LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Ambitious plans for one of the city's best known restaurant locations are being debated on Wednesday night.
Those plans for the Bauer's Restaurant historic site on Brownsboro Road include big money investments and viable stores but developers are also proposing to demolish the unique history that has made the location a landmark.
The former Bauer's Restaurant on Brownsboro is in shambles. It was most recently Azalea's and has been closed since 2007 on Brownsboro Road.
It's a designated historical Louisville landmark built in the 1860s. Preservationists want to save but others see no other option but to demolish and rebuild.
A few groups have expressed interest in the site: a development group wants to rebuild the 7,000 square foot site, an unnamed doctors group has expressed interest in the rebuilt structure, an Indianapolis restaurateur wants to move in next door and a neighborhood hardware store has already committed to the site.
Rite Aid planned to build there but pulled out of the project. A recommendation to demolish was made to the board as long as the original look of the old building was maintained when rebuilt.
Preservationists pointed to Whiskey Row and the property that's now Comfy Cow on Franfort Avenue.
But residents of Mockingbird Gardens next door just want a place they can walk to instead of turning their eyes from the current building.