Day: May 1, 2016

In Louisville, a flood of hotel rooms may not be enough

Led by the mammoth 612-room Omni, eight hotels are in the works for the Louisville area, The Courier-Journal said today, and if completed, they’ll add 1,500 more rooms at a total cost of $850 million. The Omni has started construction, and hopes to open by spring 2018.

But all those additional rooms may not be enough to satisfy demand once the Kentucky International Convention Center expansion is done; the center will close in mid-August for two years.

There are just under 15,000 hotel rooms in Jefferson County, and 18,670 in the metro area, including nearby Kentucky and Indiana counties. But compare that to other metros in the region that compete for convention and other big-meeting business:

  • St. Louis: 38,000
  • Indianapolis: 33,000
  • Cincinnati: 37,700
  • Nashville: 26,600.

Fried green tomatoesLast night in Fontleroy’s restaurant. Fried green tomatoes: blue crab, roasted corn chow chow, and Comeback sauce. $13.

The restaurant’s Facebook page serves as its website, where it describes itself as a “modern southern kitchen offering our region’s hottest food trends. Local and seasonal offerings paired with original artisan libations.”

Named after Louisville Mayor James Fontleroy Grinstead, the restaurant opened last fall at 2011 Grinstead Drive in the Highlands. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday; breakfast and lunch only on Mondays.

Fontleroy’s is also on Yelp, plus Open Table and TripAdvisor.