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Doc's Cantina closing; company will try new concept at same location

A sign announcing the closing posted on teh restaurant door. (Source: Jeff Knight/WAVE3News) A sign announcing the closing posted on teh restaurant door. (Source: Jeff Knight/WAVE3News)
Doc's Cantina has a south of the border concept. (Source: Doc's Cantina) Doc's Cantina has a south of the border concept. (Source: Doc's Cantina)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After just six months in business, Doc's Cantina on the Ohio River front is closing.

Fall City Hospitality Group released a statement on Monday, saying the restaurant did not meet the company's standards. They expect to try out a new concept in the same location.

“Our goal is to always offer the best experience for our guests. We have not met our high standards in executing Doc’s Cantina. Therefore, we have decided to close the restaurant, effective immediately. We will reopen the space in a short time with a concept that reflects our commitment to great food and a great guest experience. We are disappointed in our results, but excited about the opportunity. Our other restaurants in Louisville and Nashville will continue their successful operations during this process. We look forward to serving you again soon.”

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Waterfront Corporation President David Karem said the ownership group had met with him before the abrupt closing.

"You want the restaurant to be operating and be successful so when they close it down, that brings you a little bit of concern," Karem said. "It's a mix that just did not work out. They know what they're doing." 

He said the new concept could come very soon. 

"We had discussion that led me to believe it could be three to four months," Karem said. 

Doc's Cantina, opened to the public in April, replacing Tumbleweed which was in the spot for years before closing.

Joe's Crab Shack in the park has been in the same spot for around 20 years. Karem said whatever replacing Doc's Cantina will likely not be seafood.

"It was planned from the beginning that we would have two restaurants in the park and you want them to have a different offering," Karem said. 

Falls City Hospitality Group also owns Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar on Whiskey Row. 

Doc's Cantina will still continue to pay rent to the Waterfront Development Corporation while it's closed. 

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