Steven Clements

The Steve Clements saga has taken another twist.

Multiple sources have confirmed to Insider Louisville that Kentucky Derby Museum filed suit today in Jefferson Circuit Court against the caterer, alleging that Clements committed fraud and breach of contract.

Insider Louisville was unable to contact museum officials.

One week ago, the museum at Churchill Downs unceremoniously dismissed Steve Clements Catering after 25 years, replaced by Levy Restaurants, a Chicago-based foodservice contractor that serves Churchill Downs.

At the time, Derby Museum officials would only say Clements would be replaced due to “contractual issues.” Insiders told Insider Louisville a contract dispute between owner-operator Steven Clements and the Kentucky Derby Museum led to a work stoppage at the property on Wed., June 27.

On Sunday morning, July 1, Clements called his managers in for a meeting to say Avalon was closing immediately, according to several employees.

Avalon chef Patrick Roney told Insider Louisville (The Churchill Downs operation) was “basically Steve’s big breadwinner, and when that shut down, it took Avalon with it.”

Neither Insider Louisville nor any other media has been able to interview the usually talkative Clements since then.
Meanwhile, a number of commercial real estate sources have said jockeying for the Avalon property at 1314 Bardstown Rd. has begun, with several operators bent on owning the prime Highlands property.