Good news: New owners for the South Side Inn.

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Currently it isn’t my cup of Joe, but that doesn’t mean downtown doesn’t need a healthy South Side Inn, especially if the new ownership adds eel pie to the menu.

Hmm, wonder what sort of beer they’ll be selling once the license comes through?

Cask-conditioned Miller Lite? But seriously …

Popular eatery to get new owners; New Albany’s South Side Inn was in bankruptcy, by Ben Zion Hershberg (short shelf life for Courier-Journal links).

Here are excerpts:

The venerable South Side Inn restaurant in downtown New Albany is getting a new owner, and a face lift. Joe Peevor, who is buying the restaurant at 114 E. Main St. with his wife, Angela Hawley, said they have completed negotiations and intend to sign July 19. The South Side is in federal bankruptcy proceedings, which the sale will resolve …

… He expects to spend perhaps $100,000 installing windows and painting to brighten up the 55-year-old restaurant.

He also expects to get a liquor license because the South Side is in a recently created riverfront economic development district, allowing bar and restaurant owners in the area to get new liquor licenses even if none are available elsewhere in the city.

Peevor said he will reopen the bar area and install television sets for sports fans, as well as offer outside dining and add a few items to the menu.

But he said he doesn’t expect to tamper much with the South Side’s long tradition of home-style food.

Did he say windows?

Earlier in the week we included a link to a Tribune article (“Cold-beverage warehouse takes hot bath“) about facade restoration at Lambert Distributing, also on Main Street:

In the next couple of weeks, workers will scrape away a half-inch of the facade and reinforce it with the same mixture of mortar used 176 years ago. Corrugated metal also will be removed to unblock several windows.

Well, well. Perhaps I’ll have to amend my previous gibe entitled “windowless views of Scribner Place.” Can Schmitt Furniture be far behind?

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