Because Bourbon lovers always need some “refueling” when traveling through Frankfort, Kentucky, Buffalo Trace Distillery tells BourbonBlog.com they plan to introduce an exciting new local tourism and dining destination at the distillery near downtown Frankfort.
While specific plans are still being finalized, the destination will be constructed at the Fair Oaks Lane entrance to the distillery on the site of the existing BP gas station and convenience store, a property Buffalo Trace Distillery currently owns (as pictured below). Operations at the gas station will end in August 2022 with plans to break ground on the new venue to follow shortly thereafter.
The new and yet unnamed destination to celebrate Bourbon whiskey tourism and Kentucky cuisine is expected to open in Summer 2023. Gas station operations will end in August 2022.
It is anticipated that the new destination will inject significant revenue into the local community, paving the way for the creation of new local jobs and serving as a strong tie-in to the downtown Frankfort redevelopment master plan.
“At Buffalo Trace Distillery we are always looking for ways to engage and inspire our visitors and residents of our local community alike,” said Sara Saunders, Vice President of Buffalo Trace Distillery. “As we look to the future, we’re committed to honoring the traditions of our 234-year history while also embracing change as we aim to invite even more whiskey lovers into our family. This exciting project does just that, and we are thrilled to be adding another quality dining and tourism destination for both Franklin County residents as well as the 400,000+ guests from around the world who visit our distillery each year.”
“Our commonwealth’s world-famous bourbon industry is a vital component of our thriving agriculture ecosystem,” said Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles. “We are thrilled to see the historic Buffalo Trace Distillery continue to expand through this exciting project that will showcase Kentucky Proud food and beverages to an even wider audience in the years to come.”
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