Seafood Lady is on the move again, this time from Old Louisville to an intriguing historic rehabilitation project currently underway on Jefferson Street in NuLu.
In 2015 the Pensacola native Nichelle Thurston had an inspired idea to serve Florida-style seafood platters in Louisville, and with the assistance of husband Luke, she moved quickly from home kitchen catering to a food truck, then to successive bricks ‘n’ mortar locations on Oak Street (a second Seafood Lady restaurant on Fern Valley Road was added in 2018, and will not be affected by the move).
Seafood Lady’s current restaurant at 207 W. Oak will close on November 23, with the new NuLu space at 601 E. Jefferson St. slated for opening on Feb. 15, 2020. It will be larger, with 120 seats. Thurston will serve the same Seafood Lady menu as before with a few different options. There’ll also be a bar and patio.
Seafood Lady’s new home will be in a 16,000 square-foot historic building on the corner of Jefferson and Hancock, constructed in 1890 and presently being rehabilitated into a “micro-boutique hotel” by Weyland Ventures.
For further background on Thurston and her eatery, read Michael L. Jones’ comprehensive profile in Food & Dining Magazine’s Fall 2017 issue: Profile: Becoming the Seafood Lady.