Shirley Maes Cafe

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Shirley Maes Cafe is a restaurant located in Louisville, Kentucky at 802 South Clay Street. They are open every day except Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Shirley Mae’s Café is housed in a 3-story clay-brick building that dates back to 1880… when it was the home of Andrew Willinger, manager of the W.M. & C.D. Campbell Tobacco Company in Louisville, KY. Nestled in the heart of Smoketown, Shirley Mae’s Café is located in the oldest African American community in Louisville… originally a post-Civil War encampment for freed slaves in 1868. In 1910, an enterprising woman… Caroline King… converted Mr. Willinger’s house into a grocery store… briefly listed as A.A. King Grocer (Andrew) in 1912… before reverting back to Caroline King Grocer through 1919. In 1919, it became J.H. Fow Grocer (James). And in 1926, Louisa Wagner acquired the building and added a one-story extension onto the three-story building on the Clay Street side… acquiring the 802 South Clay Street address.
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#6 Cafe In Louisville
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#93 Restaurant In Louisville
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#12 Southern Restaurant In Louisville
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#1 Cafe In 40203
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