Let the salivation begin.
Yang Kee Noodle is opening its third Louisville location — this one at 1004 Bardstown Road — making it more accessible for those working downtown to grab the restaurant’s Asian fusion dishes for lunch or for those who live near the Highlands to enjoy a meal without battling the mall crowds.
To christen the new restaurant, Yang Kee Noodle will host a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 2, and then from 5 to 9 p.m., 100 percent of the restaurant’s food sales at the new store will go to benefit Gilda’s Club Louisville, which helps families affected by cancer.
“What better way to join this vibrant community than to partner with Gilda’s Club, a Highlands-based organization that offers much needed strength and comfort to so many in need,” Dan Huckestein, Yang Kee Noodle’s operating partner, said in a news release. “We could not be helping a better cause.”
The new restaurant is 3,150 square feet and seats 96 people inside and 48 on its outdoor patio. The patio includes a retractable cover and fire pit table.
A unique feature of the location is that it has a walk-up window allowing customers to order food while sitting on the patio or to go. Customer will still be able to order online or for rapid pick-up similar to the other locations.
Yang Kee Noodle’s menu includes carefully curated noodle or rice bowls or build-your-own bowls with popular ingredients from Thailand, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and China. The restaurant also sells wine, beer, Thai Ice Tea and Filipino Lemonade.
Not long ago, the Bardstown Road space housed KFC Eleven, a test kitchen of sorts for Louisville-based chicken chain KFC Corp. The company decided to close the business and sold the property for $1.55 million to Good Karma Cafe LLC, which is leasing it to Yang Kee Noodle’s parent company NVJ of Louisville.
NVJ hired Louisville-based architectural firm Design+ to handle the redesign of the restaurant. The company spent an estimated $500,000 on renovations, not including new equipment and furniture, according to a previous Insider Louisville article.
Jon Barker, an architectural designer with Design+, previously described the look as “modernistic Asian,” austere and zen.
Yang Kee Noodle opened its first location in Oxmoor Mall in 2003 and its second store in Middletown Commons just last summer. Its owners are Huckestein, Tom Kohler and chef John Castro.