Burger Girl, the sibling restaurant to the popular Old Louisville spot Burger Boy, is now open in Crescent Hill. What’s more is that owner Dan Borsch says in May he and a partner will open a new business, Hillcrest Tavern, just down the street.
Burger Girl began service last week and is currently open 11 a.m.-7 p.m., seven days a week. Borsch says staff is still being hired and trained, but in the next couple of weeks, the diner-style restaurant will go to 24-hour service.
Burger Girl is similar to Burger Boy, which Borsch took over in 2008. His new diner features a menu that is identical, focusing on breakfast and burgers, along with a handful of sandwiches and “munchies.” The Burger Boy Combo – a double burger with fries and a drink for $8.99 for lunch – and a host of omelets are available for breakfast all day. Borsch said that at some point a few new items will be added, such as baked goods and Belgian waffles.
He says a new neon sign will soon replace the old Bluegrass Burgers sign that is still in the parking lot. It will match a vintage-diner-style window logo and red and black awnings. Inside, there are six tables, three booths and about eight counter seats for diners with a continuation of the red and black color scheme. Coca-Cola signs and other diner-esque signs adorn the walls.
Meanwhile, a few blocks west on Frankfort, Hillcrest Tavern will be open by late spring or early summer. Much like Burger Girl does with Burger Boy, the new bar and eatery will “mirror” Old Louisville Tavern, which Borsch also owns along with business partner Scott Lukemire. He says the menu will be almost identical, focusing on burgers, sandwiches, appetizers and a few entrée items, along with beer and spirits.
The new bar and restaurant will open in a leased, 3,100-square-foot space at 3212 Frankfort Ave., which previously was a rental business and, based on what’s left of the original façade, began its life as a pharmacy.
The space will get an extensive makeover, Borsch says, and will be decorated with vintage local and regional neon signs, along with a 20-foot-long, 100-year-old Brunswick bar.
The tavern will keep its original tin ceilings and terrazzo floors, while the façade is currently being renovated along with the interior.
“It will be a vintage bar and restaurant,” Borsch told Insider Louisville. “I think it’s got the right feel to it.”
The business will be just a couple of blocks from Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot, Patrick’s Bar and Hooked on Frankfort, the forthcoming seafood restaurant owned by FABD owners David and Robert Alvey.
“I’m of the mind you attract more businesses by having multiple concepts next to each other,” Borsch says.
Borsch also created Toonerville Deli and Old Louisville Pizza Company.