Colonnade might make a comeback at the Starks Building

The Starks Building’s new owner, Florida-based Hudson Holdings Co., is on schedule to start spot
demolition work from the basement to the fifth floor of the 14-story office tower next month.
Steve Michael, a principal with Hudson Holdings, said the company is preparing to submit a
demolition permit to start the work by early July and that the work could take as long as two months.
The demolition would clear the way for Hudson Holdings to place a full-service health club in the
basement. The group also plans to place 10,000 square feet or more of ballroom space on the first
floor, which will be renovated. As Business First previously reported, Eddie Merlot’s, Seng Jewelers
and Kentucky Telco Federal Credit Union will remain first-floor tenants.
The second floor, which currently houses the Louisville Business First offices and a few other tenants,
also will be renovated to make room for retail options, including a restaurant and bar that Hudson
Holdings will own and operate. Business First is relocating to the Meidinger Tower, across Fourth
Street from the Starks Building.
Michael told Business First Monday that he wants to bring the Colonnade name back to the Starks
Building for its second floor restaurant. The Colonnade Cafe operated for decades in the basement of
the Starks Building, and Michael said he would like to pursue a similar concept with some of the
signature dishes the cafe served.
I contacted the restaurant’s owners, Chuck and Joe Krill. Chuck Krill said he and his brother still own
the Colonnade Cafe name and all of the recipes from the restaurant, but he declined to discuss any
plans to resume the concept at the Starks Building.