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Re: Normandy Inn?

by Will Crawford » Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:54 pm

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Caroline K wrote:My sister and I are chatting about old bars, restaurants and disco's...does anyone remember the Disco in DuPont Square in the 70's Or Peter Outlaw's or the Downstairs Lounge?? What about the Nosh Box off Hikes Lane?? Old House across from the Cathedral?

I remember the Nosh Box, and I definitely remember the Old House. It was a Louisville institution, and it did last into the '80s, as I recall.

Do you remember what the menu was like at the Old House? I never ate there but remember passing it all the time.
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Re: Normandy Inn?

by Jeffrey D. » Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:20 pm

GaryF wrote:Jeffrey, I was going to mention the truck driver but couldn't remember all the details. I was told he drove the truck more as a sideline since he owned the restaurants and other ventures around town. Big grey beard as I recall.
I am sure The Normandy, or at least part of it, was downstairs as they would pass us sandwiches from the kitchen door which was on ground level. But I was so very very young what do I know? :wink:


Gary, We may be saying the same thing. As I remember it, Normandy actually was ground level since you entered it in the front off Main Street and it was on the same level as Main Street. Hearthstone was on an underground level, below Normandy, and was entered in the back off that alley between that building and what was then Kingfish. (Or was it entered from the side, off 7th street? I'm fuzzy on that). I don't know where the kitchens were for either of them Maybe they shared a kitchen?

Will, I lunched at The Old House semi-regularly, (and drank there after work more than semi-regularly). You entered on the street level and then went up a half flight or so of stairs to elegant, white table-clothed dining rooms or went down a half flight or so to a bar, with a few tables. It was a great restaurant. Owned/ran by Erma somebody. Maybe Dick? I think her family had been involved with it for many years. She was a true hostess, making sure everything and everybody was good. They served a great lunch special, two small beef tenderloin medallions with hollandaise sauce and a great bread, maybe sourdough (or French - not sure), and it was about all I ever ordered there. I think one or more of the Francis brothers maybe had an interest in it toward the end, or maybe was a bartender or something. I'm thinking it was Pat, but might have been Mike. Or I could easily be confused about the whole thing. Tons of ambience. And good food, too.
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Re: Normandy Inn?

by Robin Garr » Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:50 pm

Leah s wrote:And he has a successful catering business. I've eaten his food, many, many times.

Have you seen his Facebook posts? :shock:
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Re: Normandy Inn?

by Carla G » Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:04 pm

Caroline K wrote:My sister and I are chatting about old bars, restaurants and disco's...does anyone remember the Disco in DuPont Square in the 70's Or Peter Outlaw's or the Downstairs Lounge?? What about the Nosh Box off Hikes Lane?? Old House across from the Cathedral?


I think the disco at Dupont Sq was called Harlow's. I also remember Peter Outlaws. (In fact my brother, myself and my sweet heart were escorted off their grounds for partying in their double decker bus... when it was closed and locked. )
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Re: Normandy Inn?

by David R. Pierce » Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:34 pm

Carla G wrote:
Caroline K wrote:My sister and I are chatting about old bars, restaurants and disco's...does anyone remember the Disco in DuPont Square in the 70's Or Peter Outlaw's or the Downstairs Lounge?? What about the Nosh Box off Hikes Lane?? Old House across from the Cathedral?


I think the disco at Dupont Sq was called Harlow's. I also remember Peter Outlaws. (In fact my brother, myself and my sweet heart were escorted off their grounds for partying in their double decker bus... when it was closed and locked. )
Remember the Troubadour?

I wasn't much on disco, but remember the names. Didn't Harlow's have a lighted dance floor and roller disco?

Troubadour, hell yeah. Didn't they have a swimming pool for a while?
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Re: Normandy Inn?

by Caroline K » Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:57 am

It was driving my sister crazy! I will let her know it was Harlows! Thanks so much! That's funny Carla about the bus!! My father and his buddy Babe owned Peter Outlaws...
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by david.trabue » Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:55 pm

Granted, I drank a lot in those days... But I played music at the Hearthstone Tavern long enough that I had a weeks paid vacation (as a musician!?!?) from Paul, the truck-driver owner of both the Hearthstone and the Normandy. In the early '70s I played there originally splitting the nights with Nancy Johnson (who got me the gig), then with Will Cary. In both situations we each did a set and then a duo set... I'd also go next door to the Normandy on my breaks where the duo (both played upright bass, one played guitar, one played piano) and do a few songs as a trio with them.

The entrance to the Hearthstone was on 2nd Street (with the bridge ramp on the other side of the street) and the entrance to the Normandy was around the corner on W. Washington Street.

That's my story & I'm sticking to it!

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Re: Normandy Inn?

by Robin Garr » Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:56 pm

David, thanks for that blast from the past, and welcome to the forum!
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Re: Normandy Inn?

by david.trabue » Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:38 pm

Honestly, I'm not much of a foodie, but I was googling trying to find photos of some of my old venues from when I made a living playing music in Louisville. The Washington Street area (as well as the Cherokee area) was good to me. The Hearthstone, Normandy, Great Midwestern, Red Dog Saloon... All full of wonderful memories, but dang hard to find photos from back in the day (early to mid 70s...).

I don't know if "Upload attachment" means I can post a photo, but if so, here is myself & Will Cary at the Hearthstone circa 1972 or '73...
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by Robin Garr » Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:02 pm

Your upload worked fine! The only problem some folks have is trying to upload a photo that's too large. The forum software is limited to 800 x 800 pixels, so a lot of digital photos have to be reduced in size before they'll come through. So, thanks for another blast from the past!
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Re: Normandy Inn?

by david.trabue » Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:32 pm

So, does this rare bird bring back any memories for those in my homeland? It lives with me in Silicon Valley these days, one of 10 ever made. The original 2 owners had # 1 & 2, and as the first musician to play there, I had # 3 originally.
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Re: Normandy Inn?

by Robin Garr » Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:20 pm

Ha! I sure have seen those, or at least that logo. I'm sure you know the B'town Pub is long gone, but fondly remembered.
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Re: Normandy Inn?

by Andrew Mellman » Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:19 pm

Caroline K wrote:What about the Nosh Box off Hikes Lane??


Wasn't Nosh Box on Whittington Pkwy, and Josh &Jaye's off Hikes?
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Re: Normandy Inn?

by Tony I » Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:50 pm

Andrew Mellman wrote:
Caroline K wrote:What about the Nosh Box off Hikes Lane??


Wasn't Nosh Box on Whittington Pkwy, and Josh &Jaye's off Hikes?

I believe that was Les and Marks Deli on Hikes Ln.
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Re: Normandy Inn?

by Robin Garr » Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:13 am

Andrew Mellman wrote:
Caroline K wrote:What about the Nosh Box off Hikes Lane??


Wasn't Nosh Box on Whittington Pkwy, and Josh &Jaye's off Hikes?

Les briefly resurrected Nosh Box on Whittington, years after the original. It didn't last long in the new location.
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