LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A fresh initiative shining a spotlight on local restaurants is taking off in West Louisville.

Created by the Louisville Independent Business Alliance, West on Wednesdays encourages people to try new places to eat one Wednesday a month.

“When you spend your money on a local independent, more of those dollars circulate locally and it also supports the businesses that are unique to our neighborhoods,” explained Executive Director Jennifer Rubenstein.

The month of June featured Mattie’s Kitchen, which sits inside the St. Stephen Family Life Center.

“Mattie's my grandmother who raised me. She lived to be 91 years old,” said Vickie Smith, who owns the restaurant.

When her grandmother died more than 30 years ago, she dreamed of opening a place of her own. Now the menu represents Mattie’s recipes that were passed down. 

“I know she's proud. I know it. And I miss her,” she said. 

“It's a new way to taste new things and meet new people and get involved,” said Kenzleigh Flore, who was a first timer at Mattie’s Kitchen.

The next West on Wednesday will be at Sweet Peaches on July 24th.

To learn how your business can get involved, click here.