A local chef is adding more to his plate.
In August, John Varanese announced he would open a southern-style restaurant on River Road called River House.
He’s now making an addition.
Varanese said he’ll play off of vibes from live entertainment and unique cuisine for his new restaurant, Levee at the River House
Levee at the Riverhouse is on its way in 2016.
Varanese said Levee will share kitchen space with River House to offer folks completely different menus for a unique experience along the Ohio River.
“So we decided we didn’t just want to focus on one kitchen, and it doesn’t lend to good consistency of product,” Varanese said.
Varanese said Levee at the River House will offer a family-fun atmosphere with conservative prices during the day but will be a different experience at night with live entertainment.
The menu will feature small plates, like steak sliders or grab-and-green chili-fried ravioli.
“Going to have soft seating and see the turn of the restaurant as family oriented with a conservative price point for prices, then toward 8:30 we bring in live entertainment with different food,” Varanese said.
Kingfish sits next door and is another viable option for families.
With not many restaurants taking advantage of the beautiful view of the Ohio River, Kingfish executive vice president Greg Wortham thinks more business could be a good thing.
“Think it would help to have Varanese next door. (It) will make it more of a destination and people will think of it top of mind,” Wortham said.
Varanese said it’s all about location, which is why he made sure he placed Levee at the River House on the water.
“Louisville underutilizes the riverfront, especially with the huge dining scene on each side of the river,” Varanese said.
The layout of Levee at the River House will include an indoor and outdoor bar, with seating for about 130 people inside and 100 outside.