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8UP set to open its doors and views to the public on Monday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new downtown hotel is bringing with it a new restaurant. 8UP sits eight stories up on top of the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Louisville.

"We're not looking to be a restaurant that's in a hotel, we're the restaurant and bar that's on top of a hotel," said Robert Amick, owner of Concentrics Restaurants.

8UP Drinkery and Kitchen starts with flashy furniture in the lounge area. "The kind of fabrics, the softness, the warmth the feel good," Amick described.

Amick has destination-driven restaurants across the country. His latest restaurant is on top of the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Louisville.

"You can use us in so many different ways, whether it's destination dining, whether it's just coming to have a drink after work, whether it's grazing after theatre or after a concert,” said Amick.

While you dine, you can watch the action going on in the open air kitchen. There are three kitchens in the space: the restaurant kitchen, a prep kitchen and a kitchen for small plates and wood fired pizzas.

"I love the ability in this area to use local farmers and be a part of this burgeoning food culture that's growing in Louisville that's kind of just expanding by the day," said Chef Russell Kook.

He says to expect food that is familiar, but with a different take -- like the bacon chop. "So we first brine that, smoke that and then we sear it. It's roughly a two pound piece of meat," Kook explained.

Everything at 8UP is done to impress, including the views of Louisville and the Ohio River, with an outdoor space that includes four fire pits.

"It's going to be magical on a spring night or summer night when it's all open because you won't be able to tell where inside starts or outside ends," said Amick.

The goal is to make memories, even when you take a trip to the restroom. You will notice lights on the floor underneath bathroom doors.

"When you walk down the hallway where the bathrooms are they're all white but when you lock the door to go into the bathroom, they (the lights) turn red," Amick said. "We don't want that to be a dull experience either. We always try to give you something to talk about."

8UP opens to the public Monday.

"We don't want to be that place you come to once a year, we want to be that place you come to once or twice a week," said Amick.

The restaurant also includes two private rooms to entertain small groups or parties.

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