5 questions with owners of new SET at Theatre Square restaurant

Published: Jul. 7, 2016 at 8:09 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2016 at 4:03 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville is a foodie city and there are lots of restaurants to choose from. Get ready for another new restaurant to hit the scene. 

SET at Theatre Square will officially open July 18 in the former Cunningham's restaurant spot at 630 S. Fourth St.  The restaurant will seat 160 people and has two private rooms. If you attend a show at the Palace or Mercury Ballroom, you will have a place to grab a bite as on those nights they will stay open until 2 a.m.

The main investor is business owner and entrepreneur Kirk Stallings, a Louisville native. He has several strategic partners including event planner and public relations and marketing expert Joey Wagner. 

Here are my five questions with Kirk and Joey on the new restaurant SET at Theatre Square.
1. Why did the two of you want to do a restaurant?
We were both on a trip to Vegas and we ran into each other and hung out all weekend and just started talking about doing some business in Louisville and a restaurant and bar just kept coming up. Joey has a strong background in the bar and restaurant business and with me being a local entrepreneur as well we came up with the concept that we both liked and thought would work well in Louisville. - Kirk
2. What's the vibe of SET at Theatre Square?
We wanted to create a cool fun space for lunch and dinner. Ron Wolz of Bittner's helped us create an atmosphere that the city is going to love. For lunch the vibe will be more focused on approachable price points so we can cater to the everyday lunch goer in a really cool space. We will have a great Happy Hour Monday - Friday from 3 – 6 p.m., and then at dinner we will turn the lights down and turn the music up and create a totally different vibe with high energy and great food from a top chef in the city. - Joey
3. The first time I go there, what do you suggest I order?
Slugger Sliders for Appetizer, Brussels Sprouts Salad, Fried Chicken & Waffles, the Mac & Cheese (we have 3 different versions), & Kings Hawaiian Bread Pudding - Joey

Shrimp & Chicken Lettuce Wraps for Appetizer, Cunningham's Famous Fish Sandwich or the Filet for main course, Fried Brussels Sprouts, & the Mane Dessert that is Cotton Candy served on a Horse Head. - Kirk
4. Who is the chef?
Our Executive Chef is Geoffrey Hyde who was the Original Chef that opened the Village Anchor and was there for 5 years so we are really lucky to have him. Chef Geoff describes his menu as an eclectic menu with an approachable price point with something for everyone. - Joey
5. Kirk, you are married with three kids. Joey, you are married with two young kids. Plus you are both involved with other businesses. How will you make the time for a restaurant too?
We have defined roles with all of our staff that has over a 100 years of restaurant and bar experience combined. We both expect to be down there as much as we can to make sure SET is successful and we are operating at a high level with the product, the service, and the culture. - Kirk

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