It was just over two years ago that Another Place Sandwich Shop nearly went extinct but managed to rise up under new direction.
Now, the last remaining location of the once-thriving restaurant downtown near Seventh and Main streets is under new ownership — Allison Casale and Nathan Price took over operations in spring 2017 as part owners with Brian Goodwin, son of founder James Goodwin — and is now seasoning and roasting most of the meats in house, making soups and sides from scratch, and baking desserts daily.
Jimmy Can’t Dance, the jazz bar in the lower level of the space, also is helping breathe new life and recognition into the place that originally launched in 1971.
Long a downtown favorite for the lunch crowd, Another Place really is starting to feel fresh again. A fun new feature is “lunch with a movie” — a movie plays on a wall in the cozy dining area during lunchtime, adding to the unique feel of the place.
The mini-booths across from the counter and kitchen are still just as quaint as ever, but the space feels brighter somehow than it once did.
It’s still a fast-casual type of restaurant, wherein you walk to the counter, place your order, then proceed to the cash register to pay. When your food is ready, they call your name. The menu hangs above the counter with the 12 specialty sandwiches available.
A small countertop chalkboard touts whatever off-menu special is available, and on the day I went in, there was a Cuban sandwich, braised greens pasta salad and burgoo available in addition to sandwiches with names like the Monkey Wrench (named for the former Highlands bar), the Joni Bologna, the Wild and Woolly (likely another Highlands reference) and the Belle.
Some of the sandwiches are fairly standard creations, such as Another Reuben, which is just what you expect: corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss and Russian dressing on rye. The Hot Ham is sliced ham, bacon, cheese, pickle and honey dijon on sourdough, and the Derby Club features turkey, salami and cheddar, dressed. The Slugger is a triple grilled cheese.
I ordered a cup of the burgoo, because who doesn’t like burgoo? As for my sandwich, I chose the John Winger, made with roast beef, port onions, béchamel sauce, jalapeno peppers and chives on a french roll. For my side, I chose spicy barbecue Spudz potato chips.
Given my order, I was hoping the movie showing on the wall would be “Stripes” — Bill Murray’s John Winger is the main character in the film that was in part filmed in Louisville — but it was “Elizabethtown” instead. Could be worse, I thought.
The restaurant was just starting to get hit by the lunch rush, and my food took maybe 10 minutes to come out, but I reminded myself that I was not at Subway — the sandwiches at Another Place aren’t assembly line products.
When my name was called and my food was handed off, I immediately noticed the dark reddish-brown color of the burgoo. It was an unfamiliar sight given that most of the burgoo I’ve enjoyed has had a lighter broth, revealing the attractive colors of the various vegetables, from bright yellow corn to red tomatoes to green lima beans.
This burgoo looked a bit more like a chili, and the thickness and texture steered it in that direction as well. I did note plenty of corn and green beans, but it was meat heavy. The burgoo was rich and quite tasty, even if it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting.
The sandwich was an ample specimen, with plenty of beef and a de-emphasis on the vegetables in the blend. In other words, this one is targeted toward the carnivores — I would have been happy with a few more jalapeno slices, but that’s no complaint.
This isn’t processed deli roast beef I’m talking about, but rather fresh, thick-sliced beef with plenty of fat around the edges, flavorful and hearty.
The savory béchamel sauce blended with the lightly sweet, caramelized red onions to create a gooey sensation around the meat, resulting in a delicious combination of flavors.
Be prepared to get your hands a little messy, but it was just a delicious sandwich that was well worth the $10 I paid for it.
Look for Another Place Sandwich Shop to be more recognizable as 2018 continues to unfold. The restaurant is pairing up with Falls City Brewing Co. for a July 11 beer and sandwich dinner at the brewery’s taproom, and another such event is planned for Sept. 16 called the Sunday Sandwich Snackdown.
In addition, Another Place Sandwich Shop, located at 119 S. Seventh St., is no longer just a lunchtime option, with breakfast on weekdays starting at 8 a.m., and evening weekend hours giving those heading to see live jazz downstairs a choice of on-site dining, from 7 p.m.-midnight. Craft beer also is now available for sale, for dining in or carryout.