At Louisville Business First, reporter Haley Cawthon has the scoop on ShopBar, a unique adaptive reuse project on Barret Avenue: FIRST LOOK: ShopBar brings distinctive shopping, dining experience to Barret Avenue.

The story begins with Natasha Sud and Gerald Dickerson, who have transformed a century-old garage at 950 Barret Avenue.

Cawthon surveys the layout.

  • 250-square-foot shop with vintage clothing, jewelry, artwork and miscellaneous gifts, such as handmade soaps and candles.
  • 800-square-foot bar and indoor dining room.
  • 1,250-square-foot patio area with plenty of shade, seating and greenery.

Now, about the food and drink …

The plant-filled patio will remain open year-round, and is flanked by FoodShop, the establishment’s permanent food truck, owned by Houston Rose and Sean Harrigan.
Rose and Harrigan have created a rotating menu of eight dishes. Right now, a few of the items on the menu include the fried white fish with salsa verde over wild rice ($11), the jowl sandwich served on a pretzel bun with apple slaw, jalapeno sauce and fries ($9), and mushroom tostadas with pico de gallo and greens, garnished with cilantro and romano cheese ($7).
The Mexican-inspired menu will be complemented by a tequila and bourbon-heavy craft cocktail menu. ShopBar’s house bourbon will be Old Forester and the establishment also will feature Mala Idea Espadin Mezcal.

Mezcal? The taste buds tingle. Regular hours at ShopBar begin today (September 18) at 3:00 p.m.; for further information about ShopBar, visit the establishment’s page at Facebook.