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St. Matthews BoomBozz gives way to "Waylon's"

by Robin Garr » Tue May 16, 2017 11:31 am

St. Matthews BoomBozz is giving way to another Palombino property, apparently a sibling to Merle's downtown. It looks pretty good, actually, although I regret not having the time it would take to de-hype the news release created by an Indianapolis-based "boutique PR firm."

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Waylon‘s Feed and Firewater to Ignite St. Matthews Dining Scene
Sister Concept to Merle‘s Whiskey Kitchen to Feature Southern-Inspired Cuisine, Live Music and more than 100 Bourbons and Cocktails on Tap

EAP Restaurant Concepts is excited to announce the opening of Waylon‘s Feed and Firewater, a brand-new sister concept to Merle‘s Whiskey Kitchen. The toe-tappin‘ honky-tonk will open this summer in the St. Matthews neighborhood of Louisville and feature a Southern American menu, stellar selection of handcrafted spirits and live music. The vibrant sit-down restaurant will open at 3939 Shelbyville Rd. in the building that currently houses a BoomBozz Craft Pizza and Taphouse.

“With the recent explosive growth of food and entertainment venues in the heart of St. Matthews, we feel this concept is the perfect fit for the future,” said Tony Palombino, CEO, EAP Restaurant Concepts who also founded BoomBozz. “It was a difficult decision to replace this BoomBozz location with a new concept, and we are very thankful for our guests‘ loyalty at BoomBozz St. Matthews and look forward to seeing everyone at our four other Louisville BoomBozz locations.”

BoomBooz will close this Saturday, May 20, and once the makeover is complete, the southern-style menu at Waylon‘s Feed and Firewater will feature some of the dishes Merle‘s Whiskey Kitchen patrons have grown to love, including their award-winning tacos and delicious new additions to round out the menu.

For those seeking to wet their whistle, Waylon‘s will serve a carefully curated collection of over 100 hand-selected bourbons, cocktails on-tap, local and regional distilled spirits and a selection of local craft beers. Diners will also have the pleasure of enjoying regional and local live music acts three nights per week. “With the continued high demand for Bourbon we have also noticed patrons seeking establishments that offer other local and regionally-distilled spirits. Patrons also want a place where they can come eat, relax and enjoy great live music, so we‘re excited to bring all of these vibrant concepts together in one place and to the St. Matthews neighborhood which continues to grow in popularity,” said Palombino.

Waylon‘s Feed and Firewater will seat approximately 160 guests and is slated to open in June 2017. Current employees at the St. Matthews BoomBozz location will be offered employment at the new restaurant concept or be given assistance for placement at one of the other EAP Restaurant Concept locations.
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Re: St. Matthews BoomBozz gives way to "Waylon's"

by Jeremy J » Sat May 20, 2017 7:15 am

Yes. Louisville desperately needs another southern food restaurant concept.
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Re: St. Matthews BoomBozz gives way to "Waylon's"

by Robin Garr » Sat May 20, 2017 7:42 am

Jeremy J wrote:Yes. Louisville desperately needs another southern food restaurant concept.

This ... anonymous ... essay appeared in LEO Weekly's recent April Fool's Day "Fake" Edition ...

Louisville not a ‘Southern City,’ chefs schooled on local geography

What do you suppose it would be like if suddenly, just like that, Louisville restaurateurs belatedly discovered that the city is not actually, well, Southern.

Consider these simple, historical realities: Kentucky never seceded from the Union. President Abraham Lincoln was born just a few miles south of the city, in a little log cabin near Hodgenville, Kentucky. Louisville housed a major Union Army fort during the Civil War, and most of the city’s German and Irish population stood staunchly against slavery and for the North.

For many of us who grew up in Louisville, particularly if we’re old enough to remember watching with horror as the civil-rights struggle played out violently in Birmingham, Selma, and across the entire state of Mississippi, the idea that Louisville is “Southern” strikes us as hilarious, but also a bit offensive. Heck, we don’t even have Southern accents, or at least not too much.

But something funny happened as we evolved from a city full of people who loved to eat out into a gastronomic mecca that gets noticed in national food and travel media: A bunch of restaurateurs, realizing that “Southern” cuisine was getting to be a hot thing, decided to jump on that train before it left the station. If Southern is a trend, we can be Southern too.

It’s fake, though. So let’s just imagine what would happen if, in a sudden burst of self-actualization, the city’s faux-Southern eateries suddenly discovered the error of their ways and dropped that shtick.

Ed Lee might declare 610’s new thing “Korean-Midwestern” and would quickly head out on a culinary research visit to Iowa. Doc Crow’s might become Doctor Crow’s, and its owners, rediscovering their heritage, would fuse Southeast Asian flavors into its barbecue-centric cuisine, to critical acclaim. Silver Dollar would point out, truthfully, that its Southern-seeming chow was really California cuisine all along. And Finn’s could rename itself Finn’s Northern Kitchen without missing a beat. Hey, it could happen!
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Re: St. Matthews BoomBozz gives way to "Waylon's"

by James Natsis » Sat May 20, 2017 9:13 am

Jeremy J wrote:Yes. Louisville desperately needs another southern food restaurant concept.


I hear you on the plenitude of southern food concepts. However, the advent of live music is always a plus. It seems we have a more robust live music scene that one would expect, especially given our location in the shadow of Nashville's reputation. I'm interested in seeing how the soon-to-open jazz club will do downtown. I recently did a piece on the jazz scene in Louisville and feel that it will be a success. I think our bourbonism, foodie scene, and increase of hotel rooms and apartments in the downtown area bode well for more live entertainment. As for St Mathews and live music, well, Tony B. may be on to something.......
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Re: St. Matthews BoomBozz gives way to "Waylon's"

by Mark R. » Sat May 20, 2017 12:47 pm

Jeremy J wrote:Yes. Louisville desperately needs another southern food restaurant concept.

Well we also have pizza restaurants on every corner yet it doesn't stop new ones from appearing! This case we are treating one from column A for one from column B!
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