SuperChefs set to reopen next week
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The owner of a restaurant that was destroyed by a fire several months ago, is days away from opening up a new location.
The Strati Wild Italian restaurant sign will be coming down and a SuperChefs sign will be going up at 1702 Bardstown Road.
"When we come back, we are coming back in full force," Chef Darnell Ferguson said.
SuperChefs is a re-birth with super-hero powers. Chef Darnell Ferguson and his team are getting ready to open up SuperChefs again, on July 15.
"We're 100 percent ready, (we're) excited," Ferguson said. "Now it's more anticipation, because now everyone's waiting."
His team is putting in the final touches, everything from the inspirational quotes on windows, to hanging superhero artwork, to finishing the bar. On Thursday, staff was also at the restaurant having a pow-wow before the big day.
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Ferguson once again is working alongside his long-time friend, chef Rodney White.
Ferguson had only been in his St. Matthews location for five months before it burned down back in January. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation. A neighboring restaurant, Chef Maria's Greek Deli, was also destroyed.
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Instead of that tragedy holding him back, Ferguson says it's opened up even bigger opportunities. Landing him in a location that he's always
wanted to be at, among other great Louisville restaurants.
"This is like being home," said Ferguson. "Like LeBron (James) being back in Cleveland. We are in the Highlands now!"
Ferguson is bringing back his old employees, and some new ones too. He said some of his staff are faithful customers that wanted to work for him.
This time, Ferguson said, there's a big twist with the restaurant.
"It's two different restaurants in one building," he said.
By day it will be Superchefs, a superhero-themed restaurant. By night, it will be DINNER and will feature a villain decor.
You'll be able to find previous popular menu items, and some new ones too. Ferguson says he's learned a lot since meeting legends like Rachel
Ray, Emeril Lagasse and Guy Fieri over the last few months.
"We didn't have a lot of seafood before," Ferguson said. "Now, we've got lobster tails, huge prawns, a lot more with fresh produce. Everything has went up a notch, so you will be wowed to a whole other place."
Ferguson says he's grateful to all of the people in the community who helped him over the past six months.
His restaurant dream isn't stopping at his new location on Bardstown Road, though. He's also teaming up with former NBA and University of Kentucky men's basketball player Derek Anderson to develop a third restaurant that focuses on healthy food options.
SuperChefs will serve breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. DINNER will open a few weeks later.
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