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The Irish Rover Too has closed, ending roughly a decade on La Grange’s Main Street.
A sign on the door of the restaurant said the business closed this Saturday, August 31, but another restaurant will take its place.
Irish Rover owner Michael Reidy says he has enjoyed his time running his second location in Oldham County, saying the community has “supported us, we felt loved and needed” during 10 years in the area.
Reidy’s first location, the Irish Rover, is located in Louisville.
Reidy says a combination of things led to the closing of the Irish Rover Too, including a favorable offer to sell the property to another restaurant owner. Low sales were not a reason to leave, he said, adding that the restaurant was originally planning to ‘re-tool’ after Christmas.
“Absolutely not, sales have improved and we’ve been doing a lot better,” Reidy said, adding that the business never dipped below 20 employees, even during the recession.
But recent health issues, including a knee replacement, heart problems and a torn rotator cuff have sidelined Reidy in recent months. Plus, Reidy said the drive up Interstate-71 from his home in Louisville to the La Grange restaurant was finally taking a toll.
“If I lived in Oldham County we would not be doing this,” Reidy said. “(The county) deserves to have nice restaurants. I love this county it is the jewel of the Commonwealth. Many people don’t know what they have here because they love Louisville. But Oldham County has come a long way.”
Reidy said if he ever opens a second location again, he would pick a spot like Oldham to do so. But he said his business doesn’t intend to return to La Grange again.
“I think we’ve had our run here, second acts are hard to follow,” he said.
A new restaurant called Rails will take the Irish Rover Too’s spot, according to a legal notice saying Rails is applying for a retail alcohol license. Ellie and Randall Troutman, who own several businesses in Oldham already, will own the new business.
Reidy said having another restaurant put in his spot made his sell much easier.
“I would have felt a sort of betrayal to sell out to another lawyer or a CPA firm,” he said.
Ellie Troutman said her interest in creating the new restaurant was based on making sure Main Street did not have a hole in its storefront.
“We just want to help continue the success of Main Street,” she said. “We feel that restaurant space is integral to that. We feel like losing that would be a loss to our town.”
The new Rails restaurant will have a ‘light railroad theme,’ Troutman said, and will include a remodel and redecorating of the space.
The new business will serve American-style food that will include as much local foods as possible, including lamb from the Troutman’s own sheep farm.
“We want a place you can go where the food is healthy, but also at affordable prices,” Troutman said. “Our motto is big city food, small town charm.”
No exact opening date is set for Rails, but Troutman said she hopes to be open around Sept. 25.
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