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New Plans for Wiskey Row Space

Posted On 04 Mar 2019



Doc Crow’s ownership leases adjacent Whiskey Row property



(Louisville, KY) March 4, 2019 - The Bertuca Hospitality Group, LLC of Nashville has leased the former El Barrio restaurant space located at 129 W. Main St. in downtown Louisville. The father-and-son team of Bertuca Hospitality is majority owner of Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar - adjacent to the recently leased space.


The Bertuca Hospitality Group purchased a majority stake in Doc Crow’s, as well as its sister restaurant in Nashville, Union Common steakhouse, in November of last year. With more than 60 years of combined restaurant experience, Bertuca Hospitality has revitalized Doc Crow’s into a chef-driven restaurant with high-end craft cocktails. 


“We saw an opportunity to take the Doc’s brand and expand into a new venture next door on Whiskey Row,” Bertuca Hospitality owner Ted Bertuca Jr. said. “Construction on the space is scheduled to begin this spring and the new concept will open later this summer. Details on the new project will be announced soon.”


In partnership with Whiskey Row Lofts and Bertuca Hospitality attorney Chip Hamm the transaction marks the first expansion for Bertuca Hospitality in the Louisville market. Hamm’s guidance and negotiations in the transaction were instrumental to its success.


The revitalization of the Whiskey Row block began with the Whiskey Row Lofts project in 2010, and since that time the mixed-use entertainment block has dynamically changed - recently culminating with the addition of the Old Forester Distillery project and the dual brand hotel project. Once entirely vacant, the block now has one available space for lease along Washington St. in the 111 Whiskey Row project.


“The growth and development we have seen along the block with new entertainment attractions, restaurants,  hotels and residential units is a strong indicator of the positive momentum in Louisville,” Weyland Ventures Director of Sales and Leasing Lee Weyland said. “With this transition, we are seeing the evolution of the area by attracting regional investors. The Whiskey Row Lofts developers - Valle Jones, Stephen Jones and Bill Weyland - envisioned the creation of a dynamic block when they began over 10 years ago.”


El Barrio closed for business on Saturday, March 2. The Bertuca Hospitality Group plans to offer positions to the current El Barrio staff.


To learn more about The Bertuca Hospitality Group visit tbo23.com.


About The Bertuca Hospitality Group, LLC

Since 1970, the Bertuca family has a long history of successfully investing, owning and operating multiple businesses. At the Bertuca Organization we value only the highest quality production and doing business with integrity. We bring high quality standards of luxury to our restaurant, home, and technology projects. For more information on our companies and projects, visit tbo23.com.


About Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse & Raw Bar

Located in the historic Whiskey Row of downtown Louisville, Doc Crow’s offers the freshest flavors of American Southern cuisine. The traditional menu celebrates classic seafood favorites from the coastal areas and diverse barbecue styles found throughout the interior regions. This Southern institution plays homage to its Whiskey Row location with a wide selection of the world’s great whiskies and a focus on America’s Native Spirit, bourbon.