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Local deli expanding Crestwood business into frozen treats

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By Kenny Colston

 

Finding a place to get dessert will now be just steps away at one Crestwood eatery.

Red Pepper owner Joe Heitz recently opened up the Red Peppermint, a frozen yogurt bar, next door to his Crestwood location. And while the two are branded differently, there’s nothing separating the inside of the restaurants, save different designs and menu options.

At a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the Red Peppermint, Heitz said the decision to open the yogurt bar was because his family wanted to “get crazy” again.

“We moved here knowing no one and opened up the La Grange (Red Pepper), then we opened up this (Crestwood) location seven years later,” Heitz said. “And we wanted to get crazy again so we opened up the Peppermint.”

Several local officials praised Heitz for taking a chance with a locally-owned restaurant and expanding it time and time again.

“It’s a special day,” Oldham County Chamber and Economic Development Executive Director Deana Epperly Karem said. “One of our homegrown, most recognized brands is expanding their doors today. Thank you for being so good to Oldham County. We’re very blessed to know you.”

County Judge-Executive David Voegele presented Heitz and his family with a recognition declaring July 30 as Red Peppermint Day to celebrate the business opening.

And Crestwood Mayor Dennis Deibel thanked Heitz for expanding to Crestwood so many years ago and expanding once again.

“To Joe and Julie, congratulations on your expansion,” Deibel said. “It’s always great to see a successful business expand.”

Heitz’ first business, Red Pepper, was opened in 2001 in La Grange. It currently sits on the city’s Main Street drag as a deli and catering business. In 2008, he opened a second location in Crestwood. His Red Peppermint business was opened on July 7, he said, after he bought an empty space next to his Red Pepper location in Crestwood.

And while many were expressing gratitude to Heitz and his family for opening another business, Heitz said the community is to thank for the success as well.

“When we got here we didn’t know anyone, but Oldham County has been good to us,” he said.

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