If you drive by Lexington Road often, you’ve probably been watching as the numbers in the window at Stan’s Fish Sandwich count down to closing day. This Saturday, May 28, will mark the end of an era for all of us who have known and loved Stan’s for the last 24 years.
Since their initial days of Stan selling seafood from the back of his pickup truck, the Gentles have been known for incredibly fresh seafood, and a comfortable, friendly place to have a casual meal and spend time with friends.
So the party on Saturday is more than closing a restaurant. It is an opportunity for Stan and Lelia to say thank you to the St. Matthews and Louisville communities for supporting them all these years.
Here’s the rundown: The menu will be down to fish sandwiches and a few sides. I wouldn’t miss it. I’m going to be there to have my last delicious Stan’s Fish Sandwich, to pick up my “Stan’s Last Stand” button and maybe even grab a T-shirt or apron.
An overflow crowd is expected, so there are lots of activities planned both inside the restaurant and outside in the Vogue Center courtyard. You can come early and stay late to take advantage of all the fun that’s going on.
During the late afternoon, Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen will be assembling and decorating a large celebration cake. At 5 p.m., the festivities begin. There will be a cake cutting with free cake to all while it lasts.
And of course there will be music – and who knows – maybe even a little dancing. George Egger and Blue Meridian will be the musical hosts on the beautiful Vogue Promenade with a great selection of jazz and blues from 5 until 10 p.m. I’m only hoping I can get Stan out there on the dance floor for a few moves!
Then, inside the restaurant, from 6:30 to 8:30, the Clark Brothers, a local favorite group, will be hosting the fans inside and singing a few farewells for us. Bill and Dell Clark, Steve Lindell, Roger Crowe Culter and Victor Simon are sure to be crowd pleasers for this event.
And if you’re an oyster lover, here is the event not to miss. The Gentle children, who all grew up working in the family business, are returning to host the oyster roast. Daniel, who attended College of Charleston, acquired his oyster roasting skills on the beaches of Charleston. He currently resides in Taos, N.M., and will be joined by his sisters, Jennifer, a teacher in Manhattan, and Sarah, a fitness and wellness coach from Las Vegas.
You can step right up to the newspaper covered table and smack your lips as the succulent oysters roll off the grill and right onto the table. I can almost taste them right now!
There are many reasons we’ll be sad to see Stan’s go, and the great fish is only a part of it. How many times have I gone in there and ran into someone I haven’t seen in a while? A great St. Matthews meeting place for locals is leaving, and that is very sad for us all.
But far from being sad, Stan and Lelia are celebrating all the good times and good food shared in their restaurant. They look back with fondness at all that has happened there and are very excited about what lies ahead as they continue their work with DreamCatcher Farm and the local foods community.
I have loved Stan for 24 years and don’t know what we’ll do without him. But be assured he and Lelia are not retiring – far from it. In fact, I just talked with Stan and he’s taking lambs to market tomorrow. We can be confident St. Matthews won’t lack for wonderful beef, lamb and pork.
So be sure and join the Gentles at Stan’s on Saturday. You’ll actually get to see Stan’s wonderful smiling face. And if you’ve never met Stan, you’re in for a treat!
Category: The Social Side
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Always out and about at happenings around town, Lucie Blodgett has been writing a weekly column for The Voice-Tribune for more than two decades.