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After more than 15 years of serving folks in downtown Shelbyville, the owners of Bistro 535 have decided to sell the establishment. Bill Hisle and Stuart Meredith are selling the business and property to Embry Herrick and family in order to concentrate their efforts elsewhere.
Hisle and Meredith will maintain the catering wing of the business under the name of 535 Catering and also continue to operate the two Cattleman's Roadhouse restaurants.
Hisle said he and Meredith made the decision to sell the Bistro in order to focus more attention on the steakhouses -- with the second one opening next week in Frankfort -- and Hisle said they were looking into opening a Cattleman's in the Shepherdsville area.
While giving oversight to the Bistro, Cattleman's establishments and a catering service, Hisle said they were "spread a little thin."
However, he added that before Herrick made an offer, the restaurant was not for sale. But with the offer they certain the time was right.
Hisle said he is glad the business has been bought by someone who knows the restaurant and cares about the community.
Herrick is a former employee and several of his family members have experience in the restaurant industry. Hisle said the Herrick family will "freshen up" the restaurant and are looking to make renovations down the road.
Local folk should not worry about the restaurant -- old favorites such as the John David Myles fish sandwich and the Ed Bennet Caesar salad will still be on the menu.
The Herrick family will begin operation of the restaurant on July 1.
Hisle said he will miss working in downtown Shelbyville.
"Shelbyville has always been good to us," he said. "The community has supported us well."
What he will miss most is folks who come in the restaurant on a daily basis.