Original Highlands Tap Room to close New Year's Eve, reopen later in new location
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- New Year's Eve will be the last night for the Original Highlands Tap Room at 1279 Bardstown Road. But the dive bar -- a fixture of the area for more than a decade -- is not going very far.
The tap room will reopen in February in a currently vacant building next door to the newer Highlands Tap Room Grill at 1058 Bardstown Road, said Tommy Clemons, who owns the Tap Room businesses with his wife, Sally.
Meanwhile the family that runs Kashmir Indian Restaurant plans to open a different bar at the current Original Tap Room location, said Yogesh Pal, brother of property owner and restaurant proprietor Kashmira Singh.
Pal said he will perform some needed maintenance at 1279 Bardstown, which is next door to Kashmir, before opening the new bar in mid-January. The bar does not yet have a name, he said. Singh has applied for a liquor license under Sunnia Food & Spices Inc., the same company that operates the restaurant.
Clemons said he would have liked to renew the tap room's lease at 1279 Bardstown -- which goes back at least to 2001 -- but the parties were unable to reach an agreement on a new deal that involved expanding the building.
"The old tap room was literally falling apart, and we did all we could do to maintain it," he said. "Ultimately, I think (the move) will be better for us."
The new Highlands Tap Room, next door to the current Highlands Tap Room Grill, will maintain the same "dive" character, with the same staff and karaoke. Customers will be able to move freely with their drinks between the venues, which will be connected by a patio, Clemons said.
"If you are not feeling the karaoke one night, you can walk over to the next place," he said.
The grill, which is more of a restaurant, opened about a year and a half ago, Clemons said.
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