The Bristol Bar & Grille Installs Beehive on Roof of Louisville Restaurant

publication date: May 13, 2015

Rooftop beesA hive of live bees found its way to its new home Tuesday morning on the roof of The Bristol Bar & Grille in the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville. Manager Pete Peters commissioned Ginger Davidson of Geez Beez to install and maintain the hive of nearly 50,000 bees on the rooftop of the restaurant, 1321 Bardstown Rd. The Bristol focuses on providing the most local ingredients possible on its menus. During peak season, diners can expect about 75 percent of produce in their dishes to come from regional sources. Cultivating honey on site is the next logical step in that effort.

"We pride ourselves on offering unique dishes with the wonderful products grown and cultivated here in Kentucky," said Bristol Highlands manager Pete Peters. "Now having an option to do that with honey made from bees on our roof is thrilling. We hope it makes people realize you have options for fresh, local food even if you don't live on several acres of land."

Though placing a beehive on an urban rooftop may seem unconventional, Davidson says it's becoming more common in larger cities and is excited the Bristol is offering her the opportunity to house one of her hives in the heart of Louisville. Though not always noticeable, there are a lot of plants to sustain bees in an area like Bardstown Road, making the Bristol roof a prime location for the hive, according to Davidson. It is also white, which keeps it cooler, and access to the hive is clear, but there is still decent coverage to offer shade during warmer months. She hopes working with the Bristol will not only raise awareness about the importance of bees, but also dispel many myths about the insect.

The bees are expected to produce 60 pounds of honey each year which will be used in the restaurant and available for customers to purchase. Davidson will be checking on the hive every three to four weeks initially. Once the bees have made enough honey to sustain the unit, Davidson will remove the excess. The hope is to have it available for sale to customers next spring.

About The Bristol Bar & Grille:
The Bristol Bar & Grille has been Louisville's dining tradition since 1977. All five locations are open for lunch and dinner daily. The Bristol's award-winning Sunday brunch is a renowned local favorite. Locations and phone numbers are: Highlands (502) 456-1702; Downtown (502) 582-1995; Hurstbourne Pkwy (502) 426-0627; Prospect (502) 292-2585; Jeffersonville (812) 218-1995; and Bristol Catering (502) 584-3663. For more information, visit www.bristolbarandgrille.com.

About Geez Beez:
A locally-owned and operated business, Geez Beez currently maintains about 70 hives in multiple locations around Indiana and Kentucky. In addition to selling honey, local bees from survivor stock and basic beekeeping equipment, the Hanover, Ind., company also provides expert consulting and training to other beekeepers. They work with internationally acclaimed honey bee breeding specialists in order to provide local bees which are gentle, have tendencies to over-winter, control mites without chemical intervention, and produce honey. For more information, visit www.GeezBeezHoney.com.