Park Place and Browning’s To Close

(above photo of Browning’s Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout from Chicagoist)

In a related development to our post about West Main Street from last week, Consuming Louisville is reporting this morning that Saturday was the last night of business for the Park Place and Browning’s restaurants and microbrewery, located in Slugger Field on East Main Street:

I got a press release over the weekend saying that Saturday night (October 11, 2008) was the final evening in business for both Park Place and Browning’s down on Main. This is really sad news for an area that’s already taken some big hits recently in terms of food (Primo, Market on Market) and just general business (Baer Fabrics). The key quote in the press release was from the general manager of both restaurants who said:

“Although we have seen a steady increase in business, we feel the current state of our national economy will prove to prohibit the sustainability of our success. We are extremely grateful to all of our supporters and will miss them at our tables.”

This is bad news for Main Street east of 2nd, as well as for beer lovers in the Louisville area. We had a couple pints of Browning’s She-Devil Imperial Pale Ale on Friday night at the Zeppelin Cafe in Schnitzelburg, but still hadn’t had the chance to dine at the Slugger Field restaurants. We work just a block away (full disclosure: for one of Park Place/Browning’s vendors), and we’re saddened by this abrupt and jarring news. We really wanted to try the food out, as well as the other beer selections.

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