Know Your City–Sept 12, 2022

Here’s a review of this week’s questions:

  1. What 1990s hip-hop group included Louisville native William Hughes, aka “Skinny DeVille”?
  2. What restaurant on Main Street is located in a building from 1869 that once housed barrels of five different distilled spirits?
  3. Ziba’s Bistro, Heart and Hooves and Ferrerabee’s Butchery are all vendors at what downtown Louisville market?

And here are the answers:

  1. Nappy Roots. Formed in 1995 at Western Kentucky University, Nappy Roots were a six-member hip-hop collective that consisted of four Kentuckians, including founding member Skinny DeVille from Louisville. After their first locally produced album was released in 1998, major record labels became intrigued by the group’s distinctive twist on Southern bounce, and they were eventually signed to Atlantic Records. Their 2002 album, “Watermelon, Chicken and Gritz,” broke the Billboard Top 100, and produced three successful singles, one of which, “Po’ Folks,” made it to number 21 on the Hot 100 chart. Often categorized as “Southern Rap” or “Dirty South,” their sound reflects both the urban and rural backgrounds of the members, combined with a distinctive Southern aspect to the lyrics and grooves. The social media platform TikTok has made their song, “Good Day” ubiquitous, due to its use on thousands of TikTok clips.
  2. Doc Crow’s. As most visitors and locals know by now, the facades on the block of businesses in downtown Louisville known as Whiskey Row are historical representations of the city’s most booming business 150 years ago. Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar is one of the most popular and long-standing establishments in the Row’s current iteration. According to its website, “Doc Crow’s pays homage to the father of bourbon, Dr. James C. Crow, who paved the way for Kentucky bourbon to be born. By utilizing corn & local sweet limestone filtered water, Dr. Crow was able to establish a method of creating bourbon that took the nation by storm.” The restaurant includes a magnificent bar area with a large selection of fresh oysters and other seafood specialties. The menu is vast and includes barbecue staples like smoked brisket and baby back ribs, as well as Louisiana-style po-boy sandwiches. Doc’s Bourbon Room is dedicated to celebrating the native spirit, offering one of the area’s largest bourbon selections, which customers can enjoy in expertly curated “Bourbon Flights,” all while receiving education and appreciation for bourbon through its history and cultural significance.
  3. Logan Street Market. In 2019, the old Axton Candy and Tobacco Warehouse at 1001 Logan St. was reborn as Logan Street Market, Louisville’s only public urban market. It was dreamt up by Mike Safai, owner of Safai’s Coffee in the Highlands and one of the entrepreneurs who spent two years bringing the market to fruition. The market has been a huge boost to the Shelby Park neighborhood, whose popularity now rivals the surrounding neighborhoods of Germantown and Schnitzelburg. Over 25 local vendors offer goods at the market, including Boba Fête Milk Tea and Boba Bar, and FOKO’s Latin-infused breakfast and pastry delicacies. There is also a long bar where visitors can drink and dine, as well as a small meeting space that doubles as an art gallery with a different artist featured each month, not to mention a play area for kids on the second level.