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New restaurant planned in Baxter Station building on Payne Street

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The building that formerly housed Baxter Station Bar and Grill is set to become a neighborhood bar and restaurant again.

Real estate investor Fred Pizzonia, 50, hopes to open unnamed restaurant as soon as mid-October following a renovation of the space at 1201 Payne Street in Louisville’s Irish Hill neighborhood.

Pizzonia, who also owns Rockford Automotive, said he and a business partner bought the former Baxter Station building in foreclosure last month. 

Records from the Jefferson County Master Commissioner’s office show Jesse E. Francis bought the building for $158,000 on July 8 after Stock Yards Bank filed suit against the former owner, Andrew Hutto.

The state ordered Baxter Station to close last year for nonpayment of taxes, Eater Louisville reported. 

Pizzonia said his group plans to spend “a couple hundred thousand” dollars renovating the building. Among other changes, the kitchen will be moved to the back to open up the front dining room, and there will be a lot sidewalk seating, he said.

“The place is going to have a very cool look; it is totally getting revamped,” he said, adding that it might look similar to Shenanigan’s on Norris Place when finished. 

Pizzonia said the restaurant will be run by his sister Bridgette Pizzonia, who recently formed BFJ Tavern Inc., according to the Kentucky Secretary of State.

The restaurant will offer inexpensive American fare, perhaps with a hint of Italian, said Arthur Huntington, who will be the chef. 

He mentioned chicken marsala, a pasta trio with homemade sauces, beer stew, loaded baked potatoes, burgers, sandwiches, flatbreads and salads.

Huntington, 33, has a culinary arts associates degree from Sullivan University and currently cooks at Eddie Merlot’s steakhouse and Limestone Restaurant, he said.

Pizzonia said the restaurant will also sell beer, wine and liquor. He might add to the 24 beer taps currently in the bar.

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