8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen, a dazzling outdoor + indoor all glass drinking and eating experience, offers the best in unparalleled views. Whether lounging al fresco or enjoying the dining room, 8UP offers a myriad of drinking and dining experiences designed to please the sophisticated palates and celebrate the spirit of fun that defines Louisville. Experience the lounge at 8UP that boasts its very own kitchen designated to the indoor bar and enjoy our open air rooftop bar complete with fire pits and plenty of seating overlooking Louisville.

Conceived and developed by nationally acclaimed Atlanta-based Concentrics Restaurants, the space features a 90-seat restaurant where guests can relax amidst dark wood paneling and 8 foot high backed banquets opposite large picture windows that offers the best view of the city. An open kitchen lets you in on all the action. Chef serves up an extensive menu focusing on “Progressive American” cuisine.

8UP Drinkery & Kitchen is located on the rooftop at 350 West Chestnut Street, Louisville, KY 40202. Enter via private driveway entrance on Chestnut Street offering valet parking and an elevator that spirits patrons right up to the rooftop for elevated drinking and dining. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call 502.631.4180.

Chef Casper Van Drongelen

Leading the innovative culinary team at 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen is Executive Chef Casper Van Drongelen. Originally from the Netherlands, Van Drongelen has extensive experience in the culinary arena.

A graduate of the Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago, he got his start at Aria Restaurant in the Fairmont Chicago Hotel and quickly moved to Sixteen Restaurant where his restaurant was awarded a Michelin Star.  His talent then took him out west as the Sous Chef at Amangiri Resort in Utah and then moved to Hitchcock Restaurant in Washington where he created the menu for the farm to table restaurant.  His last stop before Louisville was Head Chef at Chow Restaurant in Oregon, where his focus was on local and sustainable sourcing.

With a passion for local cuisine and tradition, he is looking forward to connecting locally to bring great techniques and flavors from Louisville and other parts of the globe to 8UP.

General Manager Amy Lewis 

8UP is excited to welcome Amy Lewis as their new General Manager.  A Cincinnati native and University of Cincinnati Alumni, Lewis is no stranger to the Louisville food scene.  She was part of the Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, Louisville opening team in  200X.   In her 12 year tenure with Jeff Ruby, she was on the opening teams of 10+ restaurants and clubs, handled all of the Marketing and PR including the Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment rebrand in 2006.  Amy handled everything from operations, to recruiting, to helping create successful business models for the brand.  

Lewis was recruited as the Beverage and Nightlife Director for Tropicana in Atlantic City where she managed 15 bars/nightclubs, five gourmet restaurants, including the casino floor and showroom while overseeing 300+ staff.  In 2014, she was recruited to come back to Louisville to work for Live Nation.  She was hired to open Mercury Ballroom in the historic downtown business district and quickly became the GM of both Mercury Ballroom and its sister property, the Louisville Palace.

Lewis is a member of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the world's oldest and largest food and wine gastronomy society in the world, which recently reactivated its Louisville chapter.  Lewis is thrilled to be back in food and beverage taking the helm at 8UP.    “I can’t wait to explore new opportunities for this amazing rooftop restaurant and lounge!  The view, décor, and ambiance are unparalleled in Louisville.  I’m confident that through my experience in nightlife, restaurants, entertainment and simply by living in Louisville the past 3 years, I offer unique perspectives to the programming of the restaurant and lounge.”