Harvest Is Now Officially Closed
It is with a heavy heart that we, the owners of Harvest, share some sad news. After nearly 10 years of sourcing amazing ingredients from our region’s many farmers and turning them into some of Louisville’s best meals, Harvest Restaurant will host its last service this Sunday, September 13.
We began this “farm-to-table” restaurant at a tipping point when consumers knew what that term meant, and respected chefs and restaurateurs who took it seriously. That what was once a fairly radical idea in Louisville’s restaurant scene has become increasingly normal amazes us.
We’re proud to have played a role in that movement because it served to elevate farms and the farmers who run them tirelessly, and for the chefs who dedicated themselves to the work of sourcing from so many suppliers when calling one or two foodservice distributors would have been so much easier. Our final tally of local suppliers we’ve sourced from is nearly 100.
If you think that isn’t a lot, ask some of our amazing culinary team members about the endless challenge of shopping with so many people. In case you’ve forgotten their names—though we’re pretty certain you’ll never forget their food—Coby Ming, Andrew McCabe, Patty Knight, Patrick Roney, Ryan Smith, Caleb Evans, Ben Comfort, Jeff Daily and most recently Daniel Ortiz and Erik Kalsch deserve a ton of credit for helping us define what Harvest was at the outset, and how it evolved over the past decade.
Of course, the kitchen staff represents only half the team, and we could not have created the one-of-a-kind vibe experienced in our dining room without our front-of-the-house staff. Among them Cassandra Hobbic, Stacie Stewart, Aaron Dawkins, Mary Stuart Barrett, and, especially, Tim Quinlan.
Restaurants don’t run without customers—supporters, really—and we’re so grateful to the many who spent their money with us in order to further and enjoy our cause. The many friends you became and memories you helped us make over the years will not be forgotten.
The restaurant business is, in a word, a brutal trade. Funding is but one part of starting one, but the investment of time and emotion into such an enterprise is something few understand. Profits made in the restaurant business are modest, even under the best of circumstances. And when you commit, as we have, to buying the best ingredients possible, as locally as possible, costs rise even higher and margins narrow instep.
A pandemic as we’re enduring now has made operating profitably largely impossible. Hardly an American anywhere needs any further explanation of how this has affected us and our employees. It has been an emotionally challenging year, and to have to write this letter announcing our closure only worsens it for us.
So, with that, we’ll end here by saying we can’t thank you enough for your support of Harvest, our people, our farmer-suppliers, and our cause to make the food and drink you eat the best possible meals you’ll ever have.
Peter, Patrick and Jim
Welcome To Harvest
Welcome to Harvest, a “locally grown” restaurant.
We are exceptionally proud of our reputation for being one of the most celebrated restaurants in Louisville Kentucky, situated in the vibrant Downtown NuLu arts district of East Market Street, just 5 minutes from downtown.
Our mission is to serve outstanding, regionally inspired, seasonal “farm-to-table” cuisine. 80% of our ingredients are sourced locally from within a 100-mile radius and many of our foods are baked, cured, smoked and preserved in-house.
Reserve a Table
To make a reservation call us on 502 384 9090 or click here to book online.
Here at Harvest, we have taken the “farm-to-table” idea to a higher level by crafting a delicious and varied menu featuring traditional and local dishes with a modern twist.
We pledge to serve up a menu of “Rustic Regional” cuisine, based on what produce the local farmers have available any given week, regardless of the season.
Harvest is really like bringing the Farmer’s Market right to your table!
Click here for our menu and list of beverage offerings