LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A landmark on Frankfort Avenue in Clifton will be torn down to make room for a new business and extra parking. The old Genny's Diner will be demolished.
The owners of Comfy Cow Ice Cream in Westport Village are buying the diner and the house next door that's falling apart. They plan to restore the Victorian home and make it a second Comfy Cow location and also build a new wing attached to it.
This morning the Louisville Metro Business Development Corporation approved a $150,000 loan to help make it happen.
"We feel like it's important to the city. We try to help stimulate job growth. Jobs will come about. That's our primary mission to create jobs in the city of Louisville," Charles Foree with METCO said.
You may remember the former owner, Frank Faris, wanted to tear down the historic home, but he lost a court battle and decided to sell it and his diner next door.
"There are other properties we've looked at that probably made more sense, but I really think it's the right thing to do, and when you do that it comes back to you," Comfy Cow co-owner Tim Koons-McGee said.
The Comfy Cow says it will hire 28 people to work at the new location. The owners say they'll close on the property in the next few days and start work on it right away. They hope to open by late spring.