Bar & Grille opens in Prospect
owners say name recognition
will help them earn customers
PROSPECT, Ky. (May 2006) When Max & Erma's
restaurant pulled up stakes and left Prospect last year, it left a significant
vacancy in the back of the Prospect Village Shopping Center.
by Don Ward
Paulin poses at the bar of the new
Bristol Bar & Grille in Prospect, Ky.
But a group of local investors have banded together to
form HIPP Enterprises LLC for the purpose of opening a new restaurant
at 6051 Timber Ridge Dr. They chose a familiar company to align themselves
with Bristol Bar & Grille. It officially opened to the
public on April 9, becoming the fourth full-service Bristol Bar &
Grille location in the Louisville area since 1977.
Prospect resident and YUM Brands development director Norb Paulin heads
the investment group that includes his brother, David Walts-Paulin and
Prospect Village Shopping Center manager Monty Helm. The restaurant
is operated solely by Main Street Management Associates, Bristol's parent
company, which is handling staffing and day-to-day operations.
"I told my boss that I planned to retire in summer 2008, so I wanted
to have something that was related to the restaurant industry, where
I have spent nearly 30 years of my life," Norb Paulin said during
a grand opening party April 7 that attracted about 500 people. His job
at YUM consists of scouting locations throughout the Midwest for new
The new Bristol restaurant has an upscale touch, with a unique design
by Giampaolo Bianconcini of Ewald Design Associates. It also features
the work of Ken von Roenn of Architectural Glass Art, which has created
a series of unique blown glass lighting fixtures around the bar and
larger pieces adorning the walls. The most recent collaboration of Bianconcini
and von Roenn was the Bristol operation at 614 W. Main Street, Louisville.
It opened several years ago.
The new Prospect location features seating for 170 people, room for
private parties and an outdoor patio dining area that seats about 50.
"We decided on the Bristol because we wanted to get name recognition
and branding," said HIPP Enterprises spokeswoman Karen Paulin,
"People here in Prospect are choosey, and they can afford to be
choosey, so we wanted something classy and fun," she said.
She said that when the shopping center was built a decade ago, Bristol
Bar & Grille was considered but the timing wasn't right.
Doug Grossmann, president of Main Street Management Associates, had
some say in the overall design of the restaurant, Karen Paulin said.
"Because it is an established brand, we wanted to stay with the
traditional Bristol colors of beige and dark green and black."
I am really excited about this project," Grossmann said.
"I have many friends who have been asking me for years to open
a Bristol in Prospect. There is no question in my mind that the need
is there, and I think we have put together the right combination to
successfully address this need."
Other Bristol Bar & Grille locations are at 1321 Bardstown Rd. (opened
in September 1977); 300 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy. in the Forum Shopping Center
(April 1995); 614 W. Main St. (April 2003). A Bristol cafe operates
at the J.B. Speed Museum.
The Prospect Bristol, like the other full-service Bristol operations,
is open seven days a week serving lunch and dinner and a buffet-style
brunch on Sunday. Menu, wine list and bar offerings are similar, if
not identical, to those offered in the current Bristol Bar & Grille
locations. Carry out service is also available.
The Prospect Bristol has initially created 43 full-time jobs. The general
manager will be Amy Cairoli, who has worked at the Bristol since moving
to Louisville from Cleveland in 1997. She is an assistant manager at
the Bardstown Road operation. The chef is Michael Vissing, who has worked
for the Bristol since 1991 and is currently the chef at the Hurstbourne
Mark Aarvig, Main Street Management Associates' CEO, said, I think
what excites me the most about this new project is the opportunity it
affords to many of our employees to be rewarded for their commitment
to our company. Because of this new opportunity, many of our employees
will receive promotions and chances to grow professionally."
The Prospect Bristol Bar & Grille will
have extended hours on May 14 for its Mothers Day Sunday Brunch.
Hours for that brunch will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. instead of the normal
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call the restaurant at (502)
292-2585 or visit: www.bristolbarandgrille.com.
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