Whiskey Row http://wfpl.org en Louisville Re-Embraces its Bourbon Heritage as Distillers Return to Main Street http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-re-embraces-its-bourbon-heritage-distillers-return-main-street <p>For much of the 19<sup>th</sup> and early 20<sup>th</sup> centuries, Louisville's waterfront was the marketing center for one of Kentucky’s signature products, bourbon whiskey.</p><p>Dozens of distillery owners had offices and warehouses along the Ohio River.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The waterfront operations were known collectively as Whiskey Row.</p><p>Those businesses disappeared with Prohibition, but thanks to the libation's new popularity, Louisville is re-embracing its bourbon heritage.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Rick Howlett 6243 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Re-Embraces its Bourbon Heritage as Distillers Return to Main Street Ice Cream Shop, Bar and Deli Heading for Whiskey Row Area http://wfpl.org/post/ice-cream-shop-bar-and-deli-heading-whiskey-row-area <p>A deli, a bourbon bar and an ice cream shop are opening soon on the corner of Third and Main streets, says developer Al J. Schneider Co.</p><p>They'll be called, respectively, 21deli, Down One Bourbon Bar and 2 Dips &amp; a Shake.&nbsp;</p><p>Here's the descriptions of each, in Al J. Schneider Co.'s own words:</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 15:58:09 +0000 Joseph Lord 3327 at http://wfpl.org Ice Cream Shop, Bar and Deli Heading for Whiskey Row Area Council Approves City Budget After Contentious Debate Over Whiskey Row Funding http://wfpl.org/post/council-approves-city-budget-after-contentious-debate-over-whiskey-row-funding <p>The Louisville Metro Council passed a city budget for the upcoming fiscal year Thursday, but not before a contentious debate about the Whiskey Row development.</p><p>Mayor Greg Fischer submitted a spending plan that included a $500,000 allocation for private developers&mdash;among them philanthropist Christy Brown, the widow of former chairman of the Brown-Forman Corp, Owsley Brown II&mdash;to restore the historic string of buildings along West Main Street.</p><p>The mayor had proposed using the money to create a revolving fund to help restore historic properties beginning with Whiskey Row, but a bipartisan group of council members argued Metro Government had already provided investors with a $1.5 million forgivable loan for the project.</p><p>The <a href="/post/budget-committee-approves-city-spending-plan-upcoming-fiscal-year">budget committee approved language in the ordinance on Wednesday that required developers to reimburse the city $1 million</a> if the Whiskey Row buildings were later sold. But Fischer&#39;s office argued it was an unprecedented step by the council that could jeopardize the original agreement.</p><p>Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9, introduced an amendment to take that wording out of the final ordinance, but allow lawmakers to hold the money until Fischer renegotiates the deal. &nbsp;She says lawmakers unfairly tied the mayor&#39;s hands to negotiate.</p><p>&quot;I&#39;m asking you to allow the mayor do his job and negotiate a deal, and when he brings it over if you don&#39;t like it then don&#39;t vote for it,&quot; she said. &quot;Let&#39;s debate it at that time because we&#39;re not doing it tonight. This really isn&#39;t about debating the merits of rich folks spending money on preservation or not. If anything, this is a power and money grab by the Metro Council.&quot;</p><p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 02:16:31 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 746 at http://wfpl.org Budget Committee Approves City Spending Plan for Upcoming Fiscal Year http://wfpl.org/post/budget-committee-approves-city-spending-plan-upcoming-fiscal-year <p>The Louisville Metro Council&#39;s Budget Committee passed a spending plan for the upcoming 2012-13 fiscal year by a unanimous vote.</p><p>Mayor Greg <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/analyzing-mayor-fischers-city-budget-fy-2012-13">Fischer submitted his budget proposal to the council earlier this month</a>, which had been criticized for its lack of funding to external agencies and<a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20120617/OPINION01/306170026/Editorial-Save-safety-net-study-needs?nclick_check=1"> hammered for cuts to indigent care</a> at University Hospital.</p><p>Similar to last year, the council reallocated nearly $3 million in funds and added over $400,000 to non-profit groups for their programing.</p><p>City lawmakers were able to come up with those additional funds in part through an agreement with the Parking Authority of River City to make a payment of $300,000 in cash this year with additional payments of $150,000 over the next five fiscal years.</p><p>These additional funds were requested by council members who raised questions about a <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/council-questions-city-cfo-about-budget-deals-parc">late transfer and payment for the two county parking garages</a> that the city never received.&nbsp;</p><p>The budget also includes money to focus on dealing with the problem of abandoned and vacant properties with close to $40,000 in funds being spent to mow grass at vacant lots throughout the city. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 23:58:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 728 at http://wfpl.org Heaven Hill to Open Downtown Bourbon Attraction http://wfpl.org/post/heaven-hill-open-downtown-bourbon-attraction <p><span style="display: none">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Heaven Hill Distilleries today announced plans to build a downtown Louisville attraction based on its Evan Williams brand of bourbon.&nbsp;</p><p>The $9.5 million Evan Williams Bourbon Experience will be housed in a company-owned building in the 500 block of West Main Street.</p><p>Evan Williams was a Welsh immigrant who settled in Louisville and set up a distillery in 1783, along what would become known as Whiskey Row.</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 21:07:39 +0000 Rick Howlett 65 at http://wfpl.org Heaven Hill to Open Downtown Bourbon Attraction