Coming Soon to Covington: Libby's Southern Comfort, Casual Southern Cuisine

Brad Wainscott, owner of Libby's, grew up in the restaurant industry while working for his father, owner of The Greyhound Tavern and The Tousey House Tavern

The Wainscott family - Photo: Provided
Photo: Provided
The Wainscott family

The son of a local restaurant owner is branching out to open his own restaurant, Libby’s. Brad Wainscott, whose father owns longstanding Kentucky mainstays The Greyhound Tavern and Tousey House Tavern, is slated to open the Covington restaurant this winter with a menu that will pay tribute to Southern classics like fried chicken and half-shell oysters served alongside a variety of bourbon drinks and other local favorites. CityBeat recently emailed with Wainscott to discuss eye-catching menu items and inspirations for the recent business endeavor, named after his daughter.

CityBeat:  Tell me a little about your background in local restaurants and why you decided to open up your own.

Brad Wainscott: My father, Butch Wainscott, has owned The Greyhound Tavern in Fort Mitchell, Ky. for over 30 years and The Tousey House Tavern in Burlington, Ky. I have worked for my father since a young age; he has been a great mentor and huge inspiration for me. I attribute a lot of my knowledge about the restaurant business to him. In addition to learning from my dad, I spent 10 years working under my brother-in-law, Bobby Murray, at The Merrick Inn in Lexington, Ky.  He too has been a great inspiration to me. Andrew Zimmern, from the hit show Bizarre Food, was recently at my father’s farm filming. Talking with him was very inspiring, as he and I share many similar demons of our past. He, along with many others, gave me the confidence to believe my family can succeed on our own. It takes a lot of faith to leave your comfort zone and go out on your own, but after much consideration we felt it was time.

CB: Describe the style of food you'll be serving at Libby’s. 

click to enlarge Image of dish from Libby's Facebook page - Photo:
Image of dish from Libby's Facebook page

BW: Libby’s will be serving up casual Southern cuisine with a touch of Charleston. 

CB: Do you have any menu items solidified yet? What menu items do you think will be the most popular/are you most excited about?

BW: One thing is for sure, after doing fried chicken for 25 years, we will definitely have an emphasis on that. Libby’s fried chicken will be different and unique.  We are also excited to be offering oysters on the half shell, and prepared a few other ways. We are happy to say that Blue Oven bakery will be our exclusive bread supplier.

CB: Will you offer brunch/lunch/dinner?  

BW: We will offer brunch on Saturday and Sunday, and lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. (Hours are still being finalized). 

CB: Tell me about your drink menu. I believe I saw something about bourbon slushies online?

BW: There will be a unique bourbon list, bourbon slushees and ‘frosé (rosé slush). We will be partnering with Braxton Brewery to offer some great local beer selections  — everything from PBR to growers champagne!

CB: Tell me a little about the space in terms of your design plans and the location.

BW: The space and location are perfect!  We are located in Duveneck Square, which is a block and a half from Hotel Covington and directly behind Braxton Brewery. The building we are in is the Road ID headquarters. Our restaurant space is industrial with an open feel. Great place to kick it with friends and throw back a half dozen oysters.

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Libby's logo

CB: Who is your restaurant named after? And tell me a little about your logo.

Libby's is named after our only daughter and youngest child. Libby was named after Libby Murray, the founder of The Merrick Inn and one of the hardest working women I’ve had the pleasure to know. My wife, Michelle, and I have three beautiful children. Charlie is our oldest, Will is in the middle, and then there is the youngest, Libby. All three of them have a tremendous amount of love for our black lab, Yuma. The logo is a representation of Libby and her love for our black lab.

Libby's will be located at 35 W. Eighth St., Covington. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for info and updates.

*A previous version of this article had casual misspelled. It has been corrected. 

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