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KT's closes in Louisville after 30 years in business

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville restaurant is closing after 30 years in business. KT''s on Lexington Road is about to go through a major transformation, and customers can't wait for the change.

"Today's the last day of 30 wonderful years," owner Kevin Grangier said on Sunday.

He bought KT's back in October. The location opened up in 1985.

“It has such great memories for me and I know it can be what it used to be again," Grangier said.

The restaurant closed to the public Sunday. Grangier, who also owns the Village Anchor in Anchorage, says the new restaurant will be called “Le Moo”.

"After a lot of research, I recognized there really is not a mid-range steak restaurant in the Highlands or anywhere close by here except for downtown," Grangier said.

Layout plans are already set for the transformation, and remodeling is underway. Brick and iron work has started in two-thirds of the restaurant, and the main awning is set to be replaced with what will look like a barn roof.

Details on the flooring, seating, walls and windows are still being worked out.

"Used to be a great place to come after work on Friday night, have a drink with friends," said Cathy Kruer of Floyds Knobs, who's been a customer since the mid-80s.

"You know it's a little bit sad but you know, life moves on and I'm looking very forward to the new restaurant," she said.

"Wonderful, wonderful,” said Terry Rush said about the new plans, who started coming here about 20 years ago. “Read all about it, I can't wait, looking forward to it."

Grangier says he's not worried about Jim Porter's closing across the street in a couple years. MSD bought the property for $5 million to build an underground storage basin to help with flooding.

"Whatever's going to ultimately happen across the street ... I think it will all be good for the corner. I'm not concerned about it at all."

He's also not concerned about making a new name for an old location.

"Whatever it takes to get people back in this space," Grangier said. "If they think of it as the old KT's or the old Kentucky Tavern or the new Le Moo ... whatever works."

KT's will be giving away bar stools to its VIP customers Monday afternoon. The new restaurant should open in late July.

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