The building is currently a vacant garage. | Rendering by Bravura

A new microbrewery could be coming to the Old Louisville neighborhood.

Plans filed with Louisville Metro Planning & Design Services reveal that the owner of 940 S. Third St., Domino Partners, hopes to open a microbrewery and tasting room called Noble Funk Brewing. The property, which is located next to Spalding University, currently houses a vacant garage.

According to the plans, the existing 7,430-square-foot building would be renovated, and another 315 square feet would be added onto the building to create a loading dock. The brewery would provide 30 parking spaces as well as bike racks.

“The actual brewing area will be less than 5,000 (square feet). About a third of the existing impervious surface will be converted to pervious activity lawn and patio space will be provided,” according to a letter from the engineering firm QK4, which is working with Domino Partners on the project. Renderings of the brewery show a partially covered outdoor patio.

This view of the proposed brewery shows a partial covered outdoor patio. | Rendering by Bravura

Insider Louisville reached out to Belinda Baser, the managing member of Domino Partners, for more information on Noble Funk Brewing but did not hear back.

Domino Partners has owned 940 S. Third St. since 2007 when it purchased the lot for $450,000. It also owns about a dozen other properties close by.

Although the property is within the boundaries of the Old Louisville neighborhood, it also is located within the SoBro, South of Broadway, Planned Development District.

The plans for Noble Funk Brewing were the first filed in the SoBro district since late June when architecture firm Luckett & Farley asked the city to weigh in on whether micro-distilleries and microbreweries are allowed in the district. The city agreed that such uses are permitted in that area.

Luckett & Farley is considering leasing space next to its headquarters along South Third Street to a micro-distillery, according to a letter sent to Louisville Metro. The company declined Monday to comment on its possible plans and whether it has a micro-distillery operator lined up. No plans have since been filed.

“Oftentimes these microbreweries and micro-distilleries are great fits for repurposing older industrial and auto-centric type buildings, especially warehouses and garages,” a representative for Luckett & Farley wrote in June.

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]


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