One of Lexington’s hottest new neighborhoods is the Pepper Distillery District, just off Manchester Street near downtown. A ton of new businesses have recently moved in, including Crank & Boom Ice Cream, Middle Fork Kitchen Bar, and Ethereal Brewing.
Middle Fork Kitchen Bar is the brick and mortar of Mark Jensen’s food truck, Fork in the Road, and was financed through a Kickstarter campaign. Jensen and his staff have built most of the interior, including upholstering a dozen bar stools from a single cowhide. A wood-fired grill will be featured in the heart of the restaurant and the menu will have seasonal foods and vegetables, great for meat lovers and vegetarians alike.
Crank & Boom is the brain child of Toa Green of the family-run restaurant Thai Orchard Cafe. Green wanted to replicate the street vendors in Thailand when she started making small bathes of the delicious ice cream and selling them at the family restaurant. With a $100,000 building renovation, the Crank & Boom space is cozy and hip with brick walls and exposed pipes. Customers can also enjoy homemade pastries and coffee, along with their amazing ice cream.
Ethereal Brewing is a brewery and taproom located on the old Pepper Distillery campus that serves hand-crafted micro brews. A large outdoor patio with cornhole games and picnic tables is perfect for a night out under the stars.
Residents in the Pepper Distillery District are able to walk to several fantastic restaurants and bars. There are an array of home styles in the neighborhood, including 1920’s bungalows, shotguns and cape cods. Many homes can be purchased for under $125,000 and it is a great time to buy, as the area is expected to blossom into one of Lexington’s popular communities for downtown living.
If you are interested in a home in the Pepper Distillery District, the Kentucky Home Team can help! Call us today.