A HISTORY OF FOOD
Bluegrass Hospitality Group (BHG) was co-founded by Brian McCarty and Bruce Drake in 1998. The restaurant group includes 6 unique concepts including Malone’s, Malone’s Prime Events & Receptions, Harry’s, Drake’s, Aqua Sushi and OBC Kitchen. Located in Lexington are (3) Malone’s, (2) Harry’s, (2) Drake’s, Malone’s Prime Events & Receptions, and OBC Kitchen. Aqua Sushi is located in each of the Malone’s in Lexington. In addition, Aqua Sushi is located inside each of the seventeen Drake’s restaurants located in Lexington, Louisville, Florence, Nicholasville and Owensboro (Kentucky), Bristol, Clarksville, Chattanooga, Franklin and Knoxville (Tennessee), Indianapolis and Evansville (Indiana), O’Fallon (Illinois), Burlington (North Carolina), and Huntsville (Alabama).
Bluegrass Hospitality Group employs over 1500 team members. Though each concept is unique, the motto remains the same, “100% guest satisfaction, 100% of the time.”
Travel through the BHG story:
2016Malone's Prime Events & Receptions (formerly Malone's Banquets) expands to first floor to replace Sal's and Meats
Bruce is originally from Kentucky. After graduating college, he lived in several large cities but always found his way back. “You’d be hard pressed to find another city like Lexington. Take the rich history and culture of Keeneland and Lexington’s equine industry, add a bustling University and top that off with the world’s best bourbon all in a 75 mile radius of the city and you get a community full of people passionate about their home.” Lexington was the city of choice for Bruce and his wife Melinda to raise their three boys, Jack, Wade and Johnny Bruce.
During free time, you’re likely to find Bruce on the golf course. It allows him to be outdoors, stay active and participate in a little friendly competition.
Lexington, often referred by him as ‘Relaxington,’ is home to Brian and his family. From beautiful horse farms and walking trails to athletics, arts and live entertainment, Lexington has something for everyone. It is here he and his wife, Katherine, have raised their three beautiful daughters: Mary Katherine, Sarah Jane and Martha Lee.
In his free time, Brian enjoys traveling. In addition to seeing new places, he enjoys experiencing something he is most passionate about… remarkable food and over-the-top hospitality, two things he is known for sharing with friends and guests alike for many years.