After an eight-year run in the Douglass Loop (2216 Dundee Rd.), Café Lou Lou closed officially today.

Chef and owner Clay Wallace texted a message this morning saying an ongoing disagreement with his landlord triggered his decision to close the restaurant and move on. He declined to comment on specifics.

Clay Wallace, chef and owner of Cafe Lou Lou.
Clay Wallace, chef and owner of Cafe Lou Lou.

“We want to thank our many diners that we have served over the last several years,” Wallace wrote. “The management and staff at Café Lou Lou in the Highlands has thoroughly enjoyed welcoming you into our restaurant and serving you delicious meals with a smiling face.

“Unfortunately we have had an issue with our landlord, not rent related, that has forced us to close the Highlands location. We hope that our many loyal diners from the Highlands will continue to allow us to serve them in our existing location … in St. Matthews, 106 Sears Ave. … We promise the same great food and service.”

Wallace said he’d like to open a second location in the future, but that it’s not a priority at present.

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Steve Coomes is a restaurant veteran turned award-winning food, spirits and travel writer. In his 25-year career, he has edited and written for multiple national trade and consumer publications including Nation's Restaurant News and Southern Living. He is a feature writer for Edible Louisville & The Bluegrass, Whisky Magazine, and The Bourbon Review. The author of two books, "Country Ham: A Southern Tradition of Hogs, Salt & Smoke," and the "Home Distiller's Guide to Spirits," he also serves as a ghostwriter for multiple clients.