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A look inside the new Butchertown Grocery restaurant ahead of its Nov. 18 opening date

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Butchertown Grocery partners Bobby Benjamin, Jon Salomon and Patrick Hallahan stand inside the new restaurant and bar opening this fall in a historic, century-old building that once housed Gunkel’s Grocery in Louisville.  (Photo by Jessie Kriech-Higdon) Butchertown Grocery partners Bobby Benjamin, Jon Salomon and Patrick Hallahan stand inside the new restaurant and bar opening this fall in a historic, century-old building that once housed Gunkel’s Grocery in Louisville. (Photo by Jessie Kriech-Higdon)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Butchertown might start to smell better between lunch and 4 a.m. soon. At least that's the motto behind a new restaurant in the Butchertown neighborhood. You can see the clever saying on one of the windows at the new restaurant and bar called Butchertown Grocery and there are high hopes that the new food spot will liven up the area.

The cocktail bar will have performance space upstairs, where owners say you can expect impromptu music and art in the heart of Butchertown. 

The restaurant will include lunch, dinner, brunch and late night menus from Chef Bobby Benjamin. There will also be a seven-course tasting menu with local ingredients.

"You can come here and have a burger and a beer or a glass of wine, you can come here and have a pasta dish and a couple of snacks," Chef Benjamin said. 

The building was a grocery around 1875 and is being transformed into a new age space by Chef Benjamin, My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan and political lawyer Jon Salomon.

The three partners will open the restaurant and bar Nov. 18 with an inside that will pay tribute to the era the grocery store was thriving in at the turn of the century.

"I just always have friends coming in town asking where to go eat, and where can we go play a small show, like a surprise pop-up show," said Hallahan, "and those are all possibilities space above. I can't get specific on the friends," he laughed. "I don't want to make any promises I can't keep."

How did drummer Patrick Hallahan get involved with the restaurant? He says he has always had a love for music and food, and when this opportunity came up, he couldn't resist.

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