OneWest is “a community development corporation committed to elevating our entire city through commercial development growth in west Louisville.”

Two row houses at 516 S. 18th St. (A and B) in the Russell neighborhood, just around the corner from Chef Space, have been completely furnished and outfitted for use as restaurants to enable OneWest’s chef accelerator program.

Gore’s SmokeOut BBQ and Melt 502 (relocating from Fern Creek) are the restaurants OneWest has chosen for the first round of its program in Russell. They’ll have two-year leases, with OneWest providing logistical support (marketing, bookkeeping and human resources, among others). The goal is for the restaurants to sink roots into Russell at the conclusion of their leases.

Both will have their soft openings simultaneously on April 28, with permanent business hours beginning in May.


The West End Is The Best End…
Melt 502 Is Moving To Russell!!! Come Check Us Out For A Fun Filled Day At Our Soft Opening On FRIDAY APRIL 28TH !!!!
FRIDAY APRIL 28TH!!! 518 S. 18th Street “In The Heart Of Russell” Special Thanks To OneWest For The Opportunity To Bring Something New To The West End!!!


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Our soft opening originally scheduled for tomorrow 4/21 has been postponed until next weekend due to various reasons.

We also wanted to kick it off proper w/ our new neighbors Melt 502.

Stay tuned for more info regarding the more soft opening dates to come and Grand Opening in May!!! It’s really real y’all!!💨💨💨💨💨💨

OneWest gets today’s photo credit, and Haley Cawthon has more at Louisville Business First: 2 restaurants opening in West Louisville as part of OneWest accelerator.