Saul Good Restaurant and Pub will open a 4,500-square-foot restaurant as the first new tenant to the renovated Victorian Square in downtown Lexington.
"Downtown is just so vibrant, and it feels like it is on the edge of doing something big," Saul Good owner Rob Perez said. "We just thought, 'We are going to be a part of it.'"
This third Saul Good restaurant is scheduled to open in October. Saul Good also has restaurants in Hamburg and near the Fayette Mall.
There will be some changes to both the space and the menu, Perez said. The historic brick of Victorian Square will be retained, but there will be a room set aside for large groups and an interior patio with windows opening onto Broadway.
The restaurant will have a full-service bar, and seating for 145 people.
Patrons at Saul Good's existing restaurants might have already noticed an expanding menu, which has evolved over the past several months in anticipation of the downtown expansion. Perez said diners can expect more "pasta, pork chops and a really good rib-eye steak."
The Victorian Square restaurant will be at 123 North Broadway, at Broadway and Short Street, and developers say other new tenants are on the way.
"Saul Good is the first of an eclectic mix of retail and restaurants that will transform our project into a major destination," said Mark Fallon, vice president of real estate for Jeffrey R. Anderson Real Estate of Cincinnati, co-owners of the project with The Webb Cos. of Lexington. Other tenants are expected to be announced over the next few months.
Mayor Jim Gray was happy to see a local Lexington business lead the way.
"Spring brings new life for Victorian Square; ... that's great," Gray said in a statement. "We're hoping Saul Good will be the first of many announcements, as we continue to develop the Rupp district. Congratulations to a great local brand."