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City okays loans for 2 riverfront restaurants — Low interest loans designed to help small businesses have been approved by a city agency for two waterfront restaurant ventures, the planned Doc's Cantina and chef John Varanese's River House. The loans were approved Thursday by the Louisville Metropolitan Business Development Corp. board, which administers the city's small business loan program.

New Butchertown apartments target millenials — Work has commenced on a 262-unit, luxury apartment complex at Clay and Main streets on the edge of Butchertown, a project in which the developer expects to invest more than $50 million. This story will be updated. Reporter Sheldon S. Shafer can be reached at (502) 582-7089. Follow him on Twitter at @sheldonshafer.

Heaven Hill buys Texas vodka brand — Heaven Hill Brands, the country's largest independent, family-owned and operated distilled spirits supplier, has entered into an agreement to acquire Deep Eddy Vodka and its Texas distillery from Eliza Spring LLC for an undisclosed amount. Deep Eddy Vodka is one of the fastest-growing brands in the distilled spirits industry.

Varanese to operate River House restaurant — Details have been released of what may be a major new attraction on the Ohio River, a restaurant called River House, near Zorn Avenue that will be located in a former boat-storage facility and will be operated by John Varanese. He is the chef and owner of Varanese Restaurant on Frankfort Avenue.

GLI to meet with legislators — Members of Greater Louisville Inc., the metro chamber of commerce, have scheduled a series of meetings with Jefferson County legislators in early September to discuss business-related issues as well as legislation expected to come up during the 2016 General Assembly convening in January.

Louisville 40205 ZIP code among the ‘hottest’ — Louisville ZIP code 40205, which includes all or parts of such upscale neighborhoods as Seneca Gardens and the Highlands, has been cited as one of America's "hottest ZIP codes." The recognition comes from's economic data team, which, for the first time, has released an analysis of the country's "hottest ZIP codes midyear" and has put the local 40205 area in the 25th position.

Learning Express Toys to open in Eastgate — Learning Express Toys, the nation's largest educational toy retailer, will open a store at 12619 Shelbyville Road in Eastgate Shopping Center Sept. 11. Owner Linda Newhouse, a mother of two, plans a weekend-long grand opening Sept. 11-13 with a variety of activities and discounts as well as a ribbon cutting.

Major Dixie Highway work to begin — Dixie Highway is soon to be undergoing some major repairs that for nearly a year may inconvenience the tens of thousands of motorists who daily use the busy artery. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced Friday that it has awarded a contract for pavement replacement on a five-mile stretch of Dixie, or U.S.

Ohio firms plans 195 apartments at old Mercy Academy site — The former Mercy Academy property in the 1100 block of East Broadway could become home to 195 top-end apartments. Edwards Communities, an Ohio development company based in Columbus, has a contract to buy the long-abandoned Mercy property and intends to clear the entire parcel on the south side of Broadway and west of Baxter Avenue for a new four-story apartment structure, said Bill Bardenwerper, Edwards' Louisville attorney.

TARC service cuts in force starting Sunday — Striving to balance passenger demands with budget realities, TARC is proceeding with service cuts, effective Sunday, including adjustments on three of its busiest routes. "We are trying to address a budget shortfall, but in such a way that we minimize any impact on passengers as much as possible," said Kay Stewart, Transit Authority of River City spokeswoman.
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