Workman no schlepper: Derby Museum holding liquor license temporarily as officials race to find Clements Catering replacement
As devastated as are we are to report this, we will not be seeing Harold Workman pushing the blintz cart guest-to-guest at Kentucky Derby Museum events.
We reported earlier this week that Workman, Kentucky Derby Museum executive director Lynn Ashton and Wells Fargo executive John Beam had applied for a liquor license for the Kentucky Derby Museum.
Which they did.
We speculated the threesome were forming their own catering firm, with Workman donning a hairnet and apron, the logical choice to work the room with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.
Alas, the application was only a technicality, as we noted in what we thought was a fairly obvious tongue-in-cheek post.
Ashton was not amused. Which was kind of the point.
“We are not forming a company to take over catering at the Derby Museum,” Ashton said, noting that Workman is president of the museum’s board of directors, and Beam a board member. The three officers were merely signees on an unsuccessful application for a liquor license from the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Which led us to the story we missed, which is the continuing fallout from the collapse of Steve Clements restaurant and catering empire.
The application by Ashton et al is only a stop-gap measure so the museum can honor its contracts for meetings, parties and events.
Sitting on property next to Churchill Downs, the Derby Museum is a significant tourist destination, attracting about 250,000 visitors annually.
Perhaps more importantly, it’s one of Louisville’s most in-demand events spaces, especially during the period before, during and after the Kentucky Derby.
When Derby Museum officials gave Clements the boot in late June after 25 years, they realized they were going to be left without a liquor license for events, said Ashton.
But our insider sources wanted to know what, exactly, the Derby Museum was up to, applying for its own liquor license because museum officials simultaneously sent out a request for proposal seeking a caterer to replace Clements. We know at least 12 caterers applied to the RFP, which closes next Monday, August. 13. The selected firm will be announced Aug. 31, said our sources.
That RFP states the selected caterer will get the Derby Museum’s all-important liquor business.
Moreover, in Kentucky, the rules on liquor licenses forbid a non-profit such as the Derby Museum holding a liquor license, then allowing third parties to come in and supply alcoholic beverages for museum functions, said caterers, a point confirmed yesterday by officials at the Kentucky ABC.
Wendy Treinen, Derby Museum director of communications, said museum officials were trying to get a six-month license to make sure they could honor all contracts until the end of 2012, but Kentucky ABC officials denied the application.
“We have applied for a full year, and we will surrender that license – quite happily I might add – to the caterer who gets this contract. And we will do that for January 1, when that caterer takes operation of the Derby Museum.
“Listed in the RFP is a requirement that catering hold the license. We don’t want to be in conflict with that. We have to have a license that gets us through December.”
Levy Premium FoodService, which holds the liquor license for Churchill Downs, can’t cross over and take care of the Derby Museum contracts because of their racing alcohol license, she said.
So, Workman is free to devote more time to defending himself in the KFC Yum! Center/Kentucky State Fair Board courtroom drama.
Insert huge sigh of relief here.
Ashton wanted to know if Insider Louisville will be “printing” a correction, and indeed we are:
There’s no way Harold Workman has enough hair to need a restaurant hairnet.
Addendum: Here are the classifieds our Steve Coomes spied on the CJ classified web page:
Kentucky Derby Museum, Mailing address 704 Central Ave., Louisville, KY 40208 hereby declares intention (s) to apply for a Retail Liquor By The Drink & Malt Beverage Retail license(s) no later than August 1, 2012, the business to be licensed will be located 704 Central Ave., Louisville, Kentucky 40208, doing business as Kentucky Derby Museum. The (owner(s); Principal Officers and Directors; Limited Partners; or Members) are as follows: President, Harold Workman of 13801 Medora Rd., Louisville, KY 40272, Vice President John Beam of 22 Southwind Rd., Louisville, KY 40207, Executive Director Yolanda Ashton of 8036 St. Andrews Dr., Louisville, KY 40241. Any person, association, corporation, or body politic may protest the granting of the license(s) by writing the Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 1003 Twilight Trl., Frankfort, KY, 40601-8400, within 30 days of the date of this legal publication.
Levy Premium FoodService Limited Partnership, mailing address 980 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60611 hereby declares its intention to apply for a Retail Beer, Restaurant Liquor Drink, Sunday Retail Drink license(s), no later than July 10, 2012. The business to be licensed will be located at 704 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208 doing business as Derby Cafe. The officers are as follows: Pre- sident/CEO of Its General Partner, Andrew J. Lansing of 2440 N. Lakeview, Chicago, IL 60614; Treasurer of Its General Partner, Robert E. Seiffert of 2963 Sheridan Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035; Secretary of Its General Partner, Michael T. Perlberg of 1120 Skokie Ridge Dr., Glencoe, IL 60022 Any person, association, corporation, or body politic may protest the granting of the license(s) by writing the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 1003 Twilight Tr. Ste. A-2 Frankfort, KY 40601, within 30 days of the date of this legal publication.