The Zeppelin Cafe - Your neighborhood home away from home

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While it seems that these days the trend has shifted from clubby spots serving overpriced drinks and watered down entertainment, The Zeppelin flies under the weak sauce radar, and stays true to what is both good and great about neighborhood bars that still double as a cafe, serve a stiff drink, and provide that home away from home feeling.  There's only a couple of them left in Germantown, and as you venture out into the surrounding zip codes, fewer and fewer still stand strong between the four walls that once held the roof above their patrons.  Everything about this place reminds me of my youth.  Just up the street was the catholic grade school that I attended as a child, and the Zeppelin used to be the old Heitzmen's Bakery.  Much has changed about it since then, but the history is still there, the comforting feeling that we used to get as children when it was just a bakery is still prevalent, and The Zep, just as expected, keeps it pure Germantown.  Sometimes simplicity cannot speak enough, and what was good yesterday is often just as good as it was then.  Nick Cain is definitely doing something right here, and you can guarantee that this place will be around for some time to come.  They've got great food, a descent variety of beers on tap, pool tables, and live music on Wednesdays.  Also, in the near weeks to come they're throwing down for St. Patrick's Day, so be sure to stop into the Zeppelin between now and then, located at 1036 East Burnett Avenue, Louisville, Ky. 40217

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About Damian Gerlach
Born and raised locally here in the Germantown neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. I have lived and frequented in both the Highlands and Germantown areas for the past ten years while completing my undergraduate work in communication, and graduate work in business communication from Spalding University. After the completion of both of these degrees, the most recent during the summer of 2007, I began working as a sales consultant for a large telecommunications company, as well as for a few local colleges. In 2008 I self-published my first book, "Always Coming Back," and my second late summer 2009, entitled "Bent."
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