A preliminary rendering of the bar and restaurant | Courtesy of HopCat
A preliminary rendering of the bar and restaurant | Courtesy of HopCat

Michigan-based Barfly Ventures is investing nearly $4 million to bring its HopCat bar and restaurant concept to Bardstown Road.

Insider Louisville broke the news last August that HopCat was taking over the former Spindletop Draperies building near Grinstead Drive.

“We are excited to be there,” Chris Knape, marketing director for Barfly Ventures, told IL Monday. “Bardstown Road is an incredible place to be.”

HopCat is expected to open this summer. It will feature the state’s largest selection of craft beers on tap and “food your mom would make if she loved craft beer,” the company stated in a news release. It serves 100 beers on tap, including at least 30 Kentucky-made brews, and more than 100 varieties of whiskey and bourbon.

“When we decided to open in Louisville we wanted to create a hub that would draw craft beer lovers from the neighborhood and from around the world, showcasing the best beers made in Kentucky and around the world,” Mark Sellers, CEO of BarFly Ventures, said in the release.

The bar and restaurant will not serve Coors, Miller or Budweiser products, the release states.

“We are looking to complement (already existing businesses) and really elevate people’s awareness of the local beer scene,” Knape said.

HopCat’s menu will include signature burgers, homemade soups and salads, a variety of homemade shareables and entrees like customizable Killer Mac & Cheese, the release states.

If that is not enticing enough, the company’s goal is to recycle or compost 90 percent or more of its waste created at its businesses.

Since the building formerly housed a retail business, it needed a lot of reworking and was torn apart on the inside to become a restaurant. Nashville-based Pfeffer Torode Architecture did the renovation design.

The Louisville HopCat will be a two-story, nearly 12,000-square-foot behemoth that will seat about 600 people. It will include two private event spaces with private bars, a deck and outdoor seating.

“It’s going to be the largest HopCat in the world,” Knape said somewhat jokingly.

There are eight HopCat locations, all in the United States. Most recently, HopCat opened a Lexington location in October.

HopCat Louisville will employ 150 people. Applicants are asked to send their résumés to [email protected].

Those interested in booking an event at HopCat on or after Sept. 1 can email [email protected].

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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]