"Maybe I was ready for another adventure" -Lucie Slone Meyers, Lexington Herald-Leader, December 8, 2002
The End of an Era
The buildings that have housed a la lucie restaurant and offices have been sold. Sadly, the beloved a la lucie, where so many have shared life's special moments, will close November 30. Chef Lucie says, "It's time to move on."
The Next Adventure
Always ready for a new adventure, Lucie, the grande dame of Lexington's restaurant universe, purchased the corner of North Limestone and Loudon Ave. in December of 2009 with the plan to create a one-of-a-kind dining hot spot in the the quickly changing NoLi district. The location is perfect! Set back away from the street, and built like someone meant for it to be a restaurant and bar. You can almost imagine people sitting outdoors on both ends enjoying the late afternoon sun. The garage doors open conveniently to the west.
"It's absolutely perfect, and sort of reminiscent of the lonely, seedy corner where it all began 30 years ago when I opened a la lucie," she says.
This Kickstarter campaign will fund her a recently mandated underground grease trap (est. $20,000), install a kitchen vent hood (est, $23,000), and do major repairs to the sidewalks on Limestone and Loudon. All are major expenses that weren't a concern in 2009.
That's why your gift of $25 to $10,000 is a huge help.
There’ll be plenty of expenses for plumbing, renovations, electrical, carpentry, and fixtures before a single meal is served, and Lucie can handle it, but the goal is to give her the $43,000 she needs to get the doors open, heat the grill and turn on the Red Light in NoLi. Rest assured, it's going to have of all of Lucie's signature style and charm along with an adventurous menu, and some classic Lucie staples. Fried Chicken, anyone?"
MMMMM Noodle Soup!
The Red Light will transform an empty corner garage into a beautiful and comfortable neighborhood dining and social scene. It will be a welcome meeting place for everyone in the ever changing NoLi neighborhood. Lucie's Red Light will serve food that comes in bowls, on boards and other small plates in an eclectically styled restaurant that features a mermaid-themed bar and plenty of open air dining. Ramen, soba, soups, stews will headline the world influenced food that you'll eat with a spoon, along with meat and cheese boards, burgers, bourbon, and beers, too.
A Slow Cooker
The Red Light project was under way when it was back-burnered in 2010. Simply put, the money ran out. Life happens, as they say, and family members needed a little help. It’s not the first time Lucie has put her own plans on hold to help someone in need. Anyone who knows her can tell you that.
In The Weeds
The sale of her building on the corner of North Limestone and Church St. and the imminent closing of a la lucie on November 30 has breathed new energy and new urgency into the Red Light project, but new EPA regulations for grease disposal have made the costs of realizing her dream almost insurmountable. Lucie is "all-in" with money, blood, sweat, tears and hard work. She has been for years. She’s a seasoned chef and entrepreneur, after all, but there just isn’t enough cash to complete the job. Let's help her turn on Lucie's Red Light.
Risks and challenges
Risk is the definition of the restaurant business. It comes with the territory. Lucie is a seasoned restauranteur. In her career she has opened 5 adventurous and well loved restaurants. Along with all of the inspections, codes, permits, and staffing; time and money are always challenges with any restaurant project. This is even more true with hurried closing of a la lucie. This Kickstarter funding will go a long way to clear the immediate hurdles that currently stand in the way. Lucie already owns the building outright, she has fixtures and some equipment in place. The rest will happen with good old-fashioned know how, and the support of family and close friends. No one has more savvy than Lucie when it comes to doing a lot with only a little.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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