This Louisville restaurant just doubled in size

Chef Allan Rosenberg

10 Nov This Louisville restaurant just doubled in size

By Bridgett Weaver  –  Reporter, Louisville Business First

When he first started on the project to renovate the second floor of his Butchertown restaurant, Allan Rosenberg said, the place was filled with dirt and grime.

Now the second floor at Butchertown Pizza Hall is a separate bar and event space with a mix of rustic finishes and eclectic style and furniture. A soft opening is scheduled for this evening.

Butchertown Pizza Hall opened in the first floor of the restaurant in June, but the second floor was just asking for a renovation.

The downstairs has a family-friendly atmosphere with an arcade in one room, a sports-oriented bar pizzeria-style tables.

The upstairs has a different flair, with a speakeasy-style bar and a small-bites menu — separate from the downstairs menu. The upstairs has more of a jazz lounge feeling to it.

“The space feels different up here,” Rosenberg said. “Which I think is awesome because it kind of gives people an option.”

Oh, and no TVs.

“I want it to be an area where people actually pay attention to each other and socialize with each other,” he said. “If people want sports and television, they can go downstairs.”

The two Butchertown Pizza Hall restaurants, while distinctly different, will operate under the same name. Butchertown Pizza Hall downstairs will keep its hours of 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. Upstairs will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The upstairs bar will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

The upstairs is about 4,000 square feet, with a bar, stage, lounge area and a private room for rent. Rosenberg said the entire upstairs space can be rented out for parties, but it will be open to the public when it’s not rented out.

The upstairs menu will be different from Butchertown Pizza Hall’s downstairs pizza by-the-slice or by-the-pie menu. It will feature cheese boards, charcuterie boards, sliders and 14-inch pizzas. Rosenberg said the pizza will be the same as downstairs, but he might get more creative with the toppings and specials upstairs.

The bar also will have a bourbon-centric cocktail list, with all the classics and creative drinks, too. The average price of a cocktail will be $10.

The pizza hall’s signature pizza will also be available to order by the slice downstairs and take upstairs to the bar, but servers won’t be running back and forth between the two restaurants.

Rosenberg said he’s excited to add to the growing bar and restaurant scene in Butchertown. With Butchertown Social, Butchertown Grocery and Play all nearby, he said, he thinks the neighborhood is hitting its stride. And the pending soccer stadium will help it grow even more, he said.

Allan worked with his wife, Shelly Rosenberg, on both of the pizza hall’s concepts. They think the two businesses will complement each other.

“You can give your kids a roll of quarters and sit upstairs in the bar and have a glass of wine,” Shelly Rosenberg said.