Bluegrass Burgers is now closed. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling

Without notice, Bluegrass Burgers on Frankfort Avenue has closed.

The restaurant Thursday morning looked as if it was set to reopen later in the day, but a sign on the door told a different story: “Bluegrass Burgers is officially closed thank you to our loyal customers for many years of dining with us.”

The note provided no insight as to why the restaurant closed just a year after it was purchased by the local restaurant group Falls City Hospitality. Insider Louisville has reached out to a Falls City Hospitality partner to find out more information.

The restaurant, located at 3334 Frankfort Ave., was a Louisville mainstay founded by Deb Carter, who later sold the business to Falls City Hospitality Group after she’d decided to retire.

In July, the new ownership group changed a well-known aspect of Bluegrass Burgers; they did away with the toppings bar. However, customers were still able to build their own burger and little else had changed, according to Insider contributor Kevin Gibson, who called the restaurant a “sort of W.W. Cousins light.”

With this closure, Falls City Hospitality Group now only owns one restaurant, Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar on Main Street near the KFC Yum! Center.

The restaurant group has publicly struggled after the failure of the Mexican eatery Doc’s Cantina at Waterfront Park. Falls City Hospitality Group still leases the space, despite not operating a restaurant there in two years, which means it is still required to pay out thousands in rent.

Waterfront Park officials have expressed frustration with the inability to bring a new restaurant into the River Road space. Other restaurant companies are leery of what would be a complicated lease agreement involving Falls City Hospitality Group, the landowner Waterfront Park and the building owner Waterweed.

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Caitlin Bowling
Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]