What’s old is new again at the Galt House Hotel in Downtown Louisville.
Walker’s Exchange will soon open in the West Tower, named for a restaurant that was in the same site nearly 200 years ago.
The new Walker’s Exchange is pulling inspiration from Louisville’s history.
William H. Walker opened Walker’s Coffee House in 1834 on the current site of The Galt House Hotel, and by 1845 the popular gathering place became known as Walker’s Restaurant Hotel, advertising “all the substantials and delicacies of this and all other markets.”
In 1851, the restaurant relocated to Third Street and took the name Walker’s Exchange.
In its modern adaptation, the restaurant will offer a menu of American and French dishes with a Bluegrass state twist. It will have views of the Belvedere and have some outdoor seating.
Menu items include pasta, poultry, steak, seafood, and flatbreads served fresh from a 6,800-pound brick oven in the heart of the restaurant. The menu will also include bourbon-forward cocktails, local beers on tap, wine and more.
It will be led by Chef Harold Baker, who has appeared on the Food Network a number of times.
Walker’s Exchange is expected to open in November. It will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus feature a Sunday brunch buffet.
For more information on the upcoming restaurant visit its website.