Downtown Louisville business owners betting new casino-like venue will pay big | News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — On most days, there’s not a lot of foot traffic in downtown Louisville after 6 p.m. But some local business owners believe the addition of what Churchill Downs calls “Derby City Gaming Downtown” will change the foot traffic and their luck.

That luck hasn’t been on the side of many in the last 18 months. In March, Lisa Rainey, co-owner of The Bayou, opened her new restaurant, bringing a Cajun flare and flavor downtown.

After an exciting grand opening, Rainey said the COVID-19 Delta variant hurt business.

“Even with it being in the middle of a pandemic, things were going pretty good until the rise of the variant,” Rainey said. “Lately, it has been very quiet.”

She has even considered tapping out.

“We were considering just closing down (because) it was so dead,” Rainey said. “It’s like…

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