We had spies at the Sports and Social Club‘s soft opening last night. The VIP party showcased the new nightclub at 4th Street Live and left us wondering — what did they do with the rest of the money?
If you haven’t been paying attention, this is the Cordish project to renovate Lucky Strike Lanes. Mayor Abramson’s administration infamously awarded nearly a million “downtown redevelopment” dollars to Cordish for it.
Our spy says the biggest change is that the color scheme changed from red to blue. You can still bowl (if you don’t mind paying $5 a game), and there’s plenty of plasma in the house. Watching TV seems to be the main sport. There’s new bars with bright finishes, but some of the old furniture remains, or stuff that looks really similar to Lucky Strike decor.
And at the club’s VIP opening, our friend noticed no VIPs. Not the Mayor, not a Council member, not even a big shot from U of L or Churchill Downs. Maybe they’re coming to the public opening today, though it’s more likely no public official wants to be associated with the project.
Our friend did compliment the mostly blonde wait staff and enjoyed the rock and roll. Didn’t see a menu, but the hors d’oevres being served were typical bar food. Plans for late-night munchies were touted by the Cordish rep in attendance.
We’ve got two questions: It’s pretty obvious that Cordish didn’t spend $850,000 on remodeling, so is there no requirement that it justify its spending? If Lucky Strike couldn’t do enough business to survive, what makes anyone think that a fancy sports bar that’s not a whole lot different will thrive here?
You might as well go down there and check it out, though, since your tax dollars paid for it.