The Café opened in 1996. | Photo courtesy of The Café

The Café will move into the Stoneware & Co. building as part of the Paristown development, likely this fall.

The eatery, which has been in operation since 1996 and in its spot 712 at Brent Street for more than a decade, will continue to operate as normal until renovations are complete at the Stoneware building. The announcement was made Monday by Jeanne Hilt, director of business development for Paristown.

When the Café reopens after the move, it will be open seven days a week and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Currently, the restaurant, which focuses on wholesome breakfast foods, bread, soups and sandwiches, is open 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The Café’s owner, Sal Rubino, said via a news release that he will retain his entire staff and is “thrilled” to move into the forthcoming development.

A rendering of the future Louisville Stoneware building in Paristown Pointe. | Rendering by wHY Architecture

He added that the Café “will be offering the same great cuisine and service throughout the day and now into the evening.”

“We have been great friends and have been doing business together for years,” Steve Smith, owner of Stoneware & Co. and managing partner of Paristown, said in the release.  “Our two businesses coming together under one roof represents the authenticity and charm of this historic tight-knit community.”

Paristown will be anchored by a music venue operated by the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts; the 28,000-square-foot venue will be called Old Forester Paristown Hall and reportedly will hold about 2,000 people.

The development broke ground in September 2017, with phase one expected to be complete by late 2019.

The Paristown Pointe neighborhood was established in the 1850s and sits just north of Broadway along Beargrass Creek, alongside Smoketown. It was home to the Louisville Pottery Company, a major tanning company called Louisville Leather Company, among other businesses, as well as family dwellings.

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Kevin Gibson
Kevin Gibson tackles the 3Rs — retail, restaurants, real estate — plus, economic development. He loves bacon, loathes cucumbers and once interviewed Yoko Ono. Check out his books, “Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft” and “100 Things to do in Louisville Before You Die.” He has won numerous awards for his work but doesn’t know where most of them are now. In his spare time, he plays in a band called the Uncommon Houseflies. Email Kevin at [email protected]