Fourth Street Live gets New Tenant

Louisville night life moved from lukewarm to red hot back in 2004 when 4th Street Live opened its doors. The entertainment and retail complex located on prime downtown real estate between Mohammad Ali and Liberty on 4th Street is home to a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and stores, and, as city officials announced this week, it will soon be welcoming one more. A bar to be called Tavern on Fourth, owned by East Coast Saloons who owns two other bars at 4th Street Live, will move into the second floor of the Kaufman Straus building after renovations are completed.

The city says that this new 4th Street live tenant will produce 80 new jobs and further contribute to the city’s economic development efforts, and because of this, generous lease agreements and other financial incentives have been offered to the developers. But some eyebrows have been raised about the deal. As detailed in a recent Courier-Journal article, some Metro Council members and other citizens aren’t pleased with the deal offered to the Baltimore-based Cordish Company who developed 4th Street Live and is now brining Tavern on Fourth into the complex.

Despite the controversy, 4th Street Live remains a great place for Louisville locals to meet after work or for visitors from out-of-town to eat out and have a good time. Restaurants include the Hard Rock Café, J. Gumbo’s, Marker’s Mark, Sully’s, Rengo Sed Cantina, TGI Friday’s, The Pub, Wet Willie’s, Ri Ra Irish Pub, The Sports and Social Club, Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theater, and PBR Louisville as well as a food court. Many of these restaurants have live entertainment, and Angel’s Rock Bar and Howl At the Moon attract audiences as well. The retail part of 4th Street Live can’t claim quite as many offering though, just Foot Locker, T-Mobile, and CVS Pharmacy. But the site does host a number of concerts throughout the year which attracts people from all walks of life.

Anyone looking for a good meal, time to party with friends, or a fun place to bring out-of-town guests will find that 4th Street Live has a little something for everyone. And now that Tavern on Fourth will soon be a new option for good times with its newly acquired downtown Louisville real estate, 4th Street Live will get even livelier.

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