The original Bluegrass Brewing Company sat on Shelbyville Road in St. Matthews for nearly 25 years before it closed last year.

“It’s changed,” BBC owner Pat Hagan said of St. Matthews. “It’s more of a night club area now. The area changed, and rent was going up. We decided to move.”

The restaurant and bar also opened a location on South Fourth Street in 2006, but it closed three years ago.

“It looked bad for BBC for a long time,” Hagan said. “They were like ‘Oh, they're closing.’”

At that time, the only BBC left was on Third and Main Streets. Hagan said customers thought the company was going out of business.

But BBC just opened a new restaurant inside the new Kindred building at Broadway and Fourth Street where it used to be. Hagan said that was always the plan.

Hagan said the company is actually thriving, and it needs help brewing enough beer.

“To have it come back is big,” he said. “A lot of people wondered if we would. It’s been three years.”

At the new location, there's a large bar, an area for private parties and outdoor seating.

“We don't have the outdoor bar like we used to, but we have the big opening windows, so it will have a big outside," Hagan said.

And Hagan said more big BBC plans could be brewing.

“We are still looking for a place to put the equipment from Shelbyville Road,” Hagan said. “We're hoping to put in a taproom and a brewing somewhere. We are just looking for the right spot.”

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