Historic mystery in St. Matthews appears to be solved

Historic mystery in St. Matthews appears to be solved

Historic mystery in St. Matthews appears to be solved

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by Doug Proffitt

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 8 at 3:00 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It appears the mystery in St. Matthews has been solved. An old sign that said Baker Boy was discovered by construction crews removing the front of the Old Dutch's Tavern on Shelbyville Road. The problem is historians have no record of a Baker Boy store in St. Matthews.

WHAS11 viewer  Fran Feger says her mother-in-law worked at that Baker Boy until 1959. When the owner of Dutch's bought the donut store  to expand, he opened the wall between the two businesses. The sign from the 50's was preserved. Now, a new restaurant is moving into the historic building. The Mellow Mushroom restaurant said they hope to keep it for their place.

Thanks to viewer Millie Farmer of St. Matthews for sending the picture of the sign. Dutch’s Tavern was actually a soft drink establishment during Prohibition. Marvin “Dutch” Stich had  the business and switched it to the Tavern in 1938, according to Anne Rockwell at the Eline Branch library in St.Matthews. The bar recently closed after it was purchased by the Mellow Mushroom restaurant folks.  

Meyer Investments Ltd. has owned the property since 1962. Some of the tenants in the four rental units over the last 50 years have been Bauer's Candies, Graham's car supplies,  a comic book store, a computer repair shop, Mirror Mirror, Dutch's Tavern, and a beauty shop. We look forward to the opening of Mellow Mushroom which is doing the renovation and will occupy the entire property.

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