Goodfellas opens in distillery district

Goodfellas Pizza unveiled a new location this week in the Pepper Distillery District, transforming a historic building into a Lexington favorite for New York style pizza. The restaurant already has locations on Mill Street and attached to Two Keys Tavern off of UK’s campus. 

The new building is industrial with an exposed brick interior and serves as a reminder of its former use as a distillery. The new location can be found on Manchester Street, where new businesses are setting up more every year. Just down the street from Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge, the owners are hoping to attract industrial workers and those who do business on that side of town. 

Renovation of the building began back in May and included the restoration of many older fixtures. The other locations in town cater more to the carry out crowd, 

Goodfellas Distillery will serve not only as a pizza restaurant, but also as a cocktail lounge. According to Bill Whitlow, beverage director for Goodfellas, heritage was what brought the business to the Pepper Distillery Campus. 

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“This used to be a Distillery district and we have a Bourbon bar theme,” Whitlow said. “We saw vision in this historic sight and wanted to bring it back to this area.” 

While this location more closely resembles the Cincinnati Goodfellas locations, Whitlow says that this location is unique to the Lexington crowd. 

“All we do is pizza at our other locations in Lexington, but other branches include Wiseguy Lounge, an award winning cocktail program,” Whitlow said. “We are very excited to bring this concept back to Lexington.”