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bar Vetti lights up a renewed 800 Building

by Robin Garr » Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:55 am

bar Vetti lights up a renewed 800 Building

LEO's Eats with Robin Garr

Trout with butter beans and black truffle at bar Vetti.
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Who knew that a hot new eatery would bring Louisville rushing back to the old 800 Building? Old-timers might consider this unlikely, but the delightful bar Vetti (management prefers the lowercase “bar”) fits nicely in the renovated turquoise tower.

The 800 caught the city’s attention in a big way when it topped out in 1963. It was tall! At 29 stories and almost 300 feet, it was the tallest building in a city that didn’t have all that many skyscrapers during the ‘60s. It was a striking modern aluminum curtain-wall high-rise … and did we mention that it was turquoise?

Unfortunately for the 800, two things happened pretty quickly after it opened for business: Downtown hollowed out, ravaged by white flight to the suburbs; and turquoise became oh, so ‘50s, just as the ‘60s were getting under way. Like an old harvest gold refrigerator repurposed as a rec-room bar fridge, the 800 stood hidden in plain sight for a generation.

But everything that is old becomes new again, and so has the 800, reborn under new owners as the upscale 800 Tower City Club Apartments, with the charming bar Vetti proudly occupying a first-floor corner. Chef Ryan Rogers, who brought us Royals Hot Chicken and the two Feast BBQ shops, and co-owner and executive chef Andrew McCabe, who’s done kitchen time at Harvest and Proof, have been attracting steady crowds since bar Vetti opened in October.

They call it a “laid-back Italian spot,” and that fits the bill of fare and intriguing Italian-style bar program, although there’s a touch of Kentucky, too, when Broadbent country ham replaces prosciutto and a nice range of bourbons drops in among the amari and aperitivos.

We and our friends Bob and Sharon found street parking – the building’s underground spaces are reserved for residents – and entered through the small front door facing Fourth on the corner closest to York.

The space is surprisingly small, seating about 50 in a tight 1,800-square-foot L-shape wrapped around a stylish bar. ...

Read the full review on LouisvilleHotBytes,
http://www.louisvillehotbytes.com/bar-v ... 0-building

You'll also find this review in LEO Weekly’s Food & Drink section today.
http://www.leoweekly.com/category/food-drink/

bar Vetti
800 S. 4th St.
883-3331
barvetti.com
facebook.com/barvetti
instagram.com/barvetti
Robin Garr’s rating: 91 points


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Re: bar Vetti lights up a renewed 800 Building

by Ryan Rogers » Wed Dec 13, 2017 1:17 pm

Hi Robin, thank you for coming in and for your review, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the sea trout, amongst other things. I hope you'll join us soon for breakfast, which we started last week, M-F 7am-11am and lunch which we'll be serving starting on Monday, M-F 11am-2pm.
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Re: bar Vetti lights up a renewed 800 Building

by Robin Garr » Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:17 pm

Ryan Rogers wrote:Hi Robin, thank you for coming in and for your review, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed the sea trout, amongst other things. I hope you'll join us soon for breakfast, which we started last week, M-F 7am-11am and lunch which we'll be serving starting on Monday, M-F 11am-2pm.

It's a winner, Ryan! For the record, it was brief, but the full review included this line: "bar Vetti opened at first for dinner only, but has since added breakfast, and lunch is coming soon." :)
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Re: bar Vetti lights up a renewed 800 Building

by Gary Guss » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:46 pm

Please god, can we get rid of that giant 800 in painters tape on the side of the building? Cheers to Bar Vetti!

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