The 502 Is Fresh, Fun & New

Are you ready for a unique dining experience? Moreover, are you ready to enjoy two of the best aspects to dining out – top-notch service and an incredible wine list – while watching your favorite sports team in the city?

Sounds different, right? That’s because it is, and it’s unlike anything Louisville has ever seen – or dined upon – before. It’s The 502 Bar & Bistro in Norton Commons. Brand new to our city’s wonderful food scene, locally owned and truly inventive, it’s the next place you need to try, whether you’re going on a date, grabbing a delicious glass of Meiomi Pinot Noir from Sonoma on “Wine Down Wednesday” with a friend, or going to catch the next Packers game.

The 502 Bar & Bistro is something incredibly unique. Scott Cheatham, who is managing partner, along with his wife, Jennifer Cheatham, explains, “We wanted to be a spot where you could go watch sports any time you wanted during the week, still be able to have a full dinner, then, on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, still have it be a date-night spot.” Of course Louisville has many places where you can grab delicious food and watch sports – but not like this. The 502 Bistro & Bar has successfully created an upscale casual dining experience that marries the best of delicious, upscale-dining foods with a comfortable, casual and welcoming atmosphere. It’s the best of both worlds.

Executive Chef Ming Pu has designed some tasty dishes. The beer cheese with beef short rib contains the Moody Tongue Chocolate Churro Porter matched with smoked gouda. It’s topped with pico de gallo, which has just enough acidity to cut through the wholesomeness of the cheese and balance things out on your tongue. The cubes of short rib also add a fondue-feel to the appetizer, enhancing the experience with every bite. And don’t forget, you can enjoy this while watching the Olympics on one of the restaurant’s flat-screen TVs – they’ve got 11 inside and one on their scenic outdoor patio.

The shrimp and scallop grits dish is infused with Tilamook white cheddar with just a touch of whole butter. Its red eye gravy is cooked down with coffee and has an amazing balance of light spice and smoothness that wraps you in heaven. Want a little more? Try the beef fillet. The meat boasts incredible flavor, and it’s unbelievably tender, not to mention that the presentation of the dish is nothing short of beautiful! At The 502 Bar & Bistro, truly there is something to satisfy whatever your tastes desire.

Jen Roberts, who recently moved to Derby City, says of the locale, “The friendly and fresh atmosphere complements the menu with … a new twist. A perfect place for a solo drink at the bar, date night or happy hour – I highly recommend it!” Follow Jen’s advice and head out to Norton Commons to give this place a try! VT

502 Bar & Bistro is located at  1041 Meeting Street. For more information, call 502.742.4772.

By NICHOLAS MOORE, Contributing Writer