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Bluegrass Brewing Co. to return to S. 4th Street in new Kindred building

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Bluegrass Brewing Co. will reopen its S. 4th Street brewery and restaurant in the first floor of the new office building planned by Kindred Healthcare.

Kindred has a “verbal agreement” with BBC to “come back to the site” after the building that currently houses the brewery is torn down to make way for the 6-story office building, Bob Hafferman, Kindred's architect, told a downtown review panel Wednesday.

BBC owner Pat Hagan could not be immediately reached to confirm the plan.

As WDRB reported Feb. 5, the new building includes a 5,656-square-feet, 162-seat restaurant space on the first floor and a secondary space (1,358 square feet) that could accommodate 78 people.

The other space will probably be rented to a coffee shop, Hafferman told the Downtown Development Review Overlay committee Wednesday.

The committee approved the Kindred plan despite some reservations from Louisville Metro planning staff about the building's 80-foot setback from S. 4th Street.

The plan involves demolishing the three buildings that surround the Barney Bright Clock at Theater Square.

Kindred has agreed to help the other current tenant, Yafa Café, relocate to a new space, Hafferman said without disclosing terms.

Kindred officials said in December that construction of the new building could begin this summer, and that it would take about two years.

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