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Guy Fieri to open Smokehouse in Louisville

Guy Fieri attended The Barnstable Brown Gala in Louisville in May 2011. He announced Tuesday that he plans to open a barbecue restaurant in Louisville.
Guy Fieri attended The Barnstable Brown Gala in Louisville in May 2011. He announced Tuesday that he plans to open a barbecue restaurant in Louisville.

Spike-haired restaurateur and food-show host Guy Fieri announced Tuesday that he will open Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse in Louisville at Fourth Street Live, apparently in September.

At a news conference with Gov. Matt Bevin, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and developer Dean Cordish, Fieri said the flagship for his new concept “will rock the house.”

The restaurant won’t be “your average barbecue joint, not that there’s anything wrong with that,” Fieri said. He promised eclectic, made-from-scratch food that he has discovered on travels for his Food Network series Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

“I’ll see you in September,” Fieri said. He also promised not to miss next year’s Kentucky Derby.

His restaurant will join the revitalized 350,000-square-foot entertainment and retail complex on Fourth Street between Liberty Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard that already features the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse, Hard Rock Café, Louisville restaurant owner Junior Bridgeman’s Birracibo, and two dozen other bars and restaurants.

Few details on the Fieri project were released at the news conference, which kicked off a Louisville hometown tourism push.

Fieri opened his first restaurant, Johnny Garlic’s, in 1996; in 2012 he opened Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in New York, which received a notoriously brutal review from The New York Times. In 2014, he opened Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar in Las Vegas.

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