

The bar will open on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, Emmanuel Dumigron said.

The renovation includes new mechanical and electrical systems and a new façade, he said. The plan includes replacing the vinyl siding on the building's west wall with more durable materials like hardy plank and hardy shank, and the original rafters will be exposed inside. The backyard beer garden will be walled off from the street but open-air.

The building dates to 1883, according to the Jefferson County PVA.

The bar will have 10 beers on tap, including local craft beers, and about 100 varieties of bottled beer, Dumigron said.

He also plans to serve tapas and cold plates / pre-dinner snacks like fancy cheeses, salamis, olives, bacon and chocolate, he said.

Bands are planned two nights a week, and Dumigron said he's open to anything from "jazz to punk rock." The bar will not have TVs, but big events like the Super Bowl and Kentucky Derby will be projected on the wall, he said.

Dumigron said he wants to keep the bar affordable, with draft beers priced as low as $2.50.

A native of France, Dumigron said he and his wife moved to Louisville about eight months ago from Asheville, N.C. Dumigron said he builds and restores vintage motorcycles for a living through his company, Briton Bees.

"Louis's 'the Ton'" is a nod to the namesake of Louisville, King Louis XVI of France, and to Dumigron's father, Louis. "The Ton," meanwhile, is a British term meaning to reach 100 mph on a vintage motorcycle, he said.

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