Goodfellas Pizzeria pulling out of planned development at Baxter and Broadway

Lexington-based Goodfellas Pizzeria had hoped to build a restaurant and beer garden at the corner of Broadway and Baxter Avenue. | Rendering by Drawing Department Architecture and Design

Goodfellas Pizzeria, the Lexington-based chain, has canceled its plans to build a restaurant and beer garden at the corner of Baxter Avenue and Broadway.

Insider reported last month that the restaurant had submitted plans, but the proposal was still under review.

But on Monday afternoon, Goodfellas abruptly issued an announcement via e-mail that announced it was “time to back out.”

In part, the announcement said: “Unfortunately, this project has been extremely difficult to develop. The approval process has been considerably longer than originally anticipated, which included several approvals needed from various city committees.”

The announcement added that “the landlord was becoming impatient,” wanting payment on the property. The plan included leasing the property, which has an address of 1244 East Broadway, demolishing the former Bader’s Grocery, and redeveloping another existing building to become the two-story, 23,000-square-foot restaurant, bar and entertainment complex.

The complex would have included indoor and outdoor games, multiple bars and a small bowling alley.

Goodfellas said it had been trying to find a location to develop its restaurant for many years, but the planning and reviews process had taken more than a year. Apparently, that was simply too long for that particular location, but the statement suggested the restaurant group isn’t giving up entirely.

“Goodfellas is hopeful for the future, and we will continue the search for our ideal place in The Ville,” the statement said.

The plan was approved in early March by the Bardstown Road/Baxter Avenue Overlay District. A spokesperson for Mayor Greg Fischer’s office said once an alley closure and a few other waivers and variances were approved, the project would have been cleared to head to construction, pending building permits.

Goodfellas Pizzeria operates locations in Lexington, Covington, Ky., Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Bloomington, Ind.

The casual restaurants bill themselves as being “a Slice of New York City,” focusing on New York-style pizza, calzones and subs.