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New food hub opening in Frankfort aims to help people eat local

Published: May. 5, 2021 at 5:34 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - A business coming to Frankfort this summer is hoping to create an island in the middle of the food desert there. Locals Food Hub and Pizza Pub will serve as a restaurant and fresh foods store.

Its owners said it’s much needed with the lack of grocery stores downtown.

‘We have a locally source wood-fired pizza and salad prepared food side that has all Kentucky draft beers, and a select few Kentucky wines by the glass,” co-owner Birch Bragg said.

It’ll be located at 863 Wilkinson Blvd., just up the road from Buffalo Trace Distillery, and is designed to help people living in that part of town eat local.

“We wanted to find a way that we could help showcase the food which is being produced right here,” co-owner Birch Bragg said. “We don’t need to have food shipped in on barges from across the country and from other countries.”

It’s a two in one business: pizza and salad will be sold on the restaurant side, while fresh meat, dairy products, produce and more will be sold on the opposite wall. Locals will partner with Franklin County farmers for their supply.

Co-owner Birch Bragg said there’s a lot of food being produced just a short distance away, but there’s no store that’s walking distance for many people living in Frankfort. The USDA has classified that area as a food desert.

He says the goal is to have Locals be business that brings food accessibility to everyone.

“The pandemic really exposed the already existing fragilities in our globalized food chain and system, so we wanted to really double down on supporting our local food system,” Bragg said.

Locals plans to open by the middle of June, and is hiring right now. You can head to this website to apply or find out more information.

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