Buffalo Trace bourbon plans Frankfort dining, tourism venue

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Buffalo Trace on Tuesday announced plans to add a new tourism and dining destination in front of the existing distillery campus in Frankfort.

According to the announcement, a spot that is now a BP gas station and convenience store in front of the Kentucky distillery on U.S. 421 and Fair Oaks Lane will be will be repurposed.

Buffalo Trace owns the property and the gas station will close in August.

“At Buffalo Trace Distillery we are always looking for ways to engage and inspire our visitors and residents of our local community alike,” said Sara Saunders, Vice President Buffalo Trace Distillery, in a news release. “As we look to the future, we’re committed to honoring the traditions of our 234-year history while also embracing change as we aim to invite even more whiskey lovers into our family. This exciting project does just that, and we are thrilled to be adding another quality dining and tourism destination for both Franklin County residents as well as the 400,000-plus guests from around the world who visit our distillery each year.”

According to the release, the new venue will showcase Kentucky Proud food and beverages. Few details were available and the specific plans are being finalized, according to the bourbon company.

The new tourism and dining destination is expected to open next summer, according to the company.

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The new dining and tourism venue will be where a BP gas station and convenience store are now at on U.S. 421 and Fair Oaks Lane. Provided

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This spot in front of the Buffalo Trace distribution center will become a dining and tourism destination, according to the news release. Provided

This story was originally published July 13, 2022 6:01 AM.

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Janet Patton covers restaurants, bars, food and bourbon for the Herald-Leader. She is an award-winning business reporter who also has covered agriculture, gambling, horses and hemp.
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