Phoenix Hill Tavern – A Good Neighbor

Our neighbor, the Phoenix Hill Tavern, has hit the IHNA email box a couple of times over the past week and we wanted to pass along these two bits of information.

Up first, the Annual Chili Cookoff:


The 21st Annual Great Chili Cookoff
@ The Phoenix Hill Tavern

Sunday * October 9th * 1 pm

It’s Chili Time! WAMZ , Miller Lite, Mom’s Music  and The Phoenix Hill Tavern present the 21st Annual Great Chili Cookoff on Sunday, October 9th at 1pm 

Cooks come out of the kitchen and into the competition area to prepare their culinary concoction in hopes of taking home the bragging rights at the end of the day and saying ’my chili’s the best in Louisville!’

Judging is of two distinct categories, restaurant and individual, giving everyone who dares the opportunity to compete.

Celebrity judges representing the local media base their decisions on chili density, zestfulness, aroma, and aftertaste. 

Phairgoers also have a voice in the voting process. Following a complete sampling of the participant’s culinary creation, phairgoers are encouraged to vote in The People’s Choice Contest.

Everyone is invited to participate in the zany chili contests: The Master Hole-Hitting, Jalapeno Pepper-Eating, and Spam-Put (a crowd phavorite).

Throughout the day, phairgoers will be entertained by musical groups on four different stages.  All Outside music will end by 8PM.

The Great Chili Cookoff is a phamily event. Face painting, mural painting, and inflatable bouncing equipment give the kids something to do in The Kids Area.

Phamilies are welcome ‘til 10 pm. The Great Chili Cookoff is a PHREE rain or shine event that promises BIG PHUN for all ages!

 Next up, we learned through a series of emails that there was a little bit of rowdy behavior this past Wednesday. Karen Callahan, Neighborhood Liaison, sent a response on behalf of the owners of Phoenix Hill Tavern. Below is an expert from that email.

On behalf of myself and PHT, I extend my sincere apologies to you and anyone else our guests disturbed last night. Closing time is always our most challenging time, no matter what night of the week it is.

We want everyone to know that we continue to employ 6 working off duty, uniformed LMPD officers in marked cars.  Two of those officers are assigned to what we call “Neighborhood Patrol.” Those officers constantly patrol the neighborhood and side streets close to PHT (Rogers, Payne, Rubel, St. Anthony’s and, of course, E. Broadway and Baxter). They do their best to keep noise and disorderly behavior to a minimum.  This, generally speaking, has been very effective. Unfortunately, they can’t be everywhere at just the right time. The 5th District LMPD has been very visible and very active in our neighborhood in general, and especially on Wednesday nights. We appreciate and applaud their efforts. 

I promise you that I will bring all this to the attention of Club Mgmt. and our set up LMPD officer.  In the coming weeks, we will make an extra special effort to focus on the part of the neighborhood affected last night.

We still have permanent signs posted at all our exits encouraging our guests to respect our neighborhood as they leave. Our DJs still make nightly announcements at the end of every night encouraging our guests to leave quietly, keep their car stereos down, avoid littering etc. DJ’s remind them that we are a neighborhood friendly establishment and that we have nearby neighbors who are sleeping.  We will continue to do that, and we will re-emphasize the importance of theses announcements to all staff members.

As you know, I can be reached by phone during business hours, or you are always welcome to walk over to my office and talk with me in person if you have any additional questions or concerns Chuck.

Thank you, 

Karen Callahan

Neighborhood Liaison

We appreciate PHT’s efforts to keeping the neighborhood as clean and quiet as possible.

Work Continues on Breslin Park

The Irish Hill Neighborhood Association reached out to Metro Parks for an update on the Breslin Park makeover.  They say the is proceeding.  Here are some highlights:

    • East walking path has been paved
    • Sprayground is in progress (waiting on drains)
    • Waiting on LG&E for power
    • Benches anchored
    • Rough grading 80% completed
    • West walking path – rocking and demolishing in that area. Projected completion 2 weeks
    • Parking lot paving completed by week of 10/10

Metro Parks anticipates substantial completion by November 15.

While the sprayground will not be ready for this season, as previously told to IHNA, we have been advised that more trees will be planted than originally planned.  Metro Parks has not said when the trees will be planted, but the trees being selected will be substantial.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available.