Green District is a locally owned salad concept. | Photo by Caitlin Bowling

The former downtown deli and convenience store at 225 S. Fifth St. looks vastly different today than it did several months ago.

While the exterior character remains intact, workers gutted the interior completely to create what will be the crisp look of a Green District restaurant. Workers exposed the building’s original brick, installed new windows, added a view of the decorative railing that runs along the building’s staircase and added wood accents.

It is the second store for Green District, a salad-centric eatery, and its four owners Jordan Doepke, Chris Furlow, Joey Mascaro and Matt Petty. Insider reported this summer that the quartet bought the 127-year-old building for $275,000 with plans to open their second restaurant location and use the two upper floors as office space for themselves or other businesses.

The downtown eatery still needs some finishing touches. | Courtesy of Green District

The owners expect to open for lunch tomorrow, Dec. 14, but are still awaiting a final approval from the health department.

Green District announced the Thursday opening on its Facebook page yesterday, and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s office sent out a media advisory this afternoon stating that Fischer and Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, D-4, will cut the ribbon on the restaurant at 10 a.m.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the back of the house and bathroom were complete, but workers still needed to paint the front of the restaurant, finish tiling the salad preparation bar and place a few tables. The contracting crew is expected to be working well into the evening to put the finishing touches on the restaurant.

The restaurant’s original store is located at 126 Breckenridge Lane. Doepke told Insider that the group plans to open multiple locations and believes Louisville and Southern Indiana could support eight to 10 Green Districts.

The restaurant offers specialty salads, build-your-own salads and build-your-own wraps. Prices range from $8.49 to $9.49 for specialty salads such as The Forbidden Fruit with chicken, strawberries, apples, bacon, feta cheese and craisins, and the Tequila Mockingbird with shrimp, feta cheese, corn, black beans, red and green peppers and tortilla strips.

Green District’s hours of operation downtown are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Those hours could be expanded in the future.

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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]