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Darrell Griffith-themed restaurant planned near University of Louisville campus

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Griff's, 323 W. Cardinal Blvd. Griff's, 323 W. Cardinal Blvd.
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Griff's, 323 W. Cardinal Blvd. Griff's, 323 W. Cardinal Blvd.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A restaurant named after University of Louisville basketball legend Darrell Griffith is coming to the Cardinal Towne development just north of U of L's Belknap Campus. 

Griff's could open as soon as mid-January in the former Cluckers space at 323 W. Cardinal Blvd., said owner Brian Perry of Charlestown, Ind.

“We are trying to elevate what was already there into more of an upper-scale sports restaurant,” said Perry, who is the sole owner of the establishment, according to a liquor license application on file with Louisville Metro government.

A sign in the window bears Griffith's signature, nickname “Dr. Dunkenstein” and the number he wore for the Cardinals and the Utah Jazz, 35.

Griffith declined to comment on Tuesday.

Perry said the basketball legend has been “materially involved” in planning “everything about the restaurant” such as the menu and décor and will be seen regularly at the venue.

“It'll be Darrell all over the walls,” Perry said, describing Griffith as a longtime friend of his. “It's really his restaurant.”

While the bar from the Cluckers space will remain, Griff's will be primarily a restaurant, he said.

Griff's has applied for a license to serve booze until 2 a.m., but Perry said that's mainly because he doesn't want to “kick anyone out” if a game runs past midnight, such as during the NCAA Tournament in March.

Perry said he's been involved in restaurants for 25 years and was one of the original Papa John's franchisees in the late 1980s.

Cardinal Towne is a privately owned student apartment complex with retail spots on the first floor. Griff's will be in the middle of the block that also includes a Qdoba, Jimmy John's and Tom & Chee.

Griffith was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame earlier this year. He led Louisville to its first NCAA title in 1980, earning the Wooden Award for the best player in college basketball that year. He then played for 11 years in the National Basketball Association.

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