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Genny's Diner and house sold, to be ice cream store

Frank Faris Frank Faris
Tim Koons-McGee Tim Koons-McGee
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An infamous piece of property that partially burned in two fires and has been the subject of court battles for years will be restored. A local business is expanding and will take over Genny's Diner on Frankfort Avenue as well as the old house next door that has caused so much trouble. The owner, Frank Faris, had wanted to knock it down for years, but preservation groups refused to let that happen, so he's selling both properties.

"I'm for preservation society," said Faris. "I'm for the historical. I'm for all that, but in this case it's a little bit different and in every case it's a little bit different, but this is the reason why I decided to sell out and close."

Faris has tried to sell the house before, even give it away per a judge's order. Finally he has a legitimate buyer to whom he's selling the diner and giving the house.

After so much controversy, we asked the new co-owner why he would put up with the headaches of these properties.

"We've always sort of lived on the edge," said Tim Koons-McGee with a laugh. "Everybody said why did we do this and open an ice cream shop. There's millions of ice cream shops. We just had a vision for it."

Faris tells us Genny's Diner will close in mid-October and become the second Comfy Cow in Louisville. The first has been open for less than a year in Westport Village.

"It's an iconic location," said Koons-McGee of the new spot on Frankfort Avenue. "You tell somebody well where are you located? We're where the old Genny's Diner was and you know I think it's a great opportunity."

The plan is to keep the diner feel, while turning it into an ice cream shop. There may even be room for the famous frickled pickles on the menu.

"We make everything from scratch," said Koons-McGee. "We're always experimenting, so there maybe some sort of pickled ice cream something. Pregnant women get a special discount."

The new owners say the city is helping with low-interest loans and they're hoping to get rid of some if not all of the back taxes owed on the property.

Meanwhile, Faris says there could be another Genny's Diner in the future, but for now, he's taking some time off.

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