Rivue interior
Rivue Restaurant & Lounge will close on July 14. | Courtesy of Rivue

After 13 years, Rivue Restaurant & Lounge, the revolving restaurant on the 25th floor of the Galt House Hotel, will take its last turn on July 14.

The signature fine-dining restaurant was unique in that it was in a perpetual, slow rotation, offering prime views of the Ohio River, the waterfront and downtown.

AJS Hotels, which owns the Galt House, said a new restaurant is in the works for the space and is slated to open in spring 2020. A news release did not elaborate on what that concept might be, but said an announcement should be expected later this year.

The restaurant will continue to operate under normal hours through July 13 dinner service, then open for one last Sunday brunch on July 14.

Rivue Candy Cart
The Candy Cart has been brought back out for the final weeks of service. | Courtesy of Rivue

Between now and then, diners will have a chance to enjoy their favorite dishes again.

In addition, the restaurant’s signature candy cart will be returned to service through the restaurant’s closing. Patrons also are invited to share their photos and memories on Rivue’s Facebook and Instagram profiles.

Rivue will open for post-theater seating for performances of “Hamilton” at Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, including Saturday matinée shows. Pre-show seating will be available for late performances. A special Father’s Day brunch will be offered Sunday, June 16, as well.

During the final two full days of service, keepsake photos will be offered to diners.

Reservations are filling up, according to the announcement. Staff also expect items from the Flagship and Rivue Classics portion of the menu to sell out quickly the final weekend.

Entrees from that list include seared sea scallops, tournedos of beef, and lobster thermidor. Many of these dishes date back to the restaurant’s early years — under various names — as far back to 1973.

Rivue Executive Chef Kendall Linhart says staff will be offered employment in other positions at the hotel.

The original Galt House opened a couple of blocks east at the corner of Second and Main in 1835, but it was demolished in 1921, and the current version was built in 1972. It has 1,314 rooms, 53 meeting rooms, two ballrooms and an exhibit hall. Several rooms and areas, including the bar Jockey Silks, currently are being renovated to the tune of $80 million.

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Kevin Gibson
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