Business Briefs


Big Changes are Coming at Volare Italian Ristorante. The restaurant will close on August 27 for four days for an extensive interior facelift.

This is the first major renovation of the 13 year old Italian restaurant recently named Best of Louisville by readers of Louisville Magazine for two consecutive years. As customers enter the new Volare they will notice a selection of new custom furnishings and lighting selected by Volare’s design team. A lighter wall color designed to brighten the look of the interior will complement the existing artwork, and the addition of new delicate drapes will enhance the hand painted mural, synonymous for Volare.

Also, a local glass artist has been selected for custom glasswork to delineate the separation between seating and the Volare bar.

The renovation will also encompass a revised menu with several new items and of course the Volare classics. The menu will feature several new original pastas made from the Pasta Extruder imported directly from Italy. A new menu is also in the works for the Volare Bar featuring small plates and unique craft cocktails. An extensive wine list showcasing more than 250 selections further enhances the culinary changes.

“Our loyal customers are very important to us,” Volare’s Executive Chef and Managing Partner, Josh Moore stated. “All of the changes that we are making provide for a more engaging quality guest experience, while at the same time introducing ourselves to a new generation of customers. It’s a natural evolution for Volare.”

Volare plans to re-open on Thursday, August 31 with a promotional offer and celebration to thank our dedicated patrons for the past 13 years with 13% off each guest check through October 13, 2017.


Old Forester recently installed the centerpiece of its new distillery – the column still. Produced by Vendome Copper and Brass Works, the Old Forester still is 24 inches wide and 44 feet tall, weighing in at 4,700 lbs. The column still’s key role in bourbon making is the separation of the fermented mash (corn, rye, malt and barley) to create ‘new spirit,’ essentially serving as the heart of the distillery.

The column still traveled down Main Street from Louisville’s Vendome company for installation. The still was lifted from a flatbed truck by a crane built inside of the distillery footprint. It was then raised up and over the several story building facade into the distillery and affixed to the interior wall.

“We are very excited for the installation of column still – the focal point of our facility,” said Old Forester President Campbell Brown. “This turning point brings us to a new chapter in the construction of the Old Forester Distillery allowing us to envision the future of this long term project more and more every day.”

Old Forester returns to its roots with this distillery, as Brown-Forman originally occupied this very location on Whiskey Row between 1900 and 1919. The installation of the column still is an integral milestone in the construction of the Old Forester Distillery, bringing it another step closer to completion, which is expected late spring of 2018.


The Petrino Family Foundation, established by UofL Head Football Coach Bobby Petrino and his family, is thrilled to announce the kickoff of football season and the 4th Annual Petrino Family Foundation Tailgate Parties. Visionworks and Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn have come on board as the title sponsors, and Delta Dental is on board as a presenting sponsor. Proceeds from the tailgates will go toward the Foundation’s pledges including the Children’s Hospital Foundation through the Trauma Program at Norton’s Children’s Hospital and the Cardinal Covenant Scholarship.

“Every year our Pre-Game Tailgates have gotten bigger and bigger and become a major fundraiser for the Foundation. We’re looking forward to a great season and providing a great experience for our supporters and Cardinal fans,” said Kelsey Scott, Executive Director of the Foundation.

Season passes and sponsorship opportunities for the tailgate parties are on sale now. Season Passes for ALL (6) Home Games & Individual Game Tables are available. The Season Pass includes access to the Trager Center for all six home games, a table for 10, a rotating menu, bar with complimentary drink tickets, entertainment, photo wall, former player appearances and sideline pregame opportunities. Tickets are available at a limited quantity. Tables will be sold on a first response basis, and a portion of the purchase is eligible for a charitable deduction.

To purchase your table now or for more information on the tailgate parties, contact the Foundation at 502-262-3632 or at


The Women’s Business Center of Kentucky (WBC), a U.S. Small Business Administration program hosted by Community Ventures, is proud to announce the 5th Annual Women in Business Expo and Conference,”Breaking Through Barriers”. The WBC is pleased to welcome PNC Bank as the presenting sponsor for this year’s event. The Expo & Conference will take place in Louisville at the Muhammad Ali Center on September 26th. This year, the conference will tap into new energy with an innovative speaker lineup that will target both new and established women business owners.

The event will include a breakfast keynote, luncheon keynote, workshops, the popular Business Pitch Contest, and the vendor expo. This year’s breakfast keynote speaker will be Niki Brown. As a Reverend, Author, and Motivational Speaker, Niki Brown has one mission: to empower women to breakthrough their limitations, discover their greatness, and become more.

This year’s luncheon keynote speaker will be Krystal Ball, former MSNBC host, author, journalist, and founder of the People’s House Project. At People’s House Project, Krystal is working to build a working class majority committed to an economy that works for ordinary Americans. In 2016, Krystal was central to Glamour magazine’s political coverage. For the previous three years, Krystal co-hosted MSNBC’s topical news, politics and culture daily program, The Cycle. While at MSNBC, Krystal also developed and co-produced Krystal Clear, and anchored live stream coverage of special events. The WBC is proud to announce both Niki and Krystal’s involvement in this year’s conference.

The event will be led by Phyllis Alcorn, the new Director of the Women’s Business Center. Phyllis has been with Community Ventures for eight years and has helped in leading business development with entrepreneurs in the Lexington market. “I am delighted and honored to host our 5th Annual expo and conference,” she said. “And, I’m very inspired with this year’s expo theme. The barriers are numerous that we, as women, encounter on a daily basis. It is our hope that our women attendees will take away critical tools for tackling these barriers so that they will be better able to break through their own personal barriers and continue on their pathways to business success”.

For more information about the Women’s Business Center of Kentucky, visit or call 859-231-0054.


PNC Broadway in Louisville announces that it has broken its season subscription record for the 2017-2018 season with over 13,450 season ticket holders. The series’ previous benchmark of 11,979 season ticket holders was achieved in 2015. PNC Broadway in Louisville, or commonly known by its former name PNC Bank Broadway Series, has been bringing quality touring Broadway productions to Louisville for over 30 years, with its non-profit partner organization, Louisville Theatrical Association.

“Every year we put together a line-up of shows that we hope will appeal to our broad audience base,” said Leslie Broecker, PNC Broadway in Louisville President. “It’s Louisville’s passion for theatre that has made our series grow and break records, bringing thousands of people downtown. And of course we couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that Hamilton will be coming to the 2018-2019 season!”

“I am extremely proud of our long-term partnership with PNC Broadway in Louisville and couldn’t be happier with this accomplishment,” said Kim Baker, President of The Kentucky Center. “This achievement is a testament to their ability to recognize and bring the very best Broadway entertainment to the Bluegrass and present it right here on The Kentucky Center’s Whitney Hall stage.”

“This is a significant milestone of success for PNC Broadway in Louisville,” says Mike Moll, PNC Bank senior vice president and director of Client and Community Relations in Louisville. “We initiated our title sponsorship in 1993 to help introduce the (then) new PNC brand, and it was wildly successful. We’ve continued our support because of the great boost it provides to Louisville’s robust arts scene and economic development.”

“The Louisville Theatrical Association is thrilled to see this phenomenal level of subscription sales being achieved, and our deep thanks and hearty congratulations are extended to Leslie Broecker and the rest of the staff of PNC Broadway in Louisville for their hard work, tremendous planning, and great dedication in making this milestone a reality,” commented David Roth, the current Chairman of Louisville Theatrical Association. “This level of participation in the PNC Broadway in Louisville series, as well as the wide-ranging educational opportunities made possible by reason of such success and the great series of plays being presented this season, truly further the mission of the LTA and the Louisville Fund for the Arts to promote and extend community participation in the performing arts.”

The upcoming 2017-2018 PNC Broadway in Louisville season includes Finding Neverland, Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, Chicago, School of Rock, and Waitress. Season Options will include the Rent 20th Anniversary Tour and Les Misérables.

PNC Broadway in Louisville also announced on February 23 that the national tour of Hamilton will play The Kentucky Center as part of the 2018-19 season.