Jared Matthews is owner operator at Lou Lou Food + Drink (108 Sears Ave) and runs both Diamond Pub & Billiards locations (3814 Frankfort Ave, 630 Barret Ave) , but now he is adding another restaurant and bar to his plate. Matthews, who purchased Lou Lou Food + Drink 18 months ago with his financial partner Thomas Barnes, has purchased (with Barnes) Equus Restaurant and Jack’s Lounge (122 Sears Ave) from Chef Dean Corbett. Equus has been in the Saint Matthews neighborhood for over 30 years. A celebration will be June 30, where people can check out the new menu and new look. (The restaurant will not close and will maintain business as usual through the process.)

Dean Corbett will remain on, working in the kitchen,  but the menu will change to feature seafood and steak with additional input from Matthews and Lou Lou’s Chef Jon Pauly and some locally sourced products. Matthews said that there will also be a whole new wine and cocktail list as well.

“We just plan to breathe new life into the place,” said Matthews. “The inside is already beautiful, but we’ll be adding slick new awnings to the building and putting in all new patio furniture.

It doesn’t look like Matthews is slowing down anytime soon. He said he plans to open another Lou Lou location in the near future as well.