Modern distillery’s full-service restaurant unveils innovative new culinary and beverage program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (July 13, 2020) – – – The Kitchen & Bar at Bardstown Bourbon Company, 1500 Parkway Drive, has reopened with major changes including a new name, updated food and beverage menus, and staff changes in the kitchen and behind the bar. Formerly Bottle & Bond Kitchen and Bar, The Kitchen & Bar at Bardstown Bourbon Company reopened Friday, July 10 with limited hours and will resume regularly scheduled service Wednesday, July 15 at 50% capacity with socially distanced tables, outdoor seating and state-mandated cleaning procedures. For more information, or to make reservations, call (502) 233-4769 or visit bardstownbourbon.com.
“We wanted to be thoughtful in our approach when it came to reopening the restaurant,” said Vice President of Hospitality Dan Callaway. “I’m proud of how our hospitality program took this unprecedented downtime to research, innovate, improve and release a great new menu as we move forward in a new direction.”
Diners can also expect to see fresh new faces throughout the restaurant, including executive chef James-Stuart “Stu” Plush and beverage director Brandon “Habi” Habenstein. Chef Stu is new to Bardstown Bourbon Company, while Habi previously served as national brand ambassador.
Previously executive chef at The Bourbon Academy Tasting Room, chef Stu also served as sous chef at Charr’d Bourbon Kitchen & Lounge and Winston’s, as well as chef and kitchen manager at Farm to Fork Catering. Born and raised in Kentucky, chef Stu draws upon inspiration from his life growing up in the Bluegrass.
“Bardstown Bourbon Company’s goal has always been to create a modern bourbon experience in the first Napa-valley style destination on the bourbon trail, and our new menu reflects that,” said chef Stu. “The lineup is full of contemporary takes on classic Kentucky dishes.”
Chef Stu’s menu celebrates local farms and regional businesses, including Broadbent Food Products in Kuttawa, Kentucky; Col. Bill Newsom’s Aged Country Hams in Princeton, Kentucky; Father’s Country Ham in Bremen, Kentucky; Keene’s Hams in Bardstown, Kentucky; Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese in Austin, Kentucky; and Sixteen Bricks Artisan Bakehouse in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Highlights include country hams with bourbon grains; Kentucky poutine with white cheddar cheese curds and Jake’s sausage gravy; collard green wontons with smoked turkey and Capriole Farms goat cheese; a classic Wagyu burger with Kenny’s swiss cheese; and the beloved shrimp and grits with Kentucky country ham, filet mignon and braised pork.
The distillery and culinary collaboration extend to behind the bar with a modernized cocktail menu just in time for summer. Guests can expect fresh ingredients, sustainable methods and a twist on old favorites, like a peachy mint julep, boozy slushies and the Ship Shape – a bourbon cocktail served on a smoked Bardstown Bourbon Company barrel stave. The popular barrel-aged cocktails remain, along with a curated beer and wine list.
About The Kitchen & Bar at Bardstown Bourbon Company:
The Kitchen & Bar is set on 100 acres of active farmland in the heart of Bourbon Country along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Located within Bardstown Bourbon Company, one of the country’s most modern and technically advanced whiskey distilleries, The Kitchen & Bar combines local and seasonal ingredients with regional flair, offering simple, yet refined Southern comfort food from executive chef Stu Plush. The collaboration within culinary, beverage and distillery teams reveal fresh and sustainable cocktails, while hosting an extensive spirits library filled with more than 400 vintage American whiskeys curated by renowned whiskey author, Fred Minnick. The Kitchen & Bar is open for lunch Wednesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and for dinner Friday and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, visit bardstownbourbon.com or follow Bardstown Bourbon Company on Facebook and Instagram.