Local restauranteur Tom Longshore and his partners Gary Holland and Ron Rosen opened Louisville, Kentucky's first First Watch restaurant.

The restaurant, founded in 1983, features traditional breakfast, brunch, and lunch favorites alongside fresh recipes made with ingredients such as cage-free eggs, house-made granola and salsa, house-roasted vegetables, and 100 percent fresh-squeezed orange juice.

The restaurant will also serve its exclusive Sunrise Select Premium Blend Coffee, which is made from slow-roasted, hand-selected, high-grown coffee beans from mountains across the Americas.

The new First Watch is part of an agreement with Kentucky-based Holland Rosen Group to open seven First Watch restaurants in the Louisville and Lexington markets. The group has already opened three restaurants in Lexington since Sept. 2012 and has now set its sights on expanding into and throughout Louisville.

Longshore, who brought Skyline Chili to Louisville with his family in 1987, is a partner in Holland Rosen Group and has now fulfilled his dream of diversifying his restaurant portfolio in Louisville to include breakfast, brunch, and lunch.

“People have been driving all the way to Lexington for their favorite First Watch dishes,” says Gary Holland of Holland Rosen Group. We’re glad that we were able to answer their requests and fill a much-needed gap in the marketplace.”

The restaurant occupies a freestanding, newly built 4,100-square-foot building on the corner of South Hursbourne Parkway and Shelbyville Road next to Goodwill, and it is part of a new generation of First Watch restaurants with an urban farm design.

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