From an update on the progress of the Colonial Gardens transformation to a review of “Romeo + Juliet,” here are Insider’s top stories this week.
Colonial Gardens takes shape for summer 2019 opening
Colonial Gardens, the property across from Iroquois Park that’s been vacant for 15 years, is in the middle of a transformation and will be complete in early summer 2019, according to Underhill Associates, which is leading the multimillion-dollar project, reported Lisa Hornung. Read more about how three restaurants are planned, with another to be added later, Underhill said. As Insider has reported, one of the restaurants will be El Taco Luchador. There are four buildings on the property, including the original building that is being renovated and three new ones, with a courtyard area between them.
First rehabilitated Broadway Row house hits the market. Here’s the listing price.
The first of five newly rehabilitated houses along Broadway just hit the market after about 11 months of renovation work, and construction on the others is expected to wrap up in early October, reported Caitlin Bowling. “It’s been fun to find the original front facades and go back to those,” said Charles Cash, board chairman of Vital Sites, the nonprofit that is rehabilitating the 19th-century houses. “The building kind of gradually reveals itself.” Read more about how each house has completely new plumbing, electrical, mechanical and insulation, as well has had some original flooring, trim work and other features restored. The windows were either restored or replaced.
Rotisserie chicken restaurant opening second location
Jeffersontown restaurant Carali’s Rotisserie Chicken is expanding its footprint into downtown Louisville. Read more about how Carali’s Rotisserie Chicken will replace FireFresh BBQ, which recently closed its downtown location at 211 S. Fifth St. without notice, Insider reported in August.
Former University of Louisville Police Department employee sues UofL for sex discrimination
A former University of Louisville Police Department telecommunicator is suing the school and her former boss for alleged repeated sexual discrimination and retaliation, according to court documents filed Monday, reported Olivia Krauth. Read more about how the suit, filed on behalf of Charlotte Priddy in circuit court, contends that conditions were so bad at UofL she was forced to resign in June. The suit accuses ULPD employees of repeatedly making “egregious acts” of sex, racial and gender-pay discrimination over her six-year career as a telecommunicator. UofL doesn’t comment on pending litigation.
Review: Louisville Ballet’s ‘Romeo + Juliet’ presents a glittering and outrageous future
Adam Hougland’s ambitious new “Romeo + Juliet” — which premiered Friday, Sept. 7 — presented a glittering and outrageous future, both for its characters and hopefully for the Louisville Ballet. Read more from Eli Keel’s review: It combined excellent performances from its cast with Hoagland’s engaging movement vocabulary and stunning design elements to create possibly the most satisfying and engaging full-length ballet I’ve seen.