Chef and restaurateur Edward Lee, who operates Milkwood and 610 Magnolia in Louisville and Succotash in Washington, D.C., is planning another restaurant, a casual dining spot, at Fourth Street Live. To be called Whiskey Dry, Lee’s new restaurant will be a casual burger and whiskey bar with a “chef-centric point of view.”
In a story in Insider Louisville , Lee said he envisions a modern, crisp look, that will be “a whiskey bar for the next generation.”
Whiskey Dry’s menu will focus on the classic American burger, with a lot of Lee-style tweaks and embellishments. He is still working on the details of the menu, which he hopes to pitch both to those who go with familiar tastes, and those willing to be challenged.
The bar at Whiskey Dry will carry 200+ whiskeys from America, Ireland, Japan and elsewhere. Each burger will have a suggested whiskey pairing.
The restaurant will open in the former The Pub space at Fourth Street Live. In the Insider Louisville story, Lee said, “Fourth Street Live is sort of the center of tourism downtown. I know people have strong opinions about Fourth Street Live, one way or another, but you can’t deny that they get thousands and thousands of out-of-town visitors. There should be a local chef-driven concept there. We really took it as a window of opportunity.”
Whiskey Dry is a partnership between Lee and Cordish Cos., the owner of Fourth Street Live. Lee said he is hoping to open sometime between late April and early June. Whiskey Dry will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week, as well as stay open late on the weekends.