New bar brings 200 jobs, 132 taps and parking concerns

New bar brings 200 jobs, 132 taps and parking concerns
Published: Jun. 16, 2016 at 2:27 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 16, 2016 at 3:03 AM EDT
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Eric Averill (Source: WAVE 3 News)
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – HopCat Louisville will be a new major bar in the Highlands, bringing 200 jobs, but it's also bringing some concerns about parking.

The latest venture in the HopCat chain is opening on July 30 at the corner of Grinstead Drive and Bardstown Road.
Eric Averill is its General Manager.
"We're right on pace," Averill said of construction. "It's going to come down to the end but we're very confident that we're going to be done at the end."
The bar will include 200 whiskeys and 132 draft beers, at least 30 will be from Kentucky and none are macrobrews.

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The 16,000 square foot, multi-story building can host 600 people, a major change from the Spindletop Draperies store it replaces.
Larry Rother is the President of the Highlands Commerce Guild and said he's seen parking become and increasing problem in the area.
"That is one of the main issues when people can't park in front of their homes," Rother said.
HopCat joins Yang Kee Noodle and Steel City Pops as new openings on the block, all needing space.
"I was in Taco Bell when they were towing cars out of their parking lot just a couple weeks ago so clearly even without HopCat being open, there's already difficult parking in this area," Rother said.
Averill said he isn't worried.
"Parking could be a small issue, but we're working with the valet company and we're confident everything will be worked out just fine," Averill said.
He said on top of the valet service, foot traffic should help parking concerns.
"We're very confident in public transportation, bicycles, walking and a valet service that we're constantly using," Averill said.
Despite concerns, Rother said he and the other Highlands Commerce Guild board members are looking forward to the opening in July.
"We're simply excited to find out what it's going to be like," he said.

 Averill said they have hired about 50 people so far for their 200 openings.
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