About Us

 

Coles bioCole Arimes - Executive Chef & Owner


As a native Lexingtonian with family ties to the culinary industry, Executive Chef Cole Arimes combines a flair for creativity with a dedication to the ingredients, people, and culture of the local community.

 

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Chris bioChris Hutchison - General Manager & Certified Sommelier


As a 35-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Chris embodies the spirit of true southern hospitality and understands the power of excellent food and wine.

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Nate bioNathan R. Voorhees - Chef de Cuisine


From working his first shift cooking on a busy restaurant line, Chef de Cuisine Nathan knew he wanted to become a chef.

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History
The building that now houses COLES 735 MAIN has long been a Lexington landmark.  Of the many local businesses that have occupied the charming brick structure on the corner of East Main Street and South Ashland, the first was a well-known restaurant – The Stirrup Cup.  Built in 1938, The Stirrup Cup served traditional Kentucky classics to residents and out-of-town visitors for years.  Today, another well known Lexington restaurant even features a dish titled “The Stirrup Cup Hot Brown,” named for the traditional Kentucky dish served there

historic photo of restaurantSince the closing of The Stirrup Cup, the building has held a pharmacy and many other restaurants, including Le Café Francais, Hall’s on Main, and most recently, Furlongs.  

To open COLES 735 MAIN, Cole and family worked tirelessly to reinvent a historic city landmark. The team embraced the historic beauty of this 1930’s building, restoring and renovating the unique architectural elements.  One of the focal points of COLES are the three restored English hunt scene murals, painted for the restaurant in 1949 by local art teacher Theresa Newhoff.  With local faces painted into the scenes, an official “Blessing of the Hounds,” and what may even be a bullet hole in one mural, COLES 735 MAIN is brimming with history and one-of-a-kind character.