A HISTORY OF FOOD
AND FAMILY

Bluegrass Hospitality Group (BHG) was co-founded by Brian McCarty and Bruce Drake in 1998. Housing 6 unique concepts, BHG has grown to be the premier restaurant group in Lexington, KY. The individual restaurant concepts include Malone’s, Malone’s Prime Events & Receptions, Harry’s, Aqua Sushi, Drake’s, and OBC Kitchen. Located in Lexington are (3) Malone’s, (2) Harry’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 eleven Drake’s restaurants located in Lexington, Louisville, Florence, and Nicholasville (Kentucky), Bristol, Chattanooga, Franklin and Knoxville (Tennessee), Indianapolis (Indiana), and Huntsville (Alabama).

Bluegrass Hospitality Group employs over 1300 team members. Though each concept is unique, the motto remains the same, “100% guest satisfaction, 100% of the time.”

Travel through the BHG story:

1994

Regatta opens at Lexington Green

1998

BHG opens first Malone's location in Lansdowne Shoppes

1999

Malone's Banquets opens at Malone's in Lansdowne Shoppes

2000

BHG opens Damon's in Hamburg

2000

Oscar's opens in Lansdowne Shoppes next to Malone's

2003

Sal's Chophouse opens in Lansdowne Shoppes

2003

Malone's Banquets moves to upstairs space above Sal's

2003

Harry's opens in Lansdowne Shoppes

2004

Harry's is added to Damon's in Hamburg

2005

The Club Room opens at Malone's Lansdowne

2005

Malone's and Aqua Sushi replace Damon's in Hamburg

2007

Harry's and Sal's Patios added to Sal's

2007

Harry's Patio is added to Malone's Hamburg

2008

Malone's and Harry's open at Palomar Center

2009

Drake's replaces Oscar's and Malone's Club Room

2010

Boathouse patio bar opens at Regatta in Lexington Green

2011

Drake's opens in Louisville, KY (St. Matthews)

2011

Drake's opens in Franklin, TN (Cool Springs)

2011

Drake's opens second Louisville location (Paddock Shops)

2012

Drake's opens in Huntsville, AL

2012

Drake's opens in Indianapolis, IN

2013

Drake's opens in Florence, KY

2014

OBC Kitchen opens in Lansdowne replacing Harry's

2015

MEATS BBQ MKT opens in Lansdowne Shoppes, replacing Harry's /Sal's patio

2015

Aqua at the 90 opens on University of Kentucky campus

2016

Drake's opens in Knoxville, TN

2016

Malone's Prime Events & Receptions (formerly Malone's Banquets) expands to first floor to replace Sal's and Meats

2018

Drake's opens in Bristol, TN

2018

Drake's opens in Nicholasville, KY

2019

bruce-brianBRUCE DRAKE

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.

BRIAN MCCARTY

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, Sara 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.