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"Old haunt" Louisville restaurants still around.

by nate.sturdevant » Wed Nov 21, 2018 2:24 pm

Restaurants 30+ years old...or ones that "feel" that way even if they're maybe too young. Here's my list but please chime in with your own comments:

Spring St.

D. Nalley's

Burger Boy

Dizzy Whizz

Ollie's Trolley

Wagner's

Pat's

Rubbie's

Check's

Granville Inn

WW Cousin's (maybe not but it certainly isn't the kind of restaurant anyone would open today)

Mike Linnig's

Hungry Pelican

Kern's Korner

Bambi Bar

Captain's Quarters

Kingfish

Bristol

Fish House

Morris Deli

Christie's Diner

Lilly's

Oriental House

Back Door

Za's

Ditto's

Jack Fry's

Shirley Mae's

Cottage Inn

Amici

Buck's

Jailhouse Pizza (Brandenburg)

The Old Spaghetti Factory

Moby Dick

Iroquois Pizza

Wagner's Pharmacy

Bonnie & Clyde's Pizza

China Garden

Twig & Leaf

Pizza King

Goose Creek Diner (not old but sort of passes the "feels" old test)

Our Best (Astonishingly only 28 years old. Country style)

Irish Rover

Mark's Feed Store

Cafe Mimosa

Sergio's

Morton's Steakhouse (chain)

Miguel's Pizza (Pizza and rock-climbing gear. Red River Gorge)

Shoney's

Jerry's J-Boy (You know what this one is. The last of its kind)

Air Devil's Inn (bar)

Frontier Diner

Derby Dinner Playhouse

Oriental House

Vincenzo's

Pesto's (Italian and Persian. Downtown. Lunch and Dinner)

Boomer's Canteen (no frills downtown lunchery)

Spinelli's

Zanzabar

Ramsi's

Nord's

Richo's Sportstime Pizza

Mr. Gatti's

Main Street Eatery

Dish on Main

The Grape Leaf

The Bard's Town

China Inn

Vietnam Kitchen

Frank's Deli

Ole Hickory Pit (old school BBQ. Shepherdsville Rd)

Stooges (The ol' 6 AM bar)

Kuhl's (Also Grade Lane and really more of a check cashing place)

Great Wok

The Fishery

Arni's Pizza

Angio's Pizza

Fish House

The Hillview Family Diner (& Ice Cream) (E-Town)

Golden Buddha (Original spot on Preston for Chinese)

Porcini's

Benchwarmer's

Bearno's Pizza

Bud's Tavern (South End old man bar and sandwich shop)

Old Rascal's Bar (South End old man bar)

Lee's Famous Chicken

Wallace Station (Versailles. Country/deli)

Story Inn (Brown Co. IN)

The Cafe (Brent St.)
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Re: "Old haunt" Louisville restaurants still around.

by Robin Garr » Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:11 pm

I love that list, Nate! It's sending me on all manner of trips down memory lane.

If you had set your cutoff at 25 years, not 30, you could have brought El Mundo and Irish Rover into the mix. They opened right around the time we got back to town from NYC in the last week of 1993.
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Re: "Old haunt" Louisville restaurants still around.

by GaryF » Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:30 pm

Equus- 34 years
Jack's Lounge 18 years
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by Gordon M Lowe » Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:01 pm

Lots of love on that list! China Inn on U of L's campus is where I had my first experience with Chinese food. They had just opened around the time I was a senior at U of L in 1989/90. Penny still owns it, I believe. It's been a little bit since I've been in there, but I need to fix that. :)
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Re: "Old haunt" Louisville restaurants still around.

by RonnieD » Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:44 am

Gerstle's Place (95 years!)

Even though we've done a lot of renovations the past few years, it's super fun to have people from all generations come in and remember Gerstle's from days of yore...
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Re: "Old haunt" Louisville restaurants still around.

by Willie Myers » Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:20 am

RonnieD wrote:... remember Gerstle's from days of yore...
Ronnie, I haven't been in for a few years (!) Are you guys doing a decent b-b-q sandwich?
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Re: "Old haunt" Louisville restaurants still around.

by RonnieD » Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:31 pm

I can definitely do a pulled pork sandwich by request. We've floated a few on and off the menu, but our Memphis Nachos (with pulled pork, white queso, fresh jalapeños and house slaw) is the big pork item for us right now. We also do a pulled pork taco that I eat a bit too often myself... We roast our pork shoulder in-house and I'm pretty proud of it. I'm there Thurs-Sun, so pop in and say hey, and I'll hook you up! :D
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Re: "Old haunt" Louisville restaurants still around.

by Margie L » Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:08 pm

Another Place Sandwich Shop (since 1971)
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Re: "Old haunt" Louisville restaurants still around.

by Mike L » Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:52 am

Another restaurant that's been around forever that I still enjoy is Luigi's on Main. They opened in 1996 so not in their 30's. I have always enjoyed their Calzones. I used to eat there almost every week when I worked downtown. Now I try to visit once a year or whenever I'm in that area to visit the 21c museum.

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