Booze news: Main Street Café now serving cocktails and beer

Some say part of why Main Street Café (217 E. Main St.) has enjoyed less publicity than it deserves is its lack of a liquor license.

Well, maybe. That it’s not become a serious go-to place for breakfast and lunch remains a mystery to me because the food is really good. But the inability to have a mimosa with my meal hasn’t been a deterrent for me.

Regardless, that hurdle—perceived or otherwise—is gone now that Main Street Café has a liquor license.

Its friendly and talented executive chef, Laurence Agnew, has created a new beverage lineup of cocktails, craft beer and wine (by the bottle and glass) to sip while supping on his great chow.

Cocktail list options ranging in price from $6 to $9 each and include treats such as The Main Mary (house-made bloody Mary mix, vodka, horseradish and lime, garnished with celery, lemon and pickled okra); the PaMosa (PAMA and Gruet NV Blanc de Blancs); red and white sangria; and the signature Main Street Smokin’ Mary (Old Forester Kentucky bourbon, bourbon-smoked paprika and hickory smoke, garnished with house-smoked bacon, celery and lemon).

If beer is more your speed, expect Kentucky options such as Falls City Brewing Company and West Sixth Brewing.

According to a news release, you can drink at the historic bar salvaged from the old Hausman Jeep building on East Market Street in Louisville. (Not sure what a bar was doing in an auto showroom, but it sounds cool anyway.)

Never been?

You’re missing out.

Main Street Café offers breakfast, lunch and deli options Monday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Some suggestions:


  • Arepas and eggs with griddled cake, house-made chorizo, soft scrambled eggs, black beans, cilantro, Mexican crema, fresh pico and smashed avocado, $10
  • The Smoke, a tri-fold omelet of house-made sorghum bacon, smoked Gouda and smoked mushrooms, topped with smoked onion marmalade and served with a choice of hash browns, grits, toast or a biscuit, $9.75
  • Sorghum fried chicken biscuit, $5
  • Belgian waffle with whipped butter, berry compote and powdered sugar, $5.25


  • BB&T with house-made sorghum bacon, Benedictine, tomato and cucumber on rye, $8.50
  • House-made smoked pastrami with jalapeño pimento cheese, butter lettuce, garden tomatoes, garlic mayonnaise and red onion on rye, $10
  • Tarragon chicken salad sandwich, $7.50
  • Smoky carrot, tomato and chipotle soup, $3.25/cup; $4.75/bowl

Hungry and thirsty now?

For more information, call (502) 992-8080.