Will Ashton owns Gallery K & Coffeehouse in Butchertown. | Photo by Sara Havens
Will Ashton owns Gallery K & Coffeehouse in Butchertown. | Photo by Sara Havens

After more than a year on an awkwardly placed corner in Butchertown, Gallery K has moved to a storefront where owner Will Ashton expects to get more exposure.

The art gallery, coffee shop and performance venue re-opened this weekend at 976 Barret Ave., on the Germantown-Highlands border.

“It is kind of an up-and-coming little hot spot,” Ashton said, especially with the sale of the nearby Lynn’s Paradise Cafe building.

The space has a big shared back parking lot off Brent Street, room for about 30 seats inside, and additional seating in front.

Gallery K will continue to host events and offer various coffee drinks and pastries that customers enjoy. Its coffee comes from Red Hot Roaster, its sodas from Copper & Kings American Brandy Co., and the treats are straight out of Wiltshire Pantry’s kitchen.

“We are still doing all the music and art and comedy,” Ashton said, but the gallery and coffee shop is adding jazz on Monday nights with Jacob Reber and Charles Rivera. Gallery K also will host two open mic comedy nights each week instead of one.

The Barret Avenue spot formerly served as an artist studio, Ashton said, so he had to repaint, build a bar and clean up the space. A back patio also is still in the works for this summer, he said.

When Insider Louisville profiled Ashton last year, he said opening Gallery K had long been a dream of his.

“My goal for the gallery is to provide local artists a space to show and explore new themes and mediums,” he said then. “And when they are ready, to have the connections for them to take their art out into the world market.”

Gallery K isn’t the only new business attracted to Barret Avenue.

IL previously reported that baker Isabelle Forbes is opening a vegan and vegetarian breakfast cafe at 1004 Barret Ave. The menu will include waffles, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and biscuit breakfast sandwiches, among other dishes.

Flora Kitchenette is expected to open sometime this month, but a date hasn’t been announced.

And of course, something new will open in the long-closed Lynn’s Paradise Cafe space, but new owner The Fresh Capital Group hasn’t revealed what restaurant they plan to open there. The Nashville company bought the property for $1.5 million earlier this year.

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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]