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JAN 2019

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 1.19 69 THE SPREAD Return of the Room By Sarah Kelley / Photos by Jessica Ebelhar No more pining for the Pine Room. From far left: Spinach and citrus salad, buttermilk fried chicken, sharing nachos, and pappardelle pesto pasta. Phyllis Ward and her college friends were regulars at the old Pine Room, a well-known watering hole situated on a quaint stretch of River Road in historic Harrods Creek. e neighborhood bar and restaurant served cheap libations, coun- try cooking and seafood, but Ward says the main attraction was Mabel — a charismatic pianist who played jazz and familiar ballads on a baby grand bathed in candlelight. "Mabel was quite a colorful character," says Ward, who met her husband John at the Pine Room on a Saturday night in 1971. "I was actually on a date with a friend of my husband's the night we met. e friend introduced us, and John called and asked me out a few weeks later." Over the next several years, the couple spent countless evenings at the Pine Room. But the good times ended at the beloved saloon on March 9, 1977, when a fire broke out in the kitchen, causing smoke and water damage in the dining room and gutting the bar. Any hopes of restoration were dashed two weeks later, when a second two- alarm fire destroyed what was left of the building where the Pine Room had operated for 35 years. "Only a chimney and a pine tree remained standing to remind passersby of the once-popular restau- rant," the Courier-Journal reported at the time. Now, four decades later, a new Pine Room has opened, just a few doors down from where the original once stood. e restaurant is the vision of Augusta Brown Holland, who grew up spending time with her grandparents — Sally and W.L Lyons Brown, of the Brown-Forman Corp. — at their Harrods Creek estate. Four years ago, Holland, her husband Gill and the couple's three young children moved into the sprawling estate that's been in her family since the 1920s. It was a vast change from the Holland family's pre- vious home in the Highlands, a densely populated neighborhood saturated with locally owned eateries. "When we moved to Harrods Creek, I felt like there was a niche to be filled," Holland says. ough Cunningham's and Captain's Quarters are popular Harrods Creek restaurants, the area has lost quite a few local

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