From the revised plans for Kevin Cogan’s mega project to the revamped Bluegrass Burgers restaurant, here are Insider’s top stories this week.

Plans altered for Kevin Cogan’s multimillion-dollar project near Cherokee Park

The team behind the developer Kevin Cogan’s proposed multimillion-dollar project across from Cherokee Park tweaked plans for the mixed-use development in the hopes of satisfying residents’ concerns about its height, density and design. One big thing that didn’t change is how tall it could stand, reported Caitlin Bowling. Read more about how the latest development renderings elicited wows and groans from the crowd of roughly 75.

Ex-JCPS superintendent Hargens to lead Archdiocese of Baltimore

The former superintendent of JCPS, Donna Hargens, is the new superintendent for the Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the archdiocese announced Monday, reported Olivia Krauth. Read more as Jim Sellinger, chancellor of education for the Archdiocese of Baltimore, said in a news release that “Hargens is passionate about Catholic education and has a proven record of working collaboratively with teachers through her knowledge of curriculum and instruction to increase student achievement.”

Federal judge blocks approval of Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver

A federal judge vacated the Trump administration’s approval of Kentucky’s Medicaid 1115 waiver in a ruling Friday afternoon, abruptly halting the state’s new Kentucky HEALTH program that the administration of Gov. Matt Bevin was set to begin implementing on Sunday, reported Joe Sonka. Read more about how Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court of D.C. ruled that although the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services is afforded significant deference in approving pilot projects like that of Kentucky’s, a review of the agency’s approval of Kentucky’s waiver in January shows significant omissions that warrant it to be vacated and remanded back to HHS for further review.

Down One Bourbon Bar revamps as an affordable bluegrass and bourbon bar

After nearly six weeks of tinkering, tweaking, remodeling and revamping its menu and focus, Down One Bourbon Bar is preparing to open once again to the public on Monday, July 9. Parent company Al J. Schneider decided to ditch the upscale vibe and become a place more rooted in history and tradition — by focusing on bourbon and bluegrass, wrote Sara Havens. Read more about how Down One has shed its dual personality in favor of a more uniform, casual environment.

No more toppings bar: Bluegrass Burgers focusing on fresh, signature sandwiches
Bluegrass Burgers is now owned by Falls City Hospitality Group. | Photo by Kevin Gibson

Bluegrass Burgers originally was sort of W.W. Cousins light, with a toppings bar that let you build your own hamburger based on whim. But late last year, the restaurant was purchased by Falls City Hospitality, which owns Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar, bringing a new approach, wrote Kevin Gibson. Read more about how the interior of the smallish restaurant hasn’t changed much. The toppings bar is gone, and the menu has been replaced with a selection of rotating signature burgers. You can still build your own, but not having the toppings bar ensures the toppings customers choose will be chopped fresh to order.



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