By Shannon Cogan
Grand opening night at The Pine Room in Harrod’s Creek had some people remembering the old Pine Room that burned down in 1977.
It’s where Phyllis and John Ward met back in 1971.
“Anybody who lived near here spent a lot of time listening to Mable at the piano bar, she was like a legend in her own time,” Phyllis Ward said at the grand opening Thursday night.
There’s also a piano player at the new spot too, located in the former Cast Iron Steakhouse at 6325 River Road in Prospect.
The cool colors provide a relaxing environment for what the owner, Augusta Holland, is calling a “High Quality Neighborhood Restaurant” she hopes people will return to many times.
“I wanted to help re-establish Harrods Creek as a place, not just a pass-through,” Holland said. “There is so much history here and I wanted to tap into some of that history by bringing back The Pine Room name. I also felt like this part of town was ready for another high quality, locally owned food establishment.”Holland is well-versed in the history of Kentucky as a descendant of the founder of the Brown-Forman Corporation.
“They (Residents) all sort of collected here, rich and poor, and drank plenty of bourbon,” he said with a laugh.
Holland has hired Coby Ming as the executive chef. Ming launched Harvest in the Nulu area and helped launch the Wiltshire at the Speed project.
Serving as the General Manager is Steven Ton, who owned Basa, a Vietnamese restaurant which closed on Frankfort Avenue in 2016.