May 10, 2016

The Cordish Companies Announce Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri to Bring Flagship Dining Concept to Louisville at Fourth Street Live!

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Louisville, KY: The Cordish Companies announced today that celebrity chef Guy Fieri will be bringing a new dining concept to Fourth Street Live! this fall. Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, which will open to the public September 9, 2016, will be a flagship location of a brand new restaurant concept for Guy Fieri. Inducted into the American Royal BBQ Hall of Fame in 2012, Guy Fieri’s passion for BBQ will heavily influence his Smokehouse concept and will add to the Fourth Street culinary mix which includes Birracibo by Junior Bridgeman, Bourbon Raw, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Brazeiros Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse and Eddie Merlot’s. Designed by Niemitz Design Group of Boston and Louisville’s Bravura Architects, Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse will feature 6,700 square feet of dining space, including 117 interior seats and 79 outdoor patio seats. The outdoor patio, totaling over 2,200 square feet, will feature two large working meat smokers and an indoor/outdoor bar.

“We are thrilled to bring Guy Fieri to Louisville,” stated Reed Cordish, VP of The Cordish Companies. “Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse will be a truly special restaurant for downtown Louisville and a strong addition to our already exciting lineup at Fourth Street Live! We could have picked anywhere in the country to debut this flagship restaurant concept and we chose Louisville.”

"One of the best parts of my job is that I get to explore great cities all over this country and I'm thrilled to be opening my Smokehouse in one of the best," stated Guy Fieri, Emmy Award-winning chef, restaurateur, author and TV personality.  "To be able to make this a reality with a world-class company like The Cordish Companies in a city that I have always loved is just awesome. My Smokehouse concept is going to be something incredibly special for the City of Louisville."

Fourth Street Live! has welcomed several new dining and beverage concepts over the past few months including Birracibo by Junior Bridgeman, Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse, Bourbon Raw and the Goose Island Beer Bridge. 

“The announcement of Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse represents The Cordish Companies’ continued commitment and investment in our state, the City of Louisville and Fourth Street Live!,” said Governor Matt Bevin. “It is exciting to see the success of current establishments in the area attracting new business to the Commonwealth.”

“Louisville is one of the world’s best food cities and now Guy Fieri is part of our tradition,” stated Mayor Greg Fischer. “It’s great to see this major investment in our downtown by The Cordish Companies at Fourth Street Live! – Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse will be a game changer for the City of Louisville.”

About The Cordish Companies

The Cordish Companies’ origins date back to 1910 and encompass four generations of privately-held, family ownership. During the past ten decades, The Cordish Companies has grown into a global leader in Real Estate Development, Gaming & Hospitality, Entertainment Management and International Urban Planning & Development. One of the largest and most respected developers in the world, The Cordish Companies has been awarded an unprecedented seven Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence for public-private developments that are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. Prime examples are The Cordish Companies’ prominent role in the redevelopment of Baltimore’s world famous Inner Harbor; Philadelphia, PA; Atlantic City, NJ; Charleston, SC; Houston, TX; Louisville, KY; Kansas City, MO and St. Louis, MO. In addition, The Cordish Companies has developed and operates multiple highly acclaimed entertainment destinations throughout the United States which welcome over 50 million visitors per year and are the most visited destinations in their respective regions. Over the generations, The Cordish Companies has remained true to the family’s core values of quality, entrepreneurial spirit, long-term personal relationships and integrity. As a testimony to the long-term vision of its family leadership, The Cordish Companies still owns and manages virtually every business it has created. For more information visit or follow us on Twitter.

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About Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri, chef, restaurateur, author and Emmy Award-winning host began his love affair with food at the age of ten, selling soft pretzels from a three-wheeled bicycle cart he built with his father called “The Awesome Pretzel.” Supplementing the pretzel income with six years of dish washing wages, Guy earned enough money to pursue his dream of studying abroad as an exchange student in Chantilly, France.  There he gained a profound appreciation for international cuisine, the rigor of technique and the importance of fresh ingredients, and the experience further strengthened his passion for food. After graduating from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a degree in Hospitality Management, Guy launched his culinary career in 1996 with the opening of Johnny Garlic’s, his first restaurant based in his hometown of Santa Rosa, CA.  Since then, Guy has created a thriving culinary empire as the host of top-rated TV shows Guy’s Big Bite, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Guy’s Grocery Games; author of five New York Times bestselling cookbooks; and owner of 45 restaurants across the country. Guy will release his sixth book, Guy Fieri Family Food, in October, 2016, and continues to steadfastly support the charity he founded, Cooking with Kids, which is dedicated to teaching kids to cook while instilling self-esteem, self-reliance, and a healthy lifestyle. Guy lives in Northern California with his wife, Lori and two boys – Hunter and Ryder. 

About Fourth Street Live!

Fourth Street Live! is Louisville’s premier dining and entertainment destination located in the heart of Downtown Louisville on Fourth Street between Liberty and Muhammad Ali Boulevard. A short walk from historic downtown hotels, the Kentucky International Convention Center, Waterfront Park, the KFC Yum Center, Slugger Field, and more, Fourth Street Live! offers something for everyone. Valet parking is located at the intersection of Muhammad Ali Boulevard and 4th Street. Public parking is conveniently located at the Fourth Street Live! garage. For more information, please visit

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