Screenshot of Bluegrass Hospitality Group website

Bluegrass Hospitality Group is looking to expand its presence in Louisville by bringing a new concept to the table.

The Lexington-based restaurant group filed initial documents with Louisville Planning & Design Services last week for a proposed 12,900-square-foot restaurant in the Springhurst Towne Center, 4100 Towne Center Drive. The building would take over part of the parking for Meijer grocery store and, according to the documents, house a Malone’s steakhouse. No variances or waivers are being requested.

When Insider reached John McNamara, the chief business officer at Bluegrass Hospitality Group, by phone Monday morning, he declined to provide details of the company’s plans.

“It’s not done. We are looking at different spots. We just don’t have a deal yet,” he said.

McNamara added that, if the project is approved by the city at that site, the concept is not guaranteed to be a Malone’s and could be one of Bluegrass Hospitality Group’s other four restaurant brands — Aqua Sushi, Drake’s, Harry’s American Bar & Grill and OBC Kitchen.

“We are just a young growing restaurant company,” he said.

While primarily a steakhouse that serves prime cuts and filet mignon — a few named after well-known Kentucky sports figures  — Malone’s menu also features salads, pasta, sandwiches and a healthy amount of seafood. It has three locations in Lexington.

In Louisville, Bluegrass Hospitality Group operates two Drake’s sports bar and restaurant locations, one in St. Matthews and another in the Paddock Shops. The concept has televisions throughout the restaurant playing sports games and serves traditional bar food, as well as sushi.

The restaurant group operates 10 Drake’s locations in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and Alabama. It also runs two Harry’s American Bar & Grill locations, one OBC Kitchen and a Malone’s-branded event space, all in Lexington.

Bluegrass Hospitality Group was founded in 1998 by businessmen Bruce Drake and Brian McCarty.

Caitlin Bowling

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]


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