Crescent Bride pictured with Joe’s Older Than Dirt’s new moose. | Courtesy of Crescent Bride

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Red Barn Kitchen will close at the end of business Saturday, and Joe’s Older Than Dirt is returning to Lyndon, giant moose, taxidermy and all.

“We are really excited to bring an iconic landmark back to Louisville,” said Crescent “Cres” Bride, who owns R Place Pub and owned a stake in Joe’s Older Than Dirt until 2010.

Joe’s Older Than Dirt closed in 2015 after more than 75 years in business. In 2016, Fernando Martinez’s Olé Restaurant Group moved in, investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in needed renovations and upgrades to turn the former neighborhood bar, located at 8131 New La Grange Road, into barbecue restaurant Red Barn Kitchen.

Although Joe’s Older Than Dirt is now returning, Olé Restaurant Group isn’t out. The restaurant powerhouse is partnering with Bride, who will manage the day-to-day operations.

“I had heard that they might be open to partnering, and we had a meeting and decided together that this sounded like a natural fit because Joe’s is really a neighborhood place,” Bride said. “The objective is to return to Joe’s of the past but have the food that the Olé group makes — all at an affordable price.”

Joe’s Older Than Dirt logo

The menu will include smoked wings, brisket chili, cheese fritters, fried green tomatoes, a mac and cheese burger, pork rind nachos and a 16-hour smoked pulled pork sandwich. The bar also will offer a daily lunch plate special.

“My area of expertise is not food, so it’s great to have a partner who has this level of expertise,” Bride said.

Exact pricing isn’t set yet, he told Insider, but it will be similar to the former Joe’s Older Than Dirt, lower than those of Red Barn Kitchen.

“In this Lyndon area, people really I think want a good value, and that’s what Joe’s is going to give them,” Bride said.

Insider Louisville reached out the Olé Restaurant Group for comment but did not immediately hear back.

To make Joe’s Older Than Dirt truly feel like the old Joe’s, Bride tracked down and bought a seven-foot-tall lifelike moose that will stand outside the front of the bar. The walls will be covered in stuffed animals, including a moose head and an eight-point buck. Bride is still trying to track down a wildcat.

The front bar also is being rebuilt, and about six of Joe’s Older Than Dirt’s former employees are returning to work there, he said.

Joe’s Older Than Dirt will have 15 televisions for customers to watch games, trivia on Mondays, karaoke on Tuesdays, cornhole tournaments on Wednesdays, a live band on Thursdays and deejays on Fridays and Saturdays.

“We are making it a fun venue to come experience a good time with your friends and your family,” Bride said.

Joe’s Older Than Dirt will open for its second first day of business on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Its hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. everyday.

Correction: Due to a source error, a previous version of this story incorrectly stated the day Red Barn Kitchen is closing. It’s last day is Saturday.

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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]