Soon you’ll be knocking on Heaven’s Door in NuLu at The Last Refuge

There is exciting news to report about the immediate future of a dormant church at 601 E. Market in NuLu, but first, the answer to the lingering question of what became of the project previously proposed for the site.

In December, 2018 the Courier Journal’s Maggie Menderski introduced readers to the ChurchKey project slated for the corner of Market and Hancock.

NuLu joint will be part sports bar, part bocce ball, part Cajun-creole

(Scott Smith) knows the folks behind Rhein Haus, the German-inspired bocce, beer and brats concept that has locations in Denver, Seattle and Tacoma.

The (Weyland) development team, too, took some inspiration from Pinewood Social in Nashville. That restaurant hotspot is rigged out with bocce ball, two dipping pools and bowling.

These aren’t just places that people go to eat. They’re places people go to be together. And that’s the vision for ChurchKey when it opens next year.

Obviously ChurchKey never opened in 2019. The most recent post at its Facebook page appeared more than three years after Menderski’s initial preview.

Fortunately we’re not here to adjudicate disputes, so let’s turn to the news of a...Read more