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New Restaurant Moving into Historic Downtown Madisonville Location

MADISONVILLE, KY (6/13/13)—Over the last year, interest in Madisonville’s downtown district has seen a notable upswing. From renovations and expansions, to the addition of several completely new businesses, it seems as though downtown Madisonville is heading in a truly positive direction. In lending even more steam to this commerce-based momentum, a new, family-owned-and-operated restaurant has announced that they will be both renovating and opening up for business in one of the city’s most well-known locations later this year.

Claiming over a 100 years of existence—16 of which were spent as the host to one of Madisonville’s most memorable restaurants, Bartholomew’s—and sporting the expansive “Montpelier” painting and column/stair set on its southernmost side, the historic edifice at 51 South Main Street is a highly recognizable and unique structure that has, unfortunately, remained all but vacant over the past three-and-a-half years.

However, two ambitious area residents, Terry Green and J.P. Wilson, as well as a silent backer, are currently in the process of renovating the location in order to open a dual-level, family-owned-and-operated restaurant and bar tagged under a straightforward, yet catchy, moniker: 51 On Main Bar & Grill.

With a grand opening slated for August 1st, 2013, as well as a soft opening scheduled several days before, the Sugg Street Post got in contact with co-owner and operatorTerry Green to find out the story behind the business, what kind of food and services they plan to provide, what kind of renovations are underway, how many jobs they look to create, and more.

A longtime Paducah resident and a well-seasoned veteran of the food industry, Green, 34, has been employed in several high-level managerial positions with restaurants such as TGI Friday’s, O’Charley’s, and The Oasis Southwest Grill of Madisonville. Yet, for all his experience in the food world, this will be the first time Green has stepped into the role of co-owner—and it’s a transition he remains both excited and humbled by.

“It was really crazy how this all came together. I came back to Madisonville in April and I walked into [property owner] Joe Thomas’s place, which is where we’re moving in, just to look at some antiques he had for sale,” says Green. “Well, Joe found out what I did and I came in there for the next three months to talk with him. Finally, he asked me if I’d ever considered opening up my own restaurant. I told him that I’d thought about it my whole life. But I come from a family that doesn’t have means. It’s not like I come from a well-to-do family, so it’s kind of like a dream to be opening the large-scale restaurant that we’re working on. It’s all been possible because I found a building partner, J.P., and a silent backer who really believed in what we wanted to do. It’s really the American Dream. It just seems like all the cards have fallen into place. I’m so excited that I can’t see straight. [laughs] Things like this just don’t happen every day. I was jumping up and down in my kitchen last night. [laughs]”

So what kind of food and food-related services can the community expect from 51 On Main? As Green explains, the establishment will offer items like hand-cooked steaks, one to two-inch pork chops, a traditional top-notch lunch menu, a variety of drinks, and much more. Additionally, Green says that they hope to utilize a full-scale smoker, which would simultaneously season and cook ribs, fresh fish, and other dinner specials. Services like carry-out, delivery, and on-location services will also be available through the business.

As far as the new restaurant’s aesthetic goes, Green explains that it will essentially be like two different businesses in one location. As both Green and his fellow co-owner, J.P. Wilson, chose the downtown location partly because of its uniquely historic character and architectural design, many of the building’s original features will be displayed and built upon throughout the ground floor. In addition to removing much of the building’s carpeting, which Green says has revealed a stunning layer of decades-old hard pine flooring, the downstairs dining area will play host to a variety of 100-year-old English made tables and a variety of historic photos linked to our local community’s past. Coupling this atmosphere with what he describes as a high-level of hospitality and a variety of aforementioned entrées, Green says that the restaurant’s services will be somewhat akin to one of our region’s most popular food-related destinations: Patti’s 1880 Settlement in Grand Rivers, KY.

Regarding the second-story, mezzanine-style seating area and bar, Green says that the décor will resemble a more modern and hip lounge, replete with comfy seating and a variety of televised entertainment, such as NFL Sunday Ticket games and UFC matches just to name a few. What’s more, Green says customers wishing to simply dine or hangout on the second floor will be able to do so without any issues thanks to a divider between the bar and the general seating/dining area.

Though Green was reluctant to release the company’s total investment in the downtown district, he did explain that it was “very substantial” and that renovations to the building were reaching over $50,000 in total. Furthermore, Green noted that the restaurant and bar will create between 30 and 40 jobs.

And, truly, the concept of improving upon our community—whether it be creating new commerce or providing a fresh source of entertainment—is what lies at the heart of Green’s vision for the business.

“We really want to be active and engaging when it comes to this community, because we want to be a big part of it,” says Green. “We actually want to have some outdoor events too, like live music and fresh-air dining, which is why we’re currently trying to lease the adjacent, outside portions of the building as well. We’re staying open seven days a week and as late as we can, because we want to be open to the public as much as possible, so on nights that we might find it a little slower we might open things up to more of a ‘night life’ feel upstairs. We’re going to have modern furniture up there, so it will have more of a lounge-style feel, and the second floor is huge. Plus, we want to work with the other restaurants and businesses downtown when we can. We want to collaborate with them as much as possible. You know, at the end of the day, we’re just really happy to be doing this. We love Madisonville. My family loves this town and the people are great here. Now, we have the chance to give that back. That’s something that will make you sleep well at night.”

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Want to try some of 51 On Main’s dishes before the grand opening on August 1st? If so, make sure to check them out at Madisonville’s first Friday Night Live event of the season on June 14th in the downtown district.

Interested in employment with 51 On Main? If so, simply pay the location a visit next week and ask about employment options.

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The Green Dragon Tavern: Meeting Place of the Revolution

MADISONVILLE, KY (3/18/13)—Back in 2011, area business owner, minister, and family man, Cliff Nance, 33, sought to connect with the community in a new, uniquely personal way—and he soon latched on to a seemingly novel means of making it happen. While several of his own peers criticized his vision, saying that the idea would never “hold water” in a relatively smaller community like Madisonville, Nance pushed forward with his plan to establish a metropolitan-style gastropub in the heart of the city’s historic downtown district. Furthermore, Nance chose what some would coin as an audacious, yet simultaneously ambitious, name for his new eatery: The Crowded House.

“I’ve been in ministry for about 12 years. I was preaching from the pulpit during most of that time, but I began to feel like God was leading me in a different direction. I felt like he wanted me to be more relational,” says Nance of his initial inspiration for founding the restaurant. “It’s not that preaching isn’t relational, but it is detached in a sense. I’m reading a book right now called, A Meal with Jesus, and if you look at Jesus’ life—especially in the gospel of Luke—food always seems to be involved in some way. Whether he’s performing a miracle around food at someone’s home or bringing food to the masses, it’s present a lot of the time. In fact, on the back of our menus it says, ‘The son of man came eating and drinking.’ Jesus was called a drunkard and a sinner because he hung out with those kinds of people, you know? That’s who he surrounded himself with. So, the meal is something that’s important to me and it’s important in our family’s home. With that in mind, and with a goal of doing something community-oriented, my family and I prayed for an idea. We wanted to meet the needs of the community first. Well, if you polled people, asking them what they would like to see in Madisonville, a ‘cool restaurant’ would probably be in their top three answers, so that’s what we decided to do.”

Concerning the minimally modern, yet artistically-inspired, industrial aesthetic he had in mind—which would soon become a reality—Nance explains that he simply wanted to offer something “cool” and “outside of the box” to regional residents.

“There was this perspective that if you did something here, it had to fit into this certain ‘Madisonville criteria.’ Well, we wanted to break the mold, so to speak. We wanted to do something that someone might not normally do in Madisonville and show everyone that it could be successful,” says Nance.

Opened on October 31st, 2011, at 26 West Center St., it was no time before The Crowded House was living up to its name and Nance’s expectations. In fact, within mere weeks the brick-walled gastropub became a premiere downtown destination for a wide variety of patrons seeking a contemporary atmosphere, hospitable service, and distinctive—yet affordable—sandwiches, salads, soups, brews, and desserts. Additionally, the introduction of the business marked a substantial investment in the city’s historic downtown district, bringing new jobs and added on-foot traffic, which, in turn, brought new commerce to other nearby businesses.

And while the restaurant undoubtedly flourished in reputation throughout the following year-plus, Nance began to notice that more and more of the restaurant’s fans were only coming in for lunch. Though weeks where the numbers of dinner or evening customers were higher brought the biggest returns, Nance says it seemed liked the location had become primarily known as a midday hotspot.

“When we opened The Crowded House up for dinner, we saw a notable increase in profits during good weeks; we’d be in the black when we’d have a lot of people coming for dinner,” says Nance. “The problem was that we became the ‘best lunch place.’ So, when people thought about going to dinner somewhere that was nice, they had two or three other restaurants in town that they thought about. I go to those places, too, and they’re really great places to go, but we weren’t even being considered in the running.”

His solution: serious expansion and rebranding efforts via the addition of an adjoining bar and music venue.

“I said, number one, ‘If we shut down for a while, people will forget us enough to wonder what we were going to do when we reopen.’ So, being shut down for a while allowed us to ‘rebrand’ ourselves and the business,” says Nance. “Now, with the reopening and reinvention of the restaurant, we’re focusing more on dinner. We’re not a steakhouse; we’re a high-end, gourmet gastropub just like before, but now we have a seriously amazing lineup for dinner.”

Coined as the Green Dragon Tavern—a name which was inspired by the original Boston, MA tavern where several of our nation’s forefathers helped to ferment the American Revolution—the fresh, neighboring addition and numerous on-site renovations to the original location have been ongoing since the beginning of the new year. Although recent “soft openings” accessible to Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce members have given several area residents a sneak peek at the roomier eatery, new bar, and expanded menu—images of which have been “leaked” onto social media sites like Facebook—the restaurant will be opening its doors to the public at-large on Tuesday, March 19th, from 10am-10:30pm.

So, what are some of the changes the public can look forward to checking out?

Food-wise, several new dishes, including a variety of certified Angus steaks, baby back ribs, grilled pork “rib-eyes,” chicken, and grilled salmon, as well as appetizers like calamari, “Yukon Gold,” and lettuce wraps, lend themselves to The Crowded House’s original lineup of entrees and desserts.

Aesthetically, the raw, partially unfinished brick walls remain a fixture in the original portion of the restaurant, while lower-sitting, leather-bound booths have replaced the wide high-topped tables; the glass-paned façade of the location has been extended to the sidewalk (making way for a comfortable waiting area); and the open kitchen area—along with doubling in size—has been relocated to very rear of the site. In turn, the seating capacity has risen to an estimated 80 people within the pre-established side of the restaurant. Additionally, artwork created by acclaimed local artist, Barbie Hunt, will adorn portions the original location’s walls.

As the Green Dragon Tavern is a completely new area of the gastropub, both return customers and those new to the locale will be pleased to note a bar area that is fully-stocked with high-end brews, wines, and spirits. What’s more, the approximately 50-person pub-style area is host to a raised stage for live music, both booths and tables, a premium sound system, roadside scenery windows, and an architecturally unique recessed ceiling, as well as an eye-catching paint scheme. Those who enjoy the history-inspired tag of the new addition should also make sure to check out the fitting quotation painted above the tavern’s bar area: “The Meeting Place of the Revolution…”

In keeping with the new stage area and bar, Nance says that regional acts will be performing at The Green Dragon on Friday and Saturday nights. Keeping it open to up-and-coming artists, Nance also notes that a public “open mic night” will be held in the tavern area at least once a month.

“I think music is definitely important if you’re looking at the community aspect of things,” says Nance, who is himself a longtime drummer and guitarist. “I think that it’s important for a community to reach out to all aspects of their local culture. Historically, things that are easy and convenient are things that are catered to locally, and, as a result, you’ve got places like Wal-Mart making it. I’m headstrong enough, and I’ve put enough capital into what I have here, that people who are into the music scene will come and it will be successful. I feel the same way about art and the potential for a full-on arts district downtown, too.”

But beyond reinventing the business and expanding upon the visual appeal, as well as the menu and the drink selection, seating capacity, and live music capabilities, Nance’s recent overhaul of the business has created over 20 new jobs and weighs in at a total downtown investment of approximately $500,000 overall.

And, in the opinion of this editor, what Nance is doing for our community, and how he’s doing it, is a real revolution: bringing new life to historic downtown Madisonville in a bold, but mutually beneficial way.

So, if you’re looking to grab some great dinner or lunch in a modern, yet affordable and hospitable setting, check out The Crowded House/Green Dragon Tavern in downtown Madisonville, KY on, or any day after, their grand reopening on March 19th (26 West Center St.).

To learn more about The Crowded House/Green Dragon Tavern, take a moment to visit their official Facebook page by clicking here.

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Written by Luke Short
Photos by Jeff Harp

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Developing Your Small Business in the Modern Marketplace

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HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (3/5/13)—Running a small business in the modern, technology-bound age is no easy task; but then again, it really is. Sound confusing? Well, truth be told, a new-age, multi-edged business sword has encroached upon that dated, two-sided blade, and those who choose to wield it are faced with two approaches: let the different sides become overwhelming and alien, or simply realize that the added edges allow your blade to easily cut into all sides of the vast, contemporary market. To put it plainly, there are a multitude of user-friendly venues available to business owners today, many of which are completely or nearly free. In fact, all it takes to really get your name out there in a relatively big way is some creativity, a unique product people want or enjoy, and some new-age know-how. From social media like Facebook and Twitter, to online reviews, smartphone apps, and QR codes, the options business owners now have at their disposal is seemingly limitless. And while the thought of carrying your business into this ever-growing, electronic marketplace can be startling—especially to those who are new to the concept—it’s really quite easy once you look at some of your options.

Of course, we at the Sugg Street Post are keen to a number of the online tools that are available, yet we don’t claim to know everything—and few newly established small business owners do. Fortunately, members of the Sugg Street Post were able to pick up some valuable tips from experienced business advisor and consultant, Marc Willson, during his recent visit to Hopkins County.

A seasoned retailer and restaurateur who re-established The Willson Company in 2010 to serve as a business advisor to small towns and merchants, Marc Willson has served a variety of national retailers in many capacities. In addition, his know-how and experience also led to his employment as a multi-state STAMP (Small Town & Merchant program) representative for Virginia’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

From his work with bicycles, Earth Shoes, and Circuit City early on, to his co-development of Virginia’s StoreTracks.com, his management and marketing of eCampus.com in Lexington, KY, and beyond, Marc has played a vital role in a multitude of successful online and brick and mortar retailing situations.

So, what are Marc’s secrets, and what has he learned after all these years?

After over four decades of experience, Marc’s central battle cry for small businesses is, “Get found and be open,” and he says there are five central elements and/or tools that entrepreneurs need to embrace to make this happen in the modern world:

1.) You must have a website.
2.) Your business must have a Facebook page.
3.) Your business website has to be mobile enabled.
4.) You have to be aware of and involved with review sites (i.e. Yelp, Google, Trip Advisor, etc.).
5.) You should create and utilize smartphone QR codes.

In correlating the connectivity of QR codes, maintaining a home website, and a business Facebook page, Marc notes that, “Business owners need to place a QR code on the window of their business that can direct potential customers to the business’s home website. According to statistics, 70 percent of the money spent in America is spent after five o’clock and on the weekends, and if businesses in small towns are closing up at five o’clock and on the weekends, they’re missing out on this action. The QR code gives them another chance to garner interest through their website or to make an online sale. Business owners should also have a QR code that takes customers to their Facebook page on the counter inside their location…because customers are more apt to like your page on the spot than they are to remember to do it when they get home.”

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With these easily accessible and free electronic tools at nearly everyone’s disposal today, Marc believes that all retailers and entrepreneurs should take stock in the power and usefulness of smartphones as well.

“Smartphones are the wallet of the future,” says Marc. “Businesses are found with these devices and they will be paid with these devices, and this relates back to my battle cry for small businesses today: ‘Get found and be open.’ Businesses have to have a website. Google is a verb today. If someone types in Madisonville, KY on Trip Advisor, it will tell you where to eat, where to stay, and what to do based on reviews, and if you’re not on there, you’re missing the boat. That’s how people that are visiting a new town find out what there is to do.”

Marc explains that there’s another element currently at play in the modern market, too: a change in people’s buying habits due to unmistakable downswings in the economy. As a result, there are several new breeds of customers out there.

As he notes, there was a recent Harvard Business School study done on the results of a recession, and it basically showed that consumers will fall into three categories, which are as follows per Marc:

1.) Paying But Patient—This is most of America. A consumer in this category has “slammed on the brakes” financially speaking, because they’ve lost income and are trying to support a household. As a whole, we know we’re going to get out of this recession, but, in the meantime, we’re a lot more careful when it comes to spending money.
2.) The Comfortably Well-Off—The top five percent of this nation is as rich as it’s ever been. The stock market is over 14,000 points again. So, some economists will tell you that we’re going to end up like the rest of the world: there are haves and have-nots. The rich are rich. If you can get ahold of the rich in your store—if you can tap that market—they will spend.
3.) Live For Today—These are people that are making money, possibly from dual incomes, and they usually don’t have kids. They aren’t saving yet, and they don’t care about retirement yet either. The people in this group tend to spend the money that they make.

From these recessionary consumer groups, each has a focus on different spending habits, which can include the purchase of essentials (water, food, shelter, etc.), justifiable indulgences or treats (gifts, restaurants, etc.), “postponables” (new tires, gas stove instead of electric, etc.), and expendables (things that have no real purpose).

While Marc explains that many avoid the realm of “expendables” in this day and age, he also believes that many still take the time to treat themselves with nice food, pricier clothing, and other relatively extravagant “necessities” every now and then.

“The good news is that we still reward ourselves for a job well done,” says Marc. “We’re born and bred to buy. From your first breath up into older age, spending is ‘good’ and it makes you ‘feel good.’ As a matter of fact, Americans are beginning to move out of the ‘new normal’ into the ‘new abnormal,’ which is basically like saying, ‘We’re tired of saving money; we’re tired of tightening our belts. We want to spend money again,’ and that will happen even more as the economy continues to improve. Interestingly enough, 75 percent of the gross domestic product in the United States is a result of consumers spending their money. It’s all based on consumer spending, so if people don’t get back out there spending money again, this economy won’t correct itself.”

For all these suggestions and tools at the modern business owner’s fingertips, though, Marc says it’s ultimately all about margin rather than actual revenue.

“These small businesses need to know where they are making their money,” explains Marc, “because 80 percent of retailers move their volume from 20 percent of their inventory. With that in mind, these small business owners need to ask themselves, ‘What is that 20 percent? How do I get more of it? How do I get rid of the 80 percent? And more importantly, how do I sell more of what’s really making me money?’ At the end of the day, a small business is all about cash flow. You’ve got to make hay while the sun is shining and you’ve got to sell the products and services that are making you money.”

In trying to get a better grip on these ideas and tips, with especial regards to a better business plan and cash flow, Marc encourages business owners to get in contact with their local Small Business Development Centers. For business owners based in Kentucky that are interested in learning more about the organization, click here to visit the official Kentucky SBDC website.

If you would like to know more about the SBDC’s Small Town and Merchant Program (STAMP), please take a moment to watch the informative video attached below this article or visit the link above.

If you're interested in taking your small business to a whole new level, please contact the Sugg Street Post via Facebook or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . In addition to website creation (which comes mobile ready), we also offer professional graphic design, professional photography, and professional writing services. What's more, we want local businesses to succeed without having to break the proverbial bank in doing so. With that in mind, don't be surprised if we can offer you some of the most affordable rates in the region. 

To learn more about The Willson Company and Marc Willson, visit their official website by clicking here.

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American Exceptionalism—An Inside Look at Mayor David Jackson

 

MADISONVILLE, KY (2/7/13)—I met David Jackson before he was the mayor of Madisonville. It was a little over two years ago. At the time, and up until recently, I interacted with David as more of a “traditional” news reporter. However, in retrospect—and regardless of how silly it might sound to some reading this—I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to witness and recount several notable events in his life. In essence, I was recording a part of what will become our city’s history, as well as a prominent portion of a man’s life.

I wrote a “candidate profile” about David that focused on his political stances soon after he announced that he would be running against former mayor, Will Cox; I attended and covered several speeches that he gave while campaigning; I photographed and reported on his official swearing-in ceremony at Living Waters Church several months after he won the race; I analyzed his creation of several community-based subcommittees; I hounded him about changes to city policies and ordinances; I hassled him about funding and budget changes; I spoke with him about city events and community projects like Friday Night Live and 4th Fest; I attended City Hall committee meetings and heard him speak; I heard him advocate new economic developments and investments; I was there when he first announced the city’s plans to construct a Veterans Memorial; and I can’t count the times that people asked me what he had planned for the city. And that’s just scratching the surface, believe it or not. Yet, for all the time I spent recording David’s words, thoughts, and decisions, I never really got to know who he was and what his life had been like.

Of course, I knew some basics about his past and present situation, but most of what I learned was filtered through a certain personal distance between us—a direct result of my hunt for the proverbial “scoop,” no doubt. I can say this, though: David always came across like a happy, personable, and thankful person each I talked to him.

But I wanted to know why; I wanted to find out what made David tick. What made him who he is today? And then I wanted to share what I found with the community. Thankfully, I now have the freedom to do that as a writer, and that’s exactly what this piece is all about.

How did this all come about, you ask? Myself, fellow writer, Jessica Dockrey, and photographer, Jeff Harp, got the opportunity to sit down and talk with David in his office last week. While I was expecting to learn a lot about where he came from, his goals, and what his passions are during our interview, I never figured I would live to see a Madisonville Mayor—much less an accomplished accountant and longtime pastor—pull out a guitar, tune it up using an iPhone app, and jam an original song from behind his executive desk. And if that weren’t enough to make an impression, when we were just beginning to leave after an hour-or-so of talking, Dave proceeded to hand me his 60th anniversary, US-made Fender Stratocaster. He wanted to lend it to me. Was this a dream? Nope. I was just finally getting to know who David—the human being—was.

Beyond his love for music, family, and God, though, we also touched on some key city issues during the conversation. He spoke about the city’s relationship with China, his vision for the future of downtown Madisonville, his take on the former Hopkins County Library buildings, his Reagan-inspired approach to the community we live in, and much more—and it was all told through his own eyes.

So who is David? Though I don’t claim to know everything about the guy, the insightful interview we have transcribed below is well worth reading. Plus, I think it’s safe to say that each member of the Sugg Street Post left the interview thinking of David as a real friend.

Want to know a little about who Dave is? Read on. You might just be surprised.

Luke Short: Where are you and your family from originally? Do you know much about your family’s genealogy?

David Jackson: Honestly, I don’t really know much about my family’s history. My grandparents all passed away when I was young. My dad [Kenneth Jackson] was the youngest of 16 kids, so his parents were older, and they were deceased by the time I was born. My mom’s dad had passed away by that point, too. Then my grandmother passed away when I was about five or six-years-old. So, I grew up not really having grandparents, which is kind of interesting; it was a unique way to grow up. But when I married my wife [Leigh Ann Jackson], and both of her grandparents were alive, I got to experience what it was like to have grandparents. That has been a neat experience for me. My mom and dad, Kenneth and Esther Jackson, were originally from Connersville, Indiana. My dad passed away in 2009, but my mom still lives in Sebree, KY. That’s why I say Louisville like ‘Loo-ee-vile’ instead of ‘Loo-uh-vull.’ I say a lot of things differently, because my parents lived in Indiana for most of their lives, so they both spoke like Hoosiers. I actually noticed it again when I was at the annual [Madisonville-Hopkins County] Chamber of Commerce luncheon this year, and I was giving my speech and said ‘Loo-ee-ville.’ Everyone there kind of looked at me funny, so I said, ‘I mean Loo-uh-vull. It’s right beside Loo-ee-ville’ [laughs]. It was kind of funny, because growing up around people in Kentucky I sounded like a Hoosier, but when I’d visit my family in Indiana they’d call me a ‘Briar,’ and tell me that I sounded like a Kentuckian. The way I talked just never fit in; it was like I was in limbo [laughs].

LS: For those who don’t know anything about your background, could you give me a quick overview of your life and how it has led you to where you are today?

David: I was born in Henderson, KY at the Community Methodist Hospital, but I grew up in Sebree. I went to high school here in Madisonville at Life Christian Academy out on Princeton Pike. From there, I went to the University of Kentucky and graduated in three years with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. I worked really hard while I was there. I wanted to get on with my life. Then, I ended up working for Ford Motor Credit right out of college. I would audit dealerships, and one of the dealerships I would audit was Parkway Ford here in Madisonville. At the time, a guy named Danny Renshaw owned the place and he hired me away from Ford. I worked for him for about eight years. Through that, I discovered that I really enjoyed accounting, and I got involved in that aspect of their dealerships. I would travel around to their different dealerships with the vice president of accounting. As a result, I decided to go get enough accounting credits at Murray State University to take the CPA [certified public accountant] exam. Well, I passed the exam and became a CPA. Once I became certified in 1998, I went into public accounting and I’ve been involved with that ever since then. It’s been a very good career for me. Today, I have my own firm. I’ve had my own firm since 2004, and it’s nice. I love the relationship I have with my clients. I feel like it keeps me rooted, or grounded, in both the livelihood of individuals and the business community. Sometimes, I think people get into government and get into this vacuum, and they think, ‘It’s just another tax; it’s not that much,’ but, until you’re out there dealing with people—particularly with their taxes and financial situations—you really don’t see how taxes can affect families. Keeping that in mind, myself, and everyone I work with, have tried to do anything we can to make government more efficient. That’s kind of a quick overview of my life.

LS: Tell me a little bit about your children, Chloe and Jordan, and the story behind how you came together as a family.

David: Leigh Ann and I adopted two children from Guatemala: Jordan, who is 17-years-old, and Chloe, who is 11-years-old. We were able to get both of them when they were eight-months-old, and it was an experience in itself just being in Guatemala. When we adopted Jordan, we were told that we’d be there for ten days, but we got down there and the paperwork wasn’t in order—and the wheels of the government grind really slowly in Central America—so we ended up being there for 30 days. We lived in a Marriott [Hotel] for thirty days, which was fun in its own way, but it was also expensive. Leigh Ann is a diabetic, and she actually got very ill while we were there, so she had to fly home and go directly into the hospital. So, here I was, dealing with my first baby all alone; I’m the only one. I’m ‘Mister Mom’ down in Guatemala for about a week. I actually got a PhD in changing diapers during that period of time [laughs]. It was amazing. We made some really good friends while we were there, I spoke at a few churches down there, and we got to meet the family members of some coffee exporters who have since sent their kids up here to live with us for three or four months at a time so they can learn English. Being that they are successful exporters, their family is very wealthy, and the kids’ dad had been to London through their business to learn English. Well, like I said, he sent his children to Kentucky to learn English. So, when I was talking with him, I explained that those are two totally different languages. Now they know all about pie and biscuits and gravy down in Guatemala [laughs].

Jessica Dockrey: How did you come to the decision that adoption was the way you wanted to go?

David: We really kind of worked it backwards. Most of the time you start with an adoption agency, they work with a country, and they eventually locate a child. Well, the pastor my wife’s family knew in Muhlenberg County, told her family about a missionary in Guatemala who had found out about a young woman who was about to have a baby and planned on giving it up. From there, we found an adoption agency and told them that we had everything set up and kind of laid out, so they worked it from there. It was really kind of neat how it all came together. Today, we still stay in touch with Jordan’s foster family. They are a really wonderful, working-class Christian family down there. They are awesome people. As a matter of fact, they just had a grandson and I got to see photos of him on Facebook yesterday. So it’s really a pretty neat scenario; we kind of have this whole group of people that we’ve created a deep relationship with. They’ve really become a piece of the fabric of our life in a short period of time.

LS: Was there a similar story with your daughter, Chloe?

David: No, getting Chloe took five days [laughs]. We were in and out. It was really great. We actually spent a couple extra days there just because we wanted to visit with everyone. All her paperwork was in order, and that was a result of what we’d learned before—get your paperwork together before you go to Central America. So it was all laid out really well and the adoption agency did a great job. We didn’t get stuck like we did before, which is kind of a scary situation to be in. With Jordan, they told us that we could go back to the US and come back to get him later, but we decided to tough it out. We had already laid our hands on him, so we weren’t going to let go. It was well worth it; it was a great life experience.

LS: Was there anything about Guatemala that really stood out to you?

David: If I could have brought home a plane-load of kids home, I would have. Just seeing the poverty there was striking. You would see children that were eight or nine-years-old on the streets shining shoes for a living. A lot of them didn’t have rags, and their little hands would be jet black from putting polish on them. It was really sad in that sense, but Guatemala is a beautiful country. We’ve gone back to maintain our relationships with our friends, so we’ve been able to see several different parts of the country. Lake Atitlan is an amazing place. It’s a lake that was formed by volcanoes that are situated all around it, some of which are still active. It was almost prehistoric just seeing the mist over the lake and smoke rising out of the volcanoes in the morning time. Interestingly, while Jordan and I were stuck in the hotel the first time we were there, the current Miss Universe came through and we got to meet her, so that was an interesting experience [laughs]. Like I said, it’s all been very life-changing, and I’m so proud of our kids. I thank God for them every day.

LS: What are some of the things Jordan and Chloe like to do?

David: Jordan likes video games, of course. Chloe never has gravitated toward those too much, though. Jordan just started working at the Sonic [Drive-In restaurant] on North Main Street now. I’m really proud of him. He works a couple days a week there. Chloe is one of those girls that love to dress up, but she loves to be out, playing in the dirt, too.

LS: What were some of the things you were into as a kid?

David: I was into a lot. Our family wasn’t very wealthy, so we had to work hard for everything we had. I sold a lot of stuff; I was just into selling things as a kid. I sold newspapers, seeds, greeting cards—just anything I could do to make a little extra money. I also liked to enter contests where you’d have to write a speech or some kind of paper. So, I did that, and I was actually pretty successful. I actually won a trip to Washington, DC when I was a sophomore in high school for writing a paper. It worked out pretty well, but it was always a matter of being creative. If you wanted something, you had to work for it, and you might have to come up with a creative way of making it happen. I think that was good. Most of the time, we want our kids to have it better than the way we had it, but, at the same time, some of those experiences make you stronger and more adaptable to situations that you’ll run into during life.

LS: I know you play a little bit of guitar from time to time, too. Did that start when you were young?

David: I actually started playing guitar when I was 12-years-old. My mom and dad bought a guitar for me, and that’s been a part of my life ever since. I’ve written some songs—nothing that was ever published anywhere—but I keep a guitar here in my office [at City Hall]. I’ve had people come in and play, too. [Local country performer] Ray Ligon came in and brought his guitar one time, and I’ve had a couple others come by with guitars so that we could have had a little jam session. I wrote a song that I sang and me and my wife’s wedding. I’ve worked on this other song forever, which I’ll play for you here in a second. It’s called, “God Bless the Children.” I’ve never written a second verse, though. [Dave walks to a bookshelf in his office, grabs a colorful Esteban brand guitar from a soft case, and begins to tune it behind his desk using a smartphone app. He mentions that he also has a collectible, US-made Fender Stratocaster in the office as well] Playing guitar is something I wanted to get into on my own. We lived out in the country in Sebree, so I would take my guitar outside and play for hours, just writing songs. It really became a part of my life, and I still play at my church, Living Waters, where I’m a pastor. I’ve been there for about 13 years now. Ok, this is the song here [Dave begins to play and sing his heartfelt song, “God Bless the Children,” much to our delight. Applause ensues].

LS: Wow, you’re a great singer and player. You’ve actually played at a couple city-sponsored events, too, haven’t you?

David: I played at [Madisonville’s monthly summer festival] Friday Night Live. They couldn’t find anybody else, and I love to do it, so I was happy to help out. I usually perform Christian rock or praise and worship music with a few friends. But again, I love to play and it’s a big part of my life. I usually play a Takamine, which is a little more of a higher-quality, studio-type guitar. Garth Brooks always played Takamines, so that’s part of the reason I got it. I guess it’s as old as Living Waters now. I got it when we opened up and it’s been a great guitar.

LS: Is the Takamine the oldest guitar you have?

David: No, I actually still own my very first guitar. It’s an Epiphone. You just don’t get rid of these things; they’re you’re friends. I’ll lend them out sometimes, and sometimes they come back and sometimes they don’t. I have a Fender acoustic that was like that. I lent it out to my second cousin’s son, and he actually plays now; lending him the guitar actually got him involved. I’ve tried to get my kids involved, but they just haven’t taken to the guitar yet.

LS: When you were 12, was there something specific that made you want to play?

David: We went to church here in Madisonville at Life Temple on Park Avenue, and it was a church that was really involved in music. There was a southern gospel group from Madisonville called The Happy Goodman Family, and they were a nationally touring gospel music band. Mixing that with the church’s involvement with music, I just naturally gravitated toward it—toward playing guitar and music in general. Playing guitar is just a great outlet. Every once in a while, I’ll drag people in here and say, “Let’s sing! Let’s jam!” It really breaks down a lot of barriers, too.

LS: Have you always sang and played simultaneously?

David: I’ve always done both. I don’t do either one very well, but I’ve always really enjoyed it.

LS: Who taught you how to play?

David: A guy that played guitar at our church taught me how to play. He would write out the chords to a song, and as soon as I learned that song, he would give me another song. The way he did it was really good; he figured out how to motivate me. He didn’t just give me a whole bunch of songs and say, “Here, work on these.” He said, “Here’s a song. If you come back and play this for me, I’ll give you another one.” That’s really how I learned.

LS: What kind of music is your favorite? Who do you listen to the most?

David: I kind of have an eclectic taste in music; I like all kinds. If I had to pick out the kind of music I like the most, I’d say jazz. My absolute favorite jazz performer is Diana Krall, hands down. She’s a Canadian artist, and she and Tony Bennett did a “Two For the Road” tour a few years ago that was great. She’s awesome; she’s a piano player. She’s just amazing, and she has an amazing voice. She’s married to Elvis Costello—you may know him. If you ever get a chance to go see her or listen to her music, you’ll see why she’s so great. Then, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra are my other favorites, so that’s the kind of jazz I like. I like some of the newer artists, too, like Michael Bublé. I listen to a lot of contemporary Christian music as well.

LS: Other than playing music and writing for contests, was there anything else you liked as a kid? Any sports?

David: When I was in elementary school, I played basketball. I know it’s hard for you to believe, but I did [laughs, pointing out his height]. I was number “3” on the team, and the “3” would go down into my shorts—it was back when we tucked our jerseys in—so I looked like I was a backwards “C” [laughs]. It was like that was my number. I was one of those guys that got put in the game when were like 50 points ahead and there was a minute left in the game. They were like, “Get in there, Dave. This is your moment!” I was the only kid that gained weight during little league [laughs]. I’d sit there and eat at the concession stand; I basically had a frequent flyer card with the concession stand, so they loved me. I supported little league in that way [laughs]. Needless to say, I never was a great athlete.

LS: Is there anything athletic that you do today?

David: I went through a period of time where I’d swim a mile every day down at the YMCA, and I loved the folks there. I also ride bikes a lot. I have a road bike. I ride it and train on it quite a bit. It’s one of the only exercises that I’ve been able to stay with, because I can do it indoors and at odd hours. I do have a mountain bike, but I’ve never tried going off-road too much. I’d like to try sometime. They say the trails out at Grapevine Lake are pretty awesome. The Pennyrile Area Cyclists group was instrumental in fixing the lake trails up, and I do ride with them. They’re a great group. I used to run a little, but now, at 46, I jog. There’s more I’d like to do, too.

LS: Tell me about how you met your wife, Leigh Ann?

David: We met at church. I was away at the University of Kentucky—it was my freshman year—and my dad of all people calls, and he says, “There’s this brown-eyed girl that just started coming to church. You’ve got to come and meet her.” So, of course, I came home that weekend and met her [laughs], and we’ve been together ever since. We’ve been together now for 26 years. It’s been, and still is, a good marriage. She’s my partner in everything I do. She works with me at the [David W. Jackson] CPA firm and I feel like she does a great job as the First Lady of Madisonville. She helps at the church, too; she’s very involved in the ministry. She’s truly been my partner in everything that we’ve done through life.

LS: At what point did you decide to go into politics? And why?

David: I’ve always been kind of interested in doing something like this and it probably goes back to writing speeches as a child. Some of them were at the level of policy and things like that. Then, the trip I mentioned earlier—the trip to Washington, DC that I won when I was in high school and wrote a paper for the Henderson Union Rural Electric Cooperative—probably had something to do with it. They had a contest where you had to write an essay entitled, “Our Power is Our People.” It was kind of neat for me, because I had written a lot of patriotic pieces before, so it was kind of a synthesis of a lot of things. I won the trip and the first thing we did was meet the governor and lieutenant governor. We actually went and ate lunch at the lieutenant governor’s house. We got to meet our state senators and our state representatives. For a kid in high school, that was a pretty big deal. Then, I got selected out of that group to go and represent Kentucky in Washington, DC. The trip was just full of great experiences. One of the coolest experiences was when we got to tour the White House. While we were there, these guys came in and said, “Hey we’ve got a really special, but unplanned, treat for you. If you will gather on the South Lawn of the White House, the president will be landing in just a few minutes in his helicopter and he’ll great you as he’s going by.” It was President [Ronald] Reagan. It was really neat, because we watched as the helicopter came into view and everything. The secret service said, “From the moment the helicopter comes into view until the moment he’s inside the White House, don’t be silly; don’t make any sudden movements.” As the helicopter came in, and the wind was beating the secret service men’s’ jackets, you could see an Uzi [firearm] under each of their arms. Needless to say, everyone stood really still; we didn’t even breathe I don’t think [laughs]. That was great, and I actually got to meet some of the president’s cabinet. It was just a different era back then in DC. They basically turned us loose in the senate office and the congressional office buildings, and we got autographs and other things like that. I just happened to run into [US Secretary of Transportation] Drew Lewis and some other members of President Reagan’s cabinet, and I just stood there and visited with them. They talked with us. That really piqued my interest. You know, these guys ran the country, but they were willing to talk to a high school student from Kentucky that wrote an essay. That kind of got me going, and I’ve always loved President Reagan. He’s obviously my political hero. I kind of idolize him and I’ve studied a lot about his life.

LS: What are some of the reasons that you like President Reagan, and how do you relate his political philosophies to Madisonville?

David: The thing that I like the most about President Reagan was that he always talked about America as “the shining city on a hill,” which falls under the term of “American Exceptionalism.” As a country, we’d gone through a pretty tough recession at the end of the ‘70s—and he came in during 1980—and we’d gone through the Iran “hostage crisis,” so a lot of people thought that America was past its prime at that point in time. But President Reagan came in and said, “We’re still the shining city on the hill that the rest of the world looks to. We have to provide leadership,” and there’s kind of a correlation with that and Madisonville. Madisonville is an exceptional community. Even the slogan says, “We’re the Best Town on Earth.” We don’t say we’re an “average town,” we say we’re the “best town on Earth.” That shows that same concept of exceptionalism, and I really believe that’s propelled Madisonville forward—not just since I’ve been Mayor, but through all the preceding administrations. We think we can be the best, so we strive toward that. That’s the way I look at Madisonville and what we can be. Amazingly, since I’ve had the opportunity to be the Mayor, we’ve had a lot of regional cities that we’ve reached out to and helped. We had the Mayor of Paducah [Gayle Kaler] and their city commissioners visit Madisonville a week ago to look at our iRecycle program to see how they could get that started in Paducah. We got to present information on the iRecycle program and Madisonville’s GoMadisonville [customer service project] at one of Governor Steve Beshear’s “local issues” conferences last year. So, here’s Madisonville, this relatively small town of about 19,000 people—we’re about the 20th largest city in the state of Kentucky—showing innovation and leading the way on some issues. I think if you consider your community or your country as being exceptional, then you do things to try and realize that dream. I think that has really helped Madisonville. What you guys are doing [with the SuggStreetPost.com] is exceptional, too. To have a news project that kind of goes against the grain is great. Most news is bad news; most news is based around sensationalism; most news organizations try to sell papers by running people down; most news organizations try to sell you costly advertising; but what you guys are doing with the Sugg Street Post is uplifting. That’s pretty neat, and, like I said, it’s exceptional. That’s how I want to view the world. I want to do everything I can to continue that legacy of being the “Best Town on Earth” in Madisonville, of being exceptional.

LS: That relates back to a question I was going to ask you actually. What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind as the Mayor?

David: The thing I’m absolutely the proudest of that I’ve gotten to be a part of as Mayor is the Veterans Memorial [on North Center Street]. When I came into office, I felt like that was something I wanted to accomplish. As you know, we have a very patriotic community, and the community has shown their support for it by donating about 200,000 dollars. Actually, when you throw in the “in-kind” donations, we’ve raised in excess of that amount. It looks great and it’s a point of pride. I was coming into the office on Thanksgiving Day to pick something up and, as I was driving by the memorial, I noticed an elderly gentleman with a walker, and walking right beside him was either a grandson or a great-grandson. I didn’t have a camera with me, but I wish I had. I just thought, “That is why we built this thing,” to transfer that understanding from one generation to another that freedom isn’t free, that the freedoms we enjoy are possible because someone, somewhere, paid the price—or are paying the price—for them, and that we really owe our veterans a huge debt of gratitude. That’s something I’m really happy to have been a part of, and I hope that it is, in some way, a legacy for our administration. Also, some of the day-to-day things we do, such as GoMadisonville.com, help in reaching out to our citizens as customers instead of just taxpayers. We are trying to show that we recognize our obligation to them, and that we are accountable.

LS: Though this is your first of possibly two terms, do you have any plans in mind for your post-Mayor years?

David: No, not at this point in time. I’m planning on running again at the end of this term and I’m having a great time. I love being involved. Even when it’s difficult, through tough decisions and hard times, simply getting to be a part of those tough decisions is a great honor and opportunity. I’m pretty happy. We cut the budget when I first came in by working closely with the Madisonville City Council, which is a great group of people. I love all of them. We were able to cut the city’s budget by about 4 million dollars that first year; we cut about 700,000 dollars out of the general fund. Now, two years later, we’ve paid down 4 million dollars in debt and, as a result, we were able to purchase a lot of new equipment last year. We got some heavy equipment, like the new trucks with snow plows and some other stuff like that, and we just wrote checks for it. We didn’t, and still don’t, have to go out and borrow money for purchases like that. The City of Madisonville is in really, really good condition financially. We have about 80 days of cash on-hand in the general fund, as well as a few million dollars in other funds. So, we really are in good shape. And, again, that shows that exceptionalism I was talking about. When a lot of cities are facing economic trials and difficulties, we are blessed to be where we are, and it’s because of the community we have. Everyone works hard and that supports the services of the city.

LS: I’m sure your background in accounting has figured into that scenario, too.

David: It has. It’s given me a certain comfort level with working on the budgeting process. I didn’t want to do a budget adjustment where you just add or take two percent from last year. We do what’s known as “zero base” budgeting where we have to go through and justify every single line. It takes a lot longer and it’s a lot more grueling, but the end product is good because sometimes you have to increase the lines in some parts of the budget, but, overall, you hope to continue in putting downward pressure to decrease the burden put on taxpayers. So far, we’ve been pretty fortunate to do that. Plus, we keep getting great job announcements for our community, which adds to those tax rolls in the right way—not by increasing taxes, but by increasing jobs and opportunity. With that, I think we will see even brighter days ahead. There are some other great things we’re working on, too.

LS: One of those things is our city’s ongoing relationship with business leaders in China. Tell me a little bit about your recent Sister Cities-based trip to Dongying and what may soon come of it.

David: Our trip to China was awesome. It was probably the most grueling seven days of my life [laughs], especially considering I’d never dealt with a 14-hour time difference and jetlag that was just unbelievable. But it was a great opportunity. Presenting Madisonville on a world stage was incredible. As a result of our ongoing relationship and our recent trip there, several business leaders from the Shendong Equipment Group, as well as representatives from several other manufacturers, are planning on coming to Madisonville toward the end of February or March with the mindset of, “How we can work together?” and “How can we create some manufacturing opportunities?” So there are some really good opportunities here, and I really anticipate that we’ll get something good out of the deal.

LS: What would you tell someone who is unsure of Madisonville dealing with a foreign country like China?

David: You know, people have asked me—and it’s a legitimate question—“Why would we deal with a communist country?” The bottom line of it is that the Chinese, as investors, have made the decision to manufacture in North America. That decision is based on the cost of transportation and the costs of increasing wages in Asia. They are starting to see those wages rise. So, now, the pendulum is swinging back, and it’s actually becoming better for them to manufacture products in North America. With that in mind, the question we have to ask as a community is, “Do we want those jobs here or do we want them to go to Clarksville, or Owensboro, or Henderson, or Hopkinsville, or somewhere like that?” And the way I look at it, is that these jobs—that will hopefully be created—are going to be governed by American labor laws. Plus, the businesses will have to offer competitive wages and benefits to compete in our job markets. That being said, I’d like to have those jobs here for our people. We have to diversify our economy. I love coal and I’m a supporter of the coal industry, but, unfortunately, coal doesn’t get the same support from Washington that we would like to see it get. So, if coal continues to have that pressure put upon it, we really need to diversify our economy. Now, at the same time, I’m all for opening up the export markets, which is part of what we’re doing with China, to keep the coal industry safe and healthy. At the same time, I’m hopeful that administrations realize that there are clean ways to burn coal that don’t harm the environment, and that we should take advantage of such a great natural resource. That’s kind of what we’re working toward. My prayer is that coal remains really strong, and if that happens—and we’ve also managed to add a larger manufacturing base into Madisonville’s economy—then we’re just going to be better off. On that topic, I’d like to diversify in the food market, too. I’d like for us to add more food manufacturing, because that kind of works as an “anti-recessionary” tool. If you go through a recession, food usually stays pretty strong. People are still going to eat even when they have to give up some of the other luxuries in life. I’d also like to see [the local development project] Mid-Town Commons completed. That’s another great opportunity for us. I’d like to see the area north of Mid-Town Commons become a light industrial zone. In fact, I’d love to see it become what’s known as a foreign trade zone; an area where we could attract businesses outside of the US. If we can create the environment for foreign investors and businesses to come in and operate economically, then we can create even more jobs here.

LS: Is there anything you’d like to see change in downtown Madisonville in the future?

David: My real hope for downtown Madisonville is that we can develop it into a restaurant, entertainment, and professional district. I think that’s the real hope for the future. With the potential advent of numerous second-floor living arrangements, I really think specialty shops could be supported in our city’s downtown environment. I’d also love to see the old City Hall building come down. It has several structural issues, so if we could replace it with a permanent stage, we could open up the downtown Madisonville area to more events. When we do Friday Night Live, we have to rent the stage and it takes another day just to get it all prepared. If we could get a permanent stage downtown, similar to what they have in Greenville, KY—Greenville is doing a great job with this by the way—we could tie in a lot of aspects of our city’s commerce with entertainment. I’d like to see us move in that direction. I think there’s a lot of potential there.

LS: What’s your take on the former Hopkins County Library buildings? Should they be saved or destroyed?

David: I’d love to see the former library buildings saved. The reason I’ve been banging the drum and holding public meetings is because I don’t want to see those buildings go to waste if we can prevent it. Of course, though, public safety is my over-arching concern. Fortunately, it’s looking like they can be saved. To hear our city’s building inspector come in and say that the buildings need to be condemned, and that we were probably going to have to bring them down, really made my blood run cold. I agree with the gentleman who came from the Kentucky Historic Trust to assess the buildings. Taking the buildings down would be like “Madisonville getting its front teeth knocked out.” That’s exactly what it would be like. Again though, our main concern is safety as a city. So, if we can get those buildings safe, where they don’t pose a hazard to people or other properties, I’m certainly hopeful that we could restore them and make them usable.

LS: Here’s a quick “favorites” line of questioning to close this out with. What’s your favorite food?

David: Let me see. I just like so much, but my favorite food to cook is biscuits and gravy. My favorite drink is sweat tea. I’m a sweet tea fan. You always know when you’re in the south, because you can get sweet tea. If you go somewhere else and ask for sweet tea, they might look at you kind of funny.

LS: Favorite movie?

David: Well, I don’t watch a lot of movies or TV. I do watch some documentaries. Going back to President Reagan, I’ll say that the two-part documentary, The American Experience: Ronald Reagan, is one of my favorites.

LS: Favorite book?

David: It would have to be the Bible. Being a longtime minister, and a pastor at Living Waters today, the relationship I have with God allows for a lot of great things to flow.

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Business Expanding Downtown, Offering New Services

MADISONVILLE, KY (12/16/12)—Commerce in downtown Madisonville, KY has seen a gradual rise over the last year, and one local business has recently made their plans to expand public.

A popular destination for those seeking bistro-style cuisine, a variety of high-end brews, live music from area artists, and a modern, but welcoming atmosphere, The Crowded House “gastropub” has lived up to its name since opening at 26 W. Center Street over a year ago. As a result of their continued success, and with the hopes of bringing even more “flavor” to the city’s historic district, the downtown eatery will be expanding into a neighboring building at the beginning of 2013. Specifically, employees note that new dishes, drinks, and a larger area for entertainment will be added to the existing layout.

While their original location will be temporarily closed for renovations early next year, The Crowded House will be “satiating” their customers during the transition via several new and useful services.

Starting on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013, The Crowded House will offer both delivery and curbside service to customers from 10am-2:30pm (Tuesday-Friday). Whereas those ordering delivery are required to provide an address within city limits, curbside orders will be available for pick-up at the restaurant’s back door (adjacent to the US Bank and former Hopkins County Library parking lot). Both services will offer up soups, salads, and sandwiches included on The Crowded House’s menu, which can be found by clicking here.

When the services go into effect, customers can call (270) 825-1178 to place an order.

To stay updated on the latest details of the expansion, make sure to check out The Crowded House’s official Facebook page by clicking here.

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