Whiskey Row

Heaven Hill to Open Downtown Bourbon Attraction

by Rick Howlett on April 26, 2012

Heaven Hill Distilleries today announced plans to build a downtown Louisville attraction based on its Evan Williams brand of bourbon.

The $9.5 million Evan Williams Bourbon Experience will be housed in a company-owned building in the 500 block of West Main Street.

Evan Williams was a Welsh immigrant who settled in Louisville and set up a distillery in 1783, along what would become known as Whiskey Row.

“This area of main street was an important center of commerce for the bourbon industry, and now Evan Williams, Kentucky’s first commercial distillery, is coming back home to his original locale,” Harry Shapira, Heaven Hill’s executive vice president, said at a press conference.

Heaven Hill is now based in Bardstown.

Shapira says the renovated building will include a working distillery (left) and other attractions, including a huge bourbon bottle that will empty into a fountain in the building’s lobby (right).

The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is scheduled for completion in September of 2013. The bourbon sector is making a comeback along the Main Street corridor. Michter’s Distillery announced last year it will transform a nearby building into a distillery that will offer tours and tastings.

(Information for this story also came from the Associated Press. Renderings courtesy of Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc.)

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Whiskey Row Announces First Phase of Renovation Plans

by Devin Katayama November 1, 2011

The gate to the deteriorating buildings on Louisville’s Whiskey Row opens. You can see your breath when you make your way across the floorboards that are littered with glass and garbage. Craig Greenburg warns to watch out for soft spots on the floor and the smells of what once housed a night club. “It’s almost […]

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New Owners Take Over Whiskey Row

by admin August 2, 2011

A group of local investors who are planning a multi-million dollar renovation of the historic Whiskey Row buildings in downtown Louisville have officially taken ownership of the properties. Led by developers Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown, the group purchased four of the buildings for $4.8 million from businessman Todd Blue, who had previously sought […]

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State of the News: Whiskey Row, LMAS and More

by Laura Ellis May 13, 2011

Today on State of the News we talked to WFPL’s Phillip M. Bailey and Dalton Main about Whiskey Row, the Louisville Metro Animal Services audit, and other local and regional stories. Then we joined Here & Now for a look at Mississippi River flooding, and what life is like in Japan two months after the […]

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Council Approves Whiskey Row Deal

by admin May 12, 2011

Receiving additional assurances from Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration, the Louisville Metro Council approved an emergency ordinance that allocates $1.5 million to help preserve a strip of 19th Century buildings downtown. Earlier this week, the mayor brokered a deal with local developers Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown to purchase four of the seven historic Whiskey […]

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Council Receives ‘Fact Sheet’ on Whiskey Row Deal

by admin May 12, 2011

Hours before the Louisville Metro Council meets to vote on an emergency ordinance to preserve a strip of 19th Century buildings downtown, the mayor’s office has provided members with an outline of the financial plan to save the historic block. But Republican members say they are still unwilling to support waiving council rules to approve […]

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Thursday Here and Now: Floodwaters Rising, Whiskey Row Still Standing, Long Now Moving Slowly

by Todd Mundt May 12, 2011

Here’s what e’re working on for today at 1pm: Flood waters continue to rise from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf of Mexico. The Arkansas Farm Bureau reports today more than 1 million acres of cropland are underwater there. We’ll talk about the flooding and the damage with a farmer in Arkansas. On Monday, President […]

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Whiskey Row Ordinance Deemed Emergency

by admin May 10, 2011

Members of the Louisville Metro Council have introduced an emergency ordinance to spend $1.5 million to salvage the historic Whiskey Row buildings and are considering suspending council rules to allow a vote Thursday. The sponsors of the bill say Mayor Greg Fischer has promised a memorandum of understanding to explain the deal before voting, but […]

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$4.8 Million Deal Will Save Whiskey Row Buildings

by Gabe Bullard May 9, 2011

A deal has been made to save the Whiskey Row buildings in downtown Louisville. Through a previous agreement between Mayor Greg Fischer and owner Todd Blue, the seven buildings were slated to be demolished to make room for a parking lot, then a new development. Preservationists fought to salvage the buildings, and Metro Government then sought […]

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Hearing on Attempt to Delay Whiskey Row Destruction is This Week

by Gabe Bullard May 9, 2011

A federal judge will hear arguments this week over whether to further delay the demolition of the Whiskey Row buildings in downtown Louisville. Through an agreement between Mayor Greg Fischer and developer Todd Blue, the strip of buildings could’ve been destroyed as early as today. Preservationists fought the deal and last week they filed for […]

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