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'This building is old': The Irish Rover receives national recognition, grant

The National Trust for Historic Preservation's program helps support small historic restaurants around the country.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Clifton neighborhood staple is receiving national recognition and getting some money in the process.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express has awarded The Irish Rover a $40,000 grant.

It's part of their program that helps 25 small historic restaurants across the country each year. They launched the program in 2021 to help restaurants with issues related to the pandemic according to the website.

The Irish Rover is in a building that’s 170 years old, and the restaurant has been there since 1993.

Credit: Ian Hardwitt/WHAS-TV
Patrons sit inside The Irish Rover July 8, 2022.

“This building is old. It’s got a lot of history. It’s been here as The Rover for a long time. I think it kinda anchors this part of the street, being so large and with the parking lot. And so we’re very grateful to be able to enhance it,” Co-Owner Siobhan Reidy said.

The grant money can be used for a variety of things, but primarily to improve the exterior of the buildings.

"As anybody who owns an older building knows, upkeep is always constant and ongoing," Reidy said.

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