Beloved LouisvilleKY Bar Set to Reopen


Joe’s Older Than Dirt will make triumphant return

LYNDON, Ky.  —  A Louisville institution and its iconic moose mascot are making a comeback. Former general manager of Joe’s Older than Dirt, Cres Bride and Olé Restaurant Group announced today they are partnering to reopen the bar at its previous location at 8131 New LaGrange Rd. in Lyndon. Bride, who also owns and manages, R Place Pub, will run day-to-day operations, while Olé Restaurant Group, comprised of Mussel & Burger Bar, Artesano Vino Tapas Y Mas, Guaca Mole Cocina Mexicana, Mercato Italiano and El Taco Luchador, is developing an affordable food menu.

“I couldn’t be more excited to bring back Joe’s,” said Cres Bride, who served as GM and co-owner of Joe’s from 2006 to 2010.  “The roots and legacy of Joe’s in Lyndon run very deep.  I pitched Olé on the idea not long ago, and things have come together quickly.”

Joe’s Older Than Dirt first opened in 1937, but the most previous ownership fell on hard times and shuttered in 2015. Red Barn Kitchen has operated at the location since July of 2016 and its last day of business will be Feb. 3.

Patio - Courtesy of Ole Restaurant Group“We are making a few renovations, including replicating the old bar in the front, so the layout will be very similar to how everyone remembers it,” said Bride.  “expect “We’ll have about 20 beers on tap, and it will be very affordable in the Joe’s tradition. We’ll have a great food menu at a very reasonable prices, too.  It’s bar fare done the Olé way.  Chef Fernando Martinez and his team have some great dishes like Pork Rind Nachos, a Mac n’ Cheese Burger, and some killer smoked wings, to name a few.  expect trivia night on Mondays, karaoke Tuesdays, cornhole Wednesdays, a live band Thursday and DJs Fridays and Saturdays. expect 15 TVs to catch games.”

The famous Moose overlooking New LaGrange Rd. should be back in place the afternoon of Feb. 1 , but customers will have to wait until Feb. 21 before renovations are complete and Joe’s reopens for new memories.

joes older than dirtAbout Olé Restaurant Group: The Olé Restaurant Group is an independently-operated restaurant group of seven eateries in Louisville, Kentucky.  Founded by Chef Fernando Martinez, Olé is comprised of Mercato Italiano, Artesano Vino Tapas Y Mas, Guaca Mole Cocina Mexicana, Mussel & Burger Bar Jeffersontown, Mussel & Burger Bar Downtown, El Taco Luchador Highlands, El Taco Luchador St. Matthews, El Taco Luchador Jtown (coming soon) and Red Barn Kitchen. Visit, or on Facebook.