Sources: NuLu’s newest Rye will open Jan. 4
Rye is yet another ambitious NuLu restaurant, and construction has been going full-tilt for the last two months.
The two-story building on the corner of East Market and Campbell streets once housed the Hausman Jeep Eagle dealership, so this is a major re-purposing.
(Be sure to check out the videos, which give you an understanding of the foodie ethos behind the restaurant, as well as an overview of what it’s taken to pull this together.)
The investors told Insider Louisville’s Steve Kaufman back in July that they planned to be open by November. So, this may be the NuLu project to come closest to schedule after long delays for Taco Punk and DECCA.
Our sources say it may turn out to be the most ambitious project yet on a pretty impressive new restaurant/retail corridor. And we hear everyone from neighboring business owners to Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau officials are waiting to see the results.
So it was with interest that we noted our sources started getting invites last week to the VIP party.
We couldn’t reach Rye’s investors for comment.
We did reach insiders who confirmed the dates and submitted some video from Kertis Creative.
Michael Trager-Kusman, grandson of Bernard Trager, chairman of Republic Bancorp, and Aaron Yarmuth, son of Congressman John Yarmuth, are among the investors. Trager-Kusman has brought in general manager Erin McDonald from Chicago and Chef Tyler Morris from The Breslin in New York.
More as we know more.
The current NuLu lineup:
The Bodega at Felice, 829 E. Market. A market, deli and coffee bar all in one.
Decca (opening in 2012), 812 E. Market. Decca owners promise to bring a San Francisco esthetic to Louisville.
Harvest, 624 E. Market. Locavore pioneer/ farmer Ivor Chadkowski’s showcase for high-quality, local foods.
Ghyslian on Market, 725 E. Market. Part of Ghyslain Maurais’ four-location network of French-style patisseries and retail/wholesales chocolate business.
Mayan Cafe, 813 E. Market. An authentic Mayan restaurant featuring Bruce Ucán recipes inspired by his native Yucatan.
Mozz, 445 E. Market. Grisanti alum Mathew Antonovich’s high-end Italian restaurant featuring farm-to-table recipes from Lazio-Rome-Naples, Tuscany-Florence, and Emilia-Romagna regions.
Garage Bar , 700 E. Market. Garage Bar featurse wood-fired pizza from Proof on Main Chef Michael Paley.
Please & Thank You, 800 E. Market.
Taco Punk, (Opening next month in the former Toast on Market Space at 736. E. Market.)
Toast on Market, 620 E. Market. Known for hearty breakfasts and a C-level clientele on weekday mornings.
Wiltshire on Market, 636 E. Market. Caterer Susan Hirschberg said she’d never have a restaurant. Now she has a loyal following at Wiltshire on Market, which offers an ever-changing menu.