What’s making Germantown a new hot spot?



Within the past two years, several new bars and restaurants have opened in and near Germantown, including The Post, Lydia House, Kaiju, Monnik Brewing Co. and JB Cakes. But the development isn’t about to stop anytime soon. Here are five other projects currently in the works:

1. Germantown Mill Lofts

The 190-unit apartment complex on Goss Avenue — owned by urban re-developers Underhill Associates along with brothers John and Steve Booker — is currently finishing construction and is expected to open in phases starting in January. The 250,000-square-foot building sits on 8 acres and was built in 1888 to house the Louisville Cotton Mills. The complex will include a swimming pool, fitness center, yoga studio, commercial space and Finn’s Restaurant. The units are expected to rent for $700 to $1,200 per month. Apply for an apartment here.

2. Bradford Mills Lofts

In September, developers under the company name Bradford Mills LLC filed plans with Metro Planning & Design Services that proposed to convert two adjoining buildings at East Oak Street and Reutlinger Avenue into 144 apartments and a restaurant. The buildings were previously home to the Bradford Mills textile company and were built in the early 1900s. The site plans show 138 parking spaces, a swimming pool and gymnasium for the apartment occupants and a sit-down restaurant fronting on Oak Street. The units are expected to rent for $650 to $1,400 per month.

3. Ger mantown Craft House

The owners of the popular Crescent Hill Craft House are expanding their local food and local beer concept to Germantown with a 4,500-square-foot restaurant at 1030 Goss Ave. The restaurant is expected to have a covered patio, seating for about 110 customers and 50 beer taps. Co-owner Pat Hagan has said he hopes the restaurant will be open by June.

4. Unnamed cocktail bar

Property owner David Gilbert has leased the former Groucho’s building at 935 Goss Ave. and plans to turn it into a cocktail bar reminiscent of a 1930s hotel bar. Gilbert said recently that he and business partner Tommy Humphreys have not yet decided on a final cocktail program, but they hope to create a space that’s small yet friendly. “It’ll be right for everybody,” Gilbert said. “It’ll have a timeless feel to it.” The bar is expected to be open before Derby.

5. Pauly’s Schnitzelburg Pub

The former bar at the corner of Goss and Texas avenues will soon become a new bar under a venture led by Gant Hill, the president and principal broker for Gant Hill & Associates. Hill said recently that the group has a tenant but was not yet ready to release information. He added that the bar will have a genuine, honest feel that’s fitting with the neighborhood. It’s unknown yet when the bar is expected to open.

Reach reporter Bailey Loosemore at 502-582-4646 or bloosemore@courierjournal.com.