A second helping: New owners reopen Brownsboro Eatery

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By Tracy Harris

After four years of standing empty, the Brownsboro Eatery’s doors have reopened with new owners and a fresh coat of paint.

Visitors can expect a similar menu and feel, as Goshen residents Ed and Dianna Hunsinger are keeping the restaurant’s general store theme.

Ed, who also owns Empire Tax Service in Crestwood, said he has wanted to buy the old building since the “for sale” sign went up three years ago.

The barn-like building was constructed in 1955, and the Hunsingers found it in terrible shape inside — a jumble of trash covered in rust and junk. And a windstorm ripped off much of the roof in 2011.

The Hunsingers spent months cleaning, polishing and painting, creating a bright, sunny space decorated with antique items found in the rubble.

There’s even an old “Brownsboro General Store” sign restored to its former position on the front of the building.

The eatery will serve breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday.

Early risers can stop in for breakfast — the eatery will be serving fresh donuts daily, along with heartier dishes.

For lunch, hot and cold deli sandwiches are complemented by soups and salads.

Hand-dipped ice cream will be an afternoon treat.

A gallery featuring local arts and crafts adds to the store’s selection of goods, and an organic sculpture in the parking lot alerts visitors that the store is something special.

The sculpture, carved out of a dead tree by Louisville-based artist Joe Autry, has already attracted dozens of drivers who stopped to take a better look.

Manager Don Miller is a long-time food industry proprietor and executive who became Golden Corral’s youngest-ever partner/manager at age 19. He’s also worked for the Chili’s and Applebee’s chains.

“I’m really very optimistic about it all,” Miller said. “I think about this place all day every day.”

The restaurant launched its “soft opening” phase June 15 and is currently open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

A grand opening is scheduled 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21.

“We’ve had a pretty good flow of people through here already,” Miller said. “I’ve got about a million concepts I’d like to try out.”

The location is thought to have been occupied by some kind of grocery for more than a century. 

Now, the Hunsingers are bringing that history back to life.