By CONNIE LEONARD | WAVE 3 News
Goodbye Art Deco furnishings, hello modern downtown feel. That’s the plan as Rivue, at the top of the Galt House Hotel, announced it will close its doors in just a few weeks to get ready for a new concept.
Tuesday, Rivue Restaurant & Lounge announced it will close the fine dining restaurant after the final brunch on Sunday, July 14.
The new restaurant will take several months to complete, as the entire 25th floor will be under construction.
The popular twin revolving floors, live music and, of course, the incredible river views will stay put.
With the new concept, the idea is to provide great food while staying relevant with the ever-evolving downtown area.
“It’s definitely bittersweet, I’ve been on and off here for the past 12 years,” Nick Schneider, great grandson of Al J. Schneider, said of the closing.
Schneider, the restaurant manager, said any sadness of saying goodbye to Rivue is easily eclipsed by excitement of what’s next. The new restaurant is part of the $80 million hotel renovation.
“I’m happy to see where we’re going in the future,” he said.
Operators of the new concept are going modern and more approachable. Changes include dropping the main floor, adding a large bar and both private dining areas and more intimate seating.
They hope to bring a fresh downtown feel and to stay independent as a restaurant, unlike the hotel’s other restaurants.
“We’re going to create a lot more of a vibe in here,” Scott Shoenberger, the President and CEO of the Al J. Schneider Company, said. “So if you just want to come up and have a great drink and maybe nosh on a little something, we’ll do that up here in terms of the live energy and the feel.”
At the new restaurant, the kitchen will be open to the dining room and bar.
“I’m very excited,” Rivue Executive Chef Kendall Linhart said. “It’s going to be amazing.”
He told us the new menu of food and cocktails are top secret for now, but will be top notch. He also said with all the new entertainment options downtown, the timing to do a complete renovation of the 25th floor couldn’t be more perfect.
“The revitalization of downtown Louisville is a very exciting time and we’re really happy to be part of that,” Linhart said. “And hopefully we’re really going to hit a home run here.”
The name of the new restaurant is still under wraps for now. They hope to be open sometime next spring.
Over the next few weeks, Rivue is planning some nostalgic events, bringing back the well-known candy cart and offering menu keepsakes for customers.