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John E's Restaurant

(502) 456-1111

3708 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY 40218

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Restaurant Description

Revolutionary War hero George Hikes received land grants in Kentucky and settled near Louisville; his substantial acreage was later divided among his sons, and several of their houses still exist. One structure, believed to have been built about 1851 on the site of an earlier house, was a single log cabin of two rooms downstairs and two up, with a dog-trot hall between.

The rough character of interior materials, recently exposed, leads to speculation that the house may have been built earlier for use as an out-building, and converted to a dwelling when the main house burned - walls of the house were constructed from hewn logs 14 to 18 inches wide. Outer walls were covered with clapboard and inner ones plastered, and although some additions were made, the house was relatively unchanged when it passed out of the hands of Hikes family in 1947. A nearby cemetery contains graves of several members of this prominent Louisville family, and the house is a Kentucky landmark.

It became a restaurant in the 1950's, and by that time, the city had grown up around it; the building had been expanded by further additions. Renovation has exposed the logs on some interior walls, and the four original rooms are not the core of a rambling restaurant.

A patio, added in 1984, was so successful that it has been enclosed for year-round use, providing an alternative ambiance and a setting for live entertainment.


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It's a little off the beaten path, but I like that. I've been going there for almost two years, and I haven't as much as seen an argument in there. The food is great and the owners are the nicest people you would ever wanna meet. No one hits on my wo ...
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Well I've heard all the talk about Barleys at work for four years. Never went in there till yesterday. My loss. I passed it every day, and just never took time to stop, but I will from now on. Coldest beer and 50 cent pool tables. I felt comfortable ...
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I read reviews on Barley's. I'm very picky on my pizzas, so I went there to pick it apart. I COULDN'T !! It was the best Ive ever had. I've go there twice a week just to eat. I don't drink, but if I did, this would be my watering hole. You really ne ...
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Very nice out of the way place. I met one of the owners. The whole staff was so nice. The food was unbelievable. Not what you would expect in a bar. More like food from the highlands or east end. The pizza is like no pizza I've eaten before. Try th ...
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Ate there with some friends about a month ago. Couldn't wait to go back, so today going with another group of friends. Best benedictine sandwich and tomato dill soup I ever ate.

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