Throughout the building DXTR, an artist from Dusseldorf, Germany, is painting a mural titled “Aesop's Fables” on the building’s exterior. | Courtesy of BarFly Ventures
An artist from Dusseldorf, Germany, is painting a mural titled “Aesop’s Fables” on the building’s exterior. | Courtesy of BarFly Ventures

HopCat, a gigantic new restaurant and bar in the Highlands, will open on July 30.

Michigan-based Barfly Ventures owns the HopCat concept and, along with property owner Priam Capital, invested more than $3.5 million in renovating the former Spindletop Draperies building near the corner of Bardstown Road and Grinstead Drive, Insider Louisville previously reported.

To mark its opening day, HopCat employees will hand out cards to the first 200 people in the door that are good for free orders of “Crack Fries” every week for a year, according to a news release. Crack Fries are beer-battered fries sprinkled with cracked black pepper seasoning and served with a warm cheese dipping sauce.

HopCat will offer one of the largest selections of craft beer on tap in the state, with 132 varieties available at the Bardstown Road location. It also will stock more than 200 whiskeys and numerous other bottled and canned beers.

Between the restaurant and three event spaces, the nearly 12,000-square-foot, two-story building will be able to hold up to 300 people. The building also includes two private bars and a rooftop deck with outdoor seating. The event spaces are available for rent starting in August, the release states.

“We’ve worked hard to make HopCat – Louisville unlike any other,” Mark Sellers, founder and CEO of HopCat and its parent company, BarFly Ventures, said in the release. “I believe we’ve created a location that will serve as a hub for Kentucky craft beers and a magnet for local beer lovers as well as those visiting Louisville from around the world.”

The company has set the goal of composting or recycling 90 percent or more of the waste generated at its restaurants, including the new HopCat in Louisville.

BarFly Ventures is currently looking to hire 200 employees and is conducting on-site interviews for servers, bartenders, cooks, bar backs, bussers, dishwashers, hosts and security positions. Those interested are encouraged to stop by between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The high number of employees and high capacity has some nearby residents nervous the restaurant will cause additional strain on parking, of which there already is precious little in the Highlands.

Chris Knape, marketing director for Barfly Ventures, previously told IL that the company is working with other business owners and residents to help solve any problems related to parking.

“We are working with the neighborhood and city to see if there is a broader solution,” Knape said at the time.

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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]