The Barn at Fritz Farm is open for business

Published: Sep. 15, 2017 at 9:14 AM EDT
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There are several new dining options in Lexington. The Barn at Fritz Farm is now open at The Summit.

There will be a Grand Opening Party on September 29.

The Barn is the region's first food hall and showcases several local chefs.

Bayer Properties says the design was inspired by the historical operation of the property.

"We intentionally took a very disciplined approach when curating The Barn and decided to source all local restaurateurs so that we could honor Lexington's culinary scene within The Summit at Fritz Farm," said Lindsay Bayer Shipp, retail brand strategist for Bayer Properties. "We are committed to supporting local businesses and The Barn will add to Lexington's growing stature as a foodie destination."

About half of the shops are open right now, including Dan Wu's Atomic Ramen.

"The Lexington food scene has really exploded in the last three or four years, and I think this is the perfect example of that," says Wu. "The biggest sell for me was that there were so many other great local tenants in here. When they started telling me, 'yeah we're talking to Athenian, we're talking to Smithtown, we've got Crank & Boom, and Pasture and all these people' I said, 'this is where I want to be.'"

Ilias Pappas's Athenian Grill opens next week. His other restaurant, the Deli, opens later this month.

"We're a team that came together to make this successful. Everybody's committed. Knowing that drove us to that project," notes Pappas. "It just brings a blend of different tastes and different ideas and different business people together for one goal: to serve very, very good food at a beautiful environment like the Summit in this part of town that we've always wanted to be part of."

The Barn's line up of independent, locally-owned concepts includes:

  • Athenian Grill and Deli
  • Atomic Ramen
  • Crank & Boom
  • Pasture by Marksbury Farm
  • Smithtown Seafood
  • Whiskey Bear
  • Kentucky-for-Kentucky