Restaurant News & Reviews

Harry's in Lansdowne becoming a tavern-style concept

Harry's American Bar in Lansdowne, part of the Bluegrass Hospitality Group family, is getting a makeover, and then some.

BHG announced Wednesday that the bar would become a new tavern-style concept, which has yet to be named, featuring a deep selection of bourbon and wine and small-plate dishes created by culinary director Alan Lamoureux.

"Choosing the first location of Harry's (for our latest venture) is somewhat symbolic for us," co-owner Brian McCarty said in the news release. "We're always looking for ways to give our guests exciting new experiences.

"This tavern-atmosphere is a perfect evolution from when we launched Harry's 11 years ago. Every new BHG brand has started in the Lansdowne Shoppes, and this concept is the perfect way to take advantage of our local bourbon heritage."

The last night for the Lansdowne Harry's will be Saturday; it will reopen under a new name in October, in time for the Keeneland fall meet, said Stephanie Bork, BHG marketing director.

The patio will stay open throughout, with Harry's traditional food, she said.

The new menu will feature shared small plates, such as cola short ribs, house-smoked salmon, a fried green tomato BLT and organic chicken.

The bourbon lineup will be extensive, Bork said, from Pappy Van Winkle and "every type of rare bourbon you can think of" to more moderate mainstays of the whiskey spectrum.

"Everybody's all about craft food, craft bourbon, and craft cocktails, so we wanted to take advantage of all that, too," she said.

Construction is set to begin next week, Bork said. The concept "will be warm and modern, with one wall lined with bourbon."

The other Harry's locations, in Hamburg and Palomar Center, will stay open as Harry's, she said.

All of the racing and equestrian-themed décor — everything from jockey's silks to Kentucky Derby photos and tabletops — is on sale at Proceeds will go to the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund.

BHG's other restaurants include Malone's, Sal's Chophouse, Aqua Sushi Bar, and Drake's.