JDI Grille and Tavern
What: A new three-story restaurant and bar specializing in Southern-style pub food named in honor of the former Jefferson Davis Inn night spot. The bar has 12 beers on tap.
Where: 319 Cedar St., off South Broadway between Bolivar and Maxwell Sts.
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily
Learn more: (859) 246-0202, Jeffersondavisinn.com
The Jefferson Davis Inn locally referred to as the “JDI” was originally located at West High and Limestone Streets where Jefferson Davis lived while attending Transylvania University. A historic marker still exists on the original building. The JDI was a popular bar that served good foods, spirits and great music until it closed in 1996. Now, thanks to the vision of the Morgan family of Lexington, the JDI is reborn!
Welcome to the new era of the JDI where the mahogany meets the oak, the hand cut stone embraces the fire, and the bourbon gets sipped nice and slow. In these new surroundings the gastro pub-fair is southern in grace, flavorful in charm and on every level you’ll find something new, and impressive. Whether you are looking for a big screen to watch the game, a bourbon bar to tantalize your taste buds, or a private room to have that special event, the JDI has something to offer everyone – a beautifully crafted tribute to good times of the past, and good times to come. Our state of the art facility features 3 stories of entertainment space, with each level offering an elegant, yet relaxed atmosphere with elements of our Lexington, Kentucky heritage evident everywhere you look. On the first level, you will enjoy our main bar, which opens up to our outdoor patio when the weather is nice via our double “Nana Wall” folding and sliding glass partitions. This level features a huge stacked stone fireplace, as well as space for bands and DJs to perform. On the second level, another beautiful bar awaits you, as well as a warm inviting fireplace complete with leather couches and wing backed chairs. Finally, the third level is designed to host your private event, and boasts a full bar, fireplace, pool table, and a video projector and drop down screen. Make this the place to host your business meeting, awards banquet, family reunion, private party, or to entertain VIP clients in style! Of course, plenty of large screen TVs adorn the entire facility, so you’ll be sure not to miss that all-important UK game!
The JDI offers a wide array of decadent southern pub food including smoked on-site pulled pork, chicken and waffles, and a “JDI” burger that you won’t forget. If you have a sweet tooth try the funnel cake fries and tantalizing bananas foster waffle. With a dozen draft beers and nearly seventy choices of Kentucky Bourbon, the JDI has the beer and spirits for you! Come on out and help us celebrate the rebirth and re-imagined JDI Grille & Tavern!
Management & Staff:
General Manager – Dave Soulis
Kitchen Manager – Chad Wilhite
Assistant General Manager – Miles Owens
Marketing & Events Coordinator – Hilary Morgan