Former UK football players bring Short and Bourbon streets together at Creaux

By Matt Wickstrom

Patrons enjoyed food and cocktails on the sidewalk outside Creaux, located at 310 W. Short St., in downtown Lexington. Photo by Matt Goins.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 8, 2018) – Wanting to visit New Orleans but haven’t yet?

Thanks to a trio of Lexington restaurateurs, you can get a taste of Bourbon Street on Short Street in Lexington. Last November Cajun- and New Orleans-inspired cocktail bar Creaux (creo) opened at 310 West Short St., in the space formerly occupied by Table Three Ten.

Creaux is owned by Stephen Scaldaferri and Ieasha and Dougie Allen, the later a lifelong Lexingtonian. For Scaldaferri and Dougie Allen, the bar is a long-shared vision come to life. The two first met in 2000 while attending the University of Kentucky, where both played football — Scaldaferri a kicker and Allen a wide receiver — and majored in hospitality management and tourism.

Allen, who has additional restaurant experience as a franchise operator with Papa John’s, says the idea for a New Orleans-inspired bar came from discovering his own love for the Big Easy through many visits over time.

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