ABOUT BISTRO 1860
THE STUFF DREAMS ARE MADE OF
What happens when a turn of the century farmhouse collides with Dennis Tapp’s eclectic décor and the tantalizing culinary creations of renowned chef Michael Crouch?
Bistro 1860 happens.
From the charming outside patio entrance to uniquely intimate dining areas, exquisite French-American fusion cuisine, one-of-a-kind wine bar, outrageous cocktails, quaint fireplaces, and exotic Camel Lounge, you’ll be treated to a sensuously delicious bistro experience that has many patrons speaking a little French before the evening’s over…ooh la la!
A long-time dream of owners Ron Kayrouz and Terry Fereday, Bistro 1860 epitomizes the perfect blend of delicious food and exceptional service within a casually comfortable environment – a dream realized in large part from the experience Ron gained running a successful restaurant with his father J.P. for over two decades.
IT ALL STARTED WITH A COCONUT CREAM PIE
Ron met Michael many moons ago while still a teenaged stock boy at a local produce shop and the two became fast friends. Michael would often brag about his cooking and Ron playfully challenged Michael to cook something for him. And he did…and it was the best coconut cream pie Ron had ever tasted. While they both went their separate ways, they never lost touch, Ron never forgot that pie, and he vowed they would someday own their own restaurant.
Over the years, Michael honed his chef skills at respected Louisville restaurants, spending several summers in Paris learning from some of the French masters. Today, Executive Chef Michael Crouch relies on his vast experience to create some of the most amazing French-American fusion cuisine this side of the Seine River.
INSPIRED BY A GIFT THAT BECAME AN OBSESSION
The first one was a childhood gift. The other hundred or so that followed were acquired over the years. We’re talking, of course, about Ron’s crazy camel collection, perhaps one of the largest in the known universe. Figures, plates, paintings – you name it, if it has a camel on it, Ron probably has it. And if he doesn’t, chances are family, friends or customers will gift him with it soon enough. The Camel Lounge is host to some of Ron’s humped-back collection, and has fast become a favorite place for our guests to slip away for drinks, appetizers and cozy conversation.
BEHOLD OUR WINE “TIME MACHINE”
One of the largest in the country and one of only two in the area, our cruvinet system keeps up to 54 opened bottles of wine as fresh as the moment they were uncorked for up to 6 weeks, thanks to an amazing apparatus that infuses the wine with nitrogen. Our extensive wine list offers something for even the most discriminating connoisseur. You’ll also find our custom cocktails quite tempting, not to mention our vast beer selection.