The Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control hearing to "revoke or suspend" The Blind Pig's alcoholic beverage licenses has been pushed back again, this time to Sept. 30 according to a staff assistant with that department.
While the Blind Pig is open and serving booze, its upstairs neighbor Meat remains temporarily shuttered. Previously Meat's owner, Peyton Ray, said via an email from his PR counsel, Carolyn McLean: "It would be premature to speculate about the re-opening of Meat before the Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control Board resolves its issues with The Blind Pig's liquor licenses."
Meanwhile, The Blind Pig has been advertising in LEO Weekly that it's still open. And chef/owner Joseph Frase posted on Louisville Hot Bytes message forum, "We are open and fully intend to stay that way for a long time."
Originally the Blind Pig's liquor license hearing was scheduled for May 16, then it was pushed back to Aug. 13.
Here's the backstory—again—about what's happening with these two popular Butchertown spots (it's largely a copy and paste from an earlier story, so if you've already read it, feel free to go back to your fantasy football mock draft):
In early April, Meat abruptly announced its temporary closure. A week later, Meat's owner Peyton Ray said a dispute with the Blind Pig involving liquor licensing was the reason. Meat had been "depending on the liquor license of the guys downstairs," Ray said at the time. "Unfortunately, our relations with the guys downstairs deteriorated so much and so quickly that they finally, the other day, just turned off the lights, locked the doors, turned off the water." (Blind Pig's chef/owner, Joseph Frase disagreed with Ray's allegations but declined to comment further at the time.)
Meat then applied for its own liquor license. Back in April, Ray had said he'd "probably find out more on the status of our [alcohol] license application" on the date of the Blind Pig's hearing—which had been scheduled for May 16. "We're fully planning on reopening, we just don't know when that's going to be—it could be at the latest, July," Ray said at the time.
In another twist to the story, Ray purchased the building that Meat shares with the Blind Pig, in May, a transaction that surprised Frase.
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[Photos: Courtesy Blind Pig and Zach Everson]