aspen creek

Aspen Creek

The former location of Champp’s Americana and the Fox and Hound restaurants on Bullitt Lane soon will have a new tenant. Aspen Creek will open a third restaurant, and second Metro area location, in the building just as you exit I-264 onto Shelbyville Road.

Aspen Creek is a venture created by W. Kent Taylor, the restauranteur and businessman behind Texas Roadhouse and Buckhead Mountain Grill. Taylor opened a Fern Creek location of Aspen Creek — 8000 Bardstown Road — in 2009, as well as a location in Irvine, Texas.

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This year Texas Roadhouse sold Aspen Creek to Ultra Steak Inc. of Anderson, Ind. Ultra Steak has been in business since 1979 and also franchises Sizzlers, Texas Roadhouses and Little Caesars Pizzas. The company plans to expand the Aspen Creek concept and also will add an Amarillo, Texas, location this year, bringing the total number of outlets to four.

Aspen Creek features mountain lodge-themed decor. If the new space follows the existing locations’ footprints, you can look forward to a bar and restaurant filled with dozens of flat screen TVs and expansive booths.

The chain’s website says it offers “amazing food at even more amazing prices,” which follows your standard suburban chain restaurant offerings: pasta, salads, chicken and steaks. It also features “down home” meals like country-fried steak, pot roast and meatloaf. Prices hover around either side of the $10 mark, with more dishes below $10 than above.

Champp’s only lasted a year in the Bullitt Lane location. But Aspen Creek’s Fern Creek business celebrated five years in February of 2014. With 502 reviews on its Facebook page, the restaurant has a 4.5 star rating.