LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An iconic downtown high-rise apartment building will reopen Thursday with some glam.
Today is the grand opening for the newly renovated 800 Tower City Apartments.
A reception is planned at 5:30 tonight to showcase the $11 million transformation. Upgrades to the 29-story building include a fitness center, theater room, rooftop pool and penthouse sky club.
"When [it] was built in 1963, this was the place to live in Louisville. This is where everybody who was a socialite lived," said Ryan Rogers, co-owner of Bar Vetti.
The 800 Tower City Apartments used to be Louisville's tallest building. Construction crews say they have taken a tarnished jewel and made it beautiful again.
That's where the name originated for the new restaurant moving into the building's first floor.
Bar Vetti is named after the House of Vettii, a luxurious home that was uncovered from ash after a volcano erupted in Pompeii. The bar will be an Italian restaurant.
"It's going to be wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, seasonal, chef-driven small plates and entrees," Rogers said.
Rogers also owns Feast BBQ and Royals Hot Chicken. He hopes to appeal to the people who will be living in the 286 units after the building reopens.
The renovation started last year. It was projected to cost $10 million , but has since reached more than $11 million.
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