Finn’s Southern Kitchen was a modern Southern restaurant behind Germantown Mill Lofts. | Photo by Kevin Gibson

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Less than 48 hours into 2018 and Louisville’s restaurant scene has seen its first closure of the year.

Finn’s Southern Kitchen, located at 1318 McHenry St., closed without notice and erased its social media presence. The restaurant opened in May 2016 on the property of Germantown Mill Lofts, a 188-unit apartment development by Louisville-based Underhill Associates.

“Finn’s Southern Kitchen has been gratified to be a part in the Germantown-Schnitzelburg neighborhood revitalization over the last 2 years. Despite best efforts by all involved, the restaurant has closed effective immediately,” Underhill Associates said in an emailed statement. “The restaurant owners have decided to re-analyze the concept and determine the best options moving forward. Plans for a reformulated concept and subsequent renovations will be forthcoming.”

Gift cards to Finn’s Southern Kitchen will be honored at the new concept when it opens.

Colin Underhill, principal at Underhill Associates, told Insider Louisville that they thought the end of the year was a good time to close and reinvent the restaurant.

“I just don’t think we are hitting the mark the way we wanted to” with Finn’s Southern Kitchen, said Colin Underhill, principal at Underhill Associates. “We’d like to have something that is a perfect fit in the neighborhood long term.”

Underhill declined to offer information about the rebrand, saying details won’t be finalized for a couple of weeks. A new restaurant concept could open in the space as early as March.

A modern Southern food eatery, Finn’s Southern Kitchen was managed by restaurateur Steve Clements but was owned by Underhill Associates. It is unclear whether Clements will be part of any future concept there.

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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