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The Downs of Nicholson community, a ‘Keeneland-like’ development, is ‘self-contained,’ and underway

March 10th, 2023  The plans for the Downs of Nicholson went through what could be a final revision, and those changes were approved by the Independence city council this week.

The Downs of Nicholson is designed to be a self-contained community, featuring 64 patio homes. There will be a sit-down restaurant, with a microbrewery in the same large building, and a gas station where there will be a grocery store and a deli. A Roy Rogers restaurant is also in the plans.  Read more here.

The newest Louisville neighborhood First Watch is now open in Springhurst!

December 12th, 2022  The newest Louisville area First Watch location has opened in the Springhurst Towne Center near the Gene Snyder Freeway.  

They will be serving the freshest breakfast, brunch, and lunch daily from 7am to 2:30pm.

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Nicholasville gets popular Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch restaurant with opening of new First Watch in Brannon Crossing

December 19th, 2022  The newest Lexington area First Watch, located at 350 East Brannon Road in Brannon Crossing, is now open.  

First Watch is an award-winning Daytime Dining restaurant concept serving made-to-order breakfast, brunch and lunch using fresh ingredients. First Watch offers traditional favorites, such as pancakes, omelets, sandwiches and salads, alongside specialty items like the Quinoa Power Bowl®, Avocado Toast and the Chickichanga.

Customers wait outside overnight for grand opening of Louisville's first LaRosa's Pizza

January 23rd, 2023   A new pizza restaurant opened in a northeast Louisville suburb on Monday.

Several customers waited on the patio of LaRosa's Pizza at 10641 Fischer Park Drive overnight for the promise of free pizza. Only the first 50 in line got free pizza for a year. The first 200 people got a LaRosa's swag bag.

Many people who waited in line had emotional ties to LaRosa's. They say it's where their family would stop on trips and vacations to Cincinnati. Read more here.


Barleycorn's Brewhouse opens in former Wilder firehouse

August 16th, 2022  The brewery official opened Aug. 16 and will ultimately have a five-barrel brewhouse with additional 30-barrel fermentation capacity, allowing for 700 barrels to be brewed annually beginning in 2023.

“As we look to the future, we wanted to honor the nearly 50-year-old Barleycorn’s legacy and the city of Wilder’s proud heritage,” said Dillon Adams, president of One Holland. “Renovating and repurposing the old fire station into a comfortable, yet stylish brewhouse with a great restaurant does just that.”  Read more here.


Barleycorn’s Brewhouse opens in former Northern Kentucky fire station

August 19th, 2022  Barleycorn's Brewhouse opened in the Northern Kentucky city's former fire station, located at 402 Licking Pike, this week. One Holland Restaurant Group owns the brewery, as well as three Barleycorn's sports bars in Cold Spring, Florence and Lakeside Park. Barleycorn's Brewhouse is the brand's first brewery.

  Read more here.


First Watch opens at Holiday Manor, the popular brunch restaurant's 6th Louisville location

August 1st, 2022  First Watch opened a new location Monday in Holiday Manor next to Kroger on US 42.

The sixth First Watch in the Louisville area, this new breakfast and lunch spot is 4,200 square feet and features two patios equipped with heaters and fans for outside dining most of the year.  Read more here.


Nostalgic restaurant Roy Rogers opening first NKY location

May 18th, 2022  A local restaurateur who is reviving the Roy Rogers brand in Cincinnati has selected the spot for its first Northern Kentucky restaurant.

One Holland Corp., owner of several restaurant franchises as well as Barleycorn's and the Greyhound Tavern, is building its first Northern Kentucky Roy Rogers in Florence as part of new construction that will pair the Western-themed burger restaurant with a Dunkin. 

  Read more here.

One Holland Restaurant Group was voted as one of the 2022 Best Workplaces in NKY.

April 4th, 2022  One Holland Corporation, a restaurant group based in Taylor Mill, has seen tremendous growth since its founding in 2000. Started by CEO Gary Holland, One Holland began with just one restaurant. Today, it includes 39 restaurants and continues to grow. According to Holland, the corporation’s primary focus is on “guest satisfaction through serving quality food, providing hospitable service and building first-class facilities.

  Read more here.

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For more than a century, this restaurant has put the 'Kentucky' in Northern Kentucky

March 22, 2022  You know what I really like about the Greyhound, though? It's that it puts the "Kentucky" in Northern Kentucky with its excellent versions of Southern classics such as fried green tomatoes, country ham and the classic hot brown. We here in Cincinnati tend to overlook all the culinary contributions the Bluegrass State has made to the world, but the Greyhound honors them and gives them a big warm hug. 

  Read more here.

Northern Kentucky-based One Holland Restaurant Group named First Watch’s 2021 Franchisee of Year

Jan 8th, 2022  “First Watch has an exceptional franchise community – all of whom do an incredible job maintaining the high level of operational excellence we are known for delivering. Gary Holland and the team at Bluegrass consistently execute at the highest levels and meet or exceed our expectations in all areas of the business from their focus on developing strong leaders from within, their high customer satisfaction scores and their strong financial results,” said Chris Tomasso, First Watch President and CEO.

  Read more here.

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One Holland Restaurant Group buys Barleycorns, keeping management, employees and tradition

Dec 10, 2021  Barleycorns, which for nearly 50 years has been the region’s favorite neighborhood sports bar and grill, has been sold to Taylor Mill-based One Holland Restaurant Group in a joining of two of Northern Kentucky’s most recognizable and successful restaurant operators.

The restaurant entrepreneur bringing Roy Rogers back just bought Barleycorn's

Dec 9th, 2021  The restaurant group responsible for bringing the Roy Rogers chain back to Greater Cincinnati announced Thursday it has also acquired Barleycorn's, a popular Northern Kentucky sports bar. 

Taylor Mill-based One Holland Restaurant Group, which has expanded to own multiple locations of Skyline Chili, LaRosa's Pizzeria, and Dunkin' among others, said in a news release that the purchase was a natural fit. 


Roy Rogers restaurants returning to Cincinnati

Oct 14th, 2021  One Holland Corp. restaurant group CEO and founder Gary Holland fondly recalls the local lore that Roy Rogers himself was born in downtown Cincinnati in a house that was later torn down to make room for Riverfront Stadium, home to the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals for 30 years. Legend has it that the Rogers' home eventually became second base at Riverfront. He describes Roy Rogers Restaurants as an iconic brand that will be warmly welcomed back to Greater Cincinnati.

  Read more here.

Long-time Lexington fine-dining icon is about to go through a historic change. 

October 13, 2021  Merrick Inn, a traditional and popular Lexington fine-dining fixture for more than 45 years, is changing hands. Jennifer and Bobby Murray, who have owned and operated the venerable restaurant on the former Thoroughbred farm, are selling the business to One Holland Restaurant Group.

Read more here.


More pay isn't helping some Central KY employers fill jobs.

June 25, 2021  Besides increasing everyone’s pay and providing additional bonuses, Holland implemented a tuition reimbursement program that pays up to $5,200 a year for employees attending college. In the past, he said the company hired people at a starting wage of $10 to $12 an hour. Now, he said, “we don’t even bat an eye paying them $14, $15, $16” when an applicant interviewed is clearly “a people person.”  Read more here.

'First Watch' now hiring for new restaurant in Georgetown.

April 26, 2021  A popular breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant chain is now hiring as it plans to take over the space previously occupied by Ruby Tuesday’s off I-75 in Georgetown, according to One Holland Corporation.

 Read more here.


Greyhound Tavern listed as KY's "Most Legendary Restaurant" in national profile.

February 2, 2021  "I grew up loving the Greyhound, I always knew that it was special, but I had no idea just how special," Holland said. "The loyalty of the customers is amazing. We turn 100 years old next month, and to see the following the Greyhound has had for so many years is truly incredible." 

 Read more here.

Lexington Pizza Week is here.  Here is the menu of special pies you can try for $6.

November 17, 2020   Big Bleu Cheese: Ranch dressing, medium wing sauce, onions, jalapenos, chicken, provolone, blue cheese crumbles and bacon. Skyline Chili Pizza: Skyline Chili topped with a mound of shredded cheddar cheese baked on LaRosa’s traditional crust. You can also ask for mustard and onions.  Read more here.

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Iconic Northern Kentucky restaurant Greyhound Tavern sold to One Holland.

November 10,  2020   The Wainscotts called Holland, 49, a prime example of the American dream who started One Holland 20 years ago with one Skyline Chili location and a love for the restaurant business.  Holland has grown his company into multiple locations of Skyline Chili, LaRosa’s Pizzeria, First Watch, and Dunkin restaurants in Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati, Louisville, and Lexington.  Read more here.

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