Roadrunner Kitchen has opened; Double Barrel (bourbon bar) next on the agenda at 147 E. Main.

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Kevin Gibson is spending a lot of time in New Albany.

New bourbon bar, Double Barrel, to open in former Match New Albany location, by Kevin Gibson (Insider Louisville)

Match Cigar Bar’s short stay in downtown New Albany won’t leave a vacancy for long: Double Barrel, a bourbon bar and lounge, hopes to open in the spot at 147 E. Main St. sometime in early March.

The aesthetic won’t change too much — much of the décor and furniture still remain, at least for the time being — but there won’t be smoking, and part of a wall was knocked out to facilitate an extra bar.

The place offers a serene, laid-back atmosphere bordered with exposed brick and accented with modern furniture and lighting. The copper-backed main bar is already loaded with dozens of spirits, with more to come.

The queue for pole position across Main Street from our forthcoming Anchor Inc civic HQ already has witnessed an opening: Roadrunner Kitchen, which got started yesterday in the space where Urban Bread used to be.

Roadrunner Kitchen set to open Monday in downtown New Albany, by Kevin Gibson (IL)

Stacie Bale is a proponent of fresh, locally sourced food — but she wants to make it clear that her new venture, Roadrunner Kitchen, is not a vegan restaurant.

A previous restaurant Bale owned and operated, Earth Friends Café, was regarded by many as a vegan establishment, even when there were few if any vegan restaurants open.

“We always had meat,” she said.

Roadrunner Kitchen, which she plans to open Monday, Feb. 26, in downtown New Albany along with business partner Sarah Hastings, will have veggie options, for sure, but it will also feature plenty of meat, cheese and other non-vegan items.

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