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Louisville, KY 40202

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Garage Bar Announces New Executive Chef

Award-winning Hospitality Group Promotes Richard Sible

PRESS RELEASE – 21c Museum Hotels, the award-winning boutique hotel, contemporary art museum and restaurant group, is proud to announce the appointment of Richard Sible as executive chef of Garage Bar, located in downtown Louisville’s NuLu or East Market District.

Sible has been chef de cuisine at Garage Bar since joining the restaurant shortly after it opened in 2011. He succeeds Michael Paley, who is departing this fall to pursue other opportunities.  Paley and Sible will continue to collaborate in the coming months to ensure a smooth and seamless experience for guests and the team.

Sible’s dedication to mastering the custom-built wood-fired pizza oven has helped guide the menu at Garage Bar since day one.  Garage Bar consistently incorporates local farm’s produce into the menu and showcases a rotating selection of regional country hams. The Garage Bar menu will retain signature dishes like Sweet Corn Pie, Brussels Sprout Pie and Fried Turkey Wings. Sible has been an integral part of Garage Bar’s menu development since before the restaurant’s opening. As executive chef, he expects the menu to retain the same spirit that Garage Bar guests have come to know and love, with the gradual introduction of new menu items that draw inspiration from responsibly sourced ingredients.

“Having been a part of the 21c team since helping open Proof on Main, I am honored to have the opportunity to work alongside such a dedicated team and continue to grow and learn as a chef,” Sible says.  “I look forward to continuing to evolve the menu at Garage Bar and working with our incredible group of local farmers, purveyors, producers and our Garage Bar team.”

“We wish Michael Paley well on his next project, and thank him for the significant contributions he’s made to our restaurants,” says Sarah Robbins, Senior Vice President, Operations.  “The 21c family has always been a great incubator for culinary talent. Richard was one of the first members of the kitchen team at Proof on Main in 2006. He has worked alongside Michael for a long time and we are proud to promote him to lead the kitchen at Garage Bar.”

Garage Bar is open daily, with select lunch and brunch hours and special extended summer hours. Garage Bar is located at 700 East Market Street in Louisville, Kentucky.

About Garage Bar
Garage Bar is housed in a former auto service garage in downtown Louisville’s vibrant East Market or NuLu neighborhood. The casual neighborhood spot features pizzas from a wood-fired brick oven, country ham, freshly shucked oysters and a rotating selection of Southern-inspired snacks and specialties, with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. With a nod to the building’s historic roots as a saloon, Garage Bar serves up an eclectic list of draft and bottled craft brews, Kentucky Bourbon, and a small list of wines and seasonal cocktails. Garage Bar is open daily, with select lunch and brunch hours and extended summer hours. The restaurant is located at 700 East Market Street in Louisville, Kentucky.

About 21c Museum Hotels
21c Museum Hotels, the award-winning Louisville, Kentucky-based boutique hotel and restaurant group, was founded by contemporary art collectors and preservationists Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. The couple opened the first 21c Museum Hotel in 2006 along downtown Louisville’s West Main Street, rehabilitating a series of 19th century warehouses. Much more than just a place to spend the night, 21c is an inventive union of genuine hospitality, thoughtful design and culinary creativity — all anchored by a contemporary art museum with thought-provoking exhibitions, interactive site specific art installations and a full roster of cultural programming. 21c currently operates hotels in Louisville, KY; Cincinnati, OH and Bentonville, AR. A hotel is under construction in Durham, NC (opening first quarter of 2015) and Lexington, KY and projects are under development in Oklahoma City, OK, Kansas City, MO and Nashville, TN. The company is equally focused on creating unique, chef-driven restaurants that are as much a part of the community as the hotel. Currently, 21c operates a diverse roster of restaurants including Proof on Main, located in 21c Louisville; Metropole, located in 21c Cincinnati; The Hive, located in 21c Bentonville and Garage Bar in Louisville, KY.

Pizza City

The Chicago Tribune talks Derby dinning hot spots featuring Garage Bar’s eccentric, art-filled ambience as one of their top picks. Apparently the Windy City has a soft spot for our signature thin crust pies.

East Market Can’t be beat

Food & Wine touts East Market Street as a restaurant mecca well worth a trip to Louisville. Garage Bar is hailed as the best pizza place in town namely due to the unique crust (compliments of the wood-fired oven) and signature milled tomato sauce (so good!)

What’s New on Planet Pizza

Food & Wine recently showcased the national artisanal pizza trend, region by region. (Road trip anyone?!) Representing “the South,” Garage Bar and chef Michael Paley were noted as serving Italian-meets-Southern pizzas, illustrated by a photo of one of Garage Bar’s pies.


Southern Lovin’

Bon Appetit highlights Chef Michael Paley’s recipe for wilted greens salad in their Southern Recipe Revival, remarking that “Paley embraces the Southern notion that salad is way more than lettuce with vinaigrette.”


Manly Louisville, Mean Margherita

Garage Bar received a manly mention in GQ as a place to grab a “mean Margherita” in the manliest town in the USA. Ladies, don’t fret, your pizza loving ways are also at home at the Garage!

Louisville named a tasty Southern town

Southern Living dubbed Garage Bar Chef Michael Paley a tastemaker in Louisville’s Bourbon and local-foods renaissance. Garage Bar’s country ham and butternut squash pizza rounded out the “perfect eating day” in Louisville. We agree!


Marty Rosen, the restaurant critic at the Courier-Journal, gave Garage Bar three and a half out four stars! Rosen calls out the sweet corn pizza as “stunning” and describes the rolled oysters as “Plump, ultrafresh  oysters rolled in cracker crumbs and fried until they become sublime, juicy fritters…” Hungry?!

Insider Louisville stops in for a visit

Thanks to Steve Coomes of Insider Louisville for the kind words. Hope to see you in again soon!

Consuming Louisville Shares Our Good News

Michelle Jones shares her first glance into Garage Bar.