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One Louisville restaurant closes as another reopens

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Lil Cheezer's closed their Highland's restaurant on Wednesday. Lil Cheezer's closed their Highland's restaurant on Wednesday.
Kathy Cary Kathy Cary
Bill Lynch Bill Lynch

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Highland's restaurant closed its doors Wednesday adding to the list of several other well-known dining spots that have shut down.

Lil' Cheezers is now on the listed of closed locally owned restaurants, joining the likes of Lynn's Paradise Cafe, Avalon and John E's.

Kathy Cary, who owns Lilly's Restaurant on Bardstown Road, has been in the restaurant business since 1979 and said knows what it is like to have to shut a restaurant down. Long hours, time away from her family and fierce competition led her to close her restaurant La Peche 16 years ago. Now she is now in the process of planning a grand reopening with a goal to provide healthier, faster options in to-go form, "Getting a good meal is very important for families, getting a healthier meal and not just fast food," she said.

President of Louisville Originals Chef Bill Lynch, a group of independently-owned restaurants, said the reasons for the closures could be a matter of expense, "Two-thirds of every dollar we get goes into food and labor and what's left with that has to pay for everything else in the operation," he said.  

Lynch said it is harder for a small business to receive a loan than it is from a large corporation, which in turn makes it harder for restaurants to get in and stay in business. 

Cary said in order to keep up in the restaurant business she is constantly cooking up new ideas. "We've had our moments when it's been scary, but we've tried to always re-invent ourselves," she said.  

While Lil' Cheezers closed its restaurant on Bardstown Road Wednesday, it will still operate its food truck. Patrons said they hope the business will be replaced by another local operation.

Lynch said despite the recent closures he believes with Louisville's culinary culture there are sure to be new restaurants popping up with new and exciting dishes to try.

Cary hoping to reopen La Peche sometime in October. La Peche will be located right next door to Lilly's at 1147 Bardstown Road.

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