Holiday Hours

 

Though we are a 24-hour restaurant, we do close for some holidays throughout the year so that our employees can relax and spend time with their families.

We will be closed for Thanksgiving. Our hours are:

- Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve – CLOSING at 10:00 PM
- Thursday, Thanksgiving Day – CLOSED
- Friday, Black Friday – OPENING at 6:00 PM

We will be closed for Christmas. Our hours are:

- Christmas Eve, Dec 24 – CLOSING at 6:00 PM
- Christmas Day, Dec 25 – CLOSED
- After Christmas, on Dec 26 – OPENING at 8:00 AM

We will remain open throughout the New Year’s weekend.

 

Herald-Leader Article: Good, Basic Food Anytime!

 

The Lexington Herald-Leader recently sent their food critic to Tolly-Ho.

Tolly-Ho gives you just what you expect: good, basic food, any time

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/02/16/2071122/tolly-ho-gives-you-just-what-you.html#storylink=cpy

Tolly-Ho specializes in not changing — the food, the ambiance or the video games

By Wendy Miller — Contributing Restaurant Critic

This review, if you can call it that, focuses not on white tablecloths or the sultry temptations of ethnic dining, but rather on Formica — or its latter-day equivalent — and video games, Kentucky blue logos and artificial ferns, griddles and a touch of the greasy spoon.

Tolly-Ho, longtime burger joint of the college set due to its proximity to the university, moved last year to South Broadway from Limestone, its home of about 25 years. Its new digs are walking distance from hardly anywhere, yet that could not be less of a deterrent to its many loyal fans who would rather starve than imagine a Lexington without “Ho Burgers.”

For the uninitiated, a Ho Burger is a hamburger patty on a sesame bun with lettuce and onion — cheese is optional — made special by a “secret” sauce that has a base of mayonnaise and, one might guess, something like honey mustard and chopped pickles. The menu does reveal that there is a taste of tartar sauce about it.

A side of fries with this is a must. Even though these crinkle cuts are from the freezer, you have to admit that, factoring in improvements in frozen vegetables and their handling after the fact, they might be good — and they are.

The same goes for the hash browns, crisp-edged yet moist.

Tolly-Ho’s chili is made on site. There is nothing spectacular about this con carne with small red beans, but it’s perfectly acceptable. A bowl of this might be considered quintessential stoner food. I can imagine it being a favorite of the after-hours club crowd, a restorative before sleeping off a night of partying. And since the place is open 24/7, you can get the chili, and everything else, whenever you want it.

Depending on the definition of “after-hours,” however, there’s always breakfast.

On a Saturday morning, things couldn’t be more wholesome, packed with intergenerational families; the patrons at any given table seem to range from 8 months old to 80-plus years.

You can get special pancakes with chocolate chips, but eggs are the better option. For less than $7, order an omelet the size of a paperback novel with the works, meaning vegetables, sausage, bacon and cheese. The toast on the side is brushed with salty melted butter. It’s quite rich and better for it.

In addition to the nostalgia of hearty short-order food, Tolly-Ho fills a few other niches.

First, a locally owned eatery that never closes is welcome. Sure, you can go to a chain, but why?

Second, believe it or not, there is great music. The choices from the inconspicuous jukebox on the wall range from jazz guitar great Grant Green to George Michael and Wham!’s Careless Whisper to smoother listening. Who would not prefer this to canned noise?

Last, in a similarly inconspicuous way, there is convenience-store upselling. I don’t think about combining shopping for a T-shirt or six-pack with my meal, but there is probably an audience for this.

There is a time and a place for every kind of dining. High-end spots can be great, but they often have far to fall, whereas at places like Tolly-Ho, everything is exactly as expected: easygoing, affordable, a blast from the past and a local institution.

Wendy Miller is a Lexington-based food and spirits writer and critic.

 

Grand Re-Opening

 

OpenWe’ve done a dry run and our opening time/date are set.

Tolly-Ho will reopen on Thursday, May 19 at 6:00 AM.

We had a dry run on Tuesday night with employees, Ho family and those that have helped us with the move. The employees had an operations meeting to discuss changes at the new location and we tested our new kitchen layout. We trained some new hires for the first time, and we fed around 100 people. The Tolly-Dough baker was on hand handing out samples of the new sticky buns – which were delicious.

Earlier on Tuesday we had our full inspections with all of the equipment in place. Since Sunday, people have been working hard 24 hours a day to get everything moved and set up. The new Coke menus are in place. (We’ve switched from Pepsi to Coke – that means happy Coke drinkers and sad Mountain Dew drinkers.) The updated Ho-Mart is stocked and looking pretty nice. The new 6-seat booths were a big hit, as was the counter seating in the front window. The building is wired for sound inside and out for the juke box. There was plenty of parking for everyone. Nobody had to park on the street or pay to park. It was a great night thanks to all of the hard working employees.

Keep an eye out over the next few weeks and months as we slowly make more changes. We’ll be adding salads, selling fruit-filled pancakes 24-hours, offering fantastic Tolly-Ho all-natural treats, and will eventually add curbside carryout.

 

Our Moving Date

 

Tolly-Ho at 606 S. Broadway - Our new building is still under construction and glowing in the sunset

It’s official! Construction is almost complete and we have set a moving date.

Our location at 395 S. Limestone will be closing Sunday morning at 5 am on May 15, 2011. From now until then is your last chance to swing by the old Ho.

History

We’ve been on Limestone for almost 25 years and have a lot of great memories there. We’ve seen a lot of customers pass through our doors and know a lot of people by name. We’re feeling pretty nostalgic. The Spring Semester at UK ended yesterday. And now we know that next week we’ll be moving. And although our employees will miss the place that a lot of them have called home for over a decade, we won’t have time to be sad.

New Location – 606 S Broadway

Tolly-Ho will be closed for three or four days while we transition to our new place a couple of blocks closer to Broadway. We’re moving some equipment, setting up registers, moving decor, and having employee meetings. We plan to reopen on either Wednesday or Thursday, May 18 or 19. Our opening time will be at 6 am, just in time to stop and get a hot breakfast sandwich and a $0.69 breakfast coffee. To find out the exact opening date, keep checking on our website and Facebook.

We have some great plans for our new location. You’ll still be able to get your favorite burgers, sides, shakes and breakfasts. But we’re expanding our menu to include some salads, specialty pancakes, and more. Swing by and check out the new menu at the end of the week.

Old Location – 395 S Limestone

We do have some changes planned for our old S Limestone location. We’ll still be a restaurant, though you won’t be able to get burgers and fries. We’ll sell cold sandwiches, salads and such, and will have less seating. We’re really focusing on our great dessert spread. We’ll have sundaes, shakes, and a beautiful banana split. We’ll also have some special treats. We’re also making way for an expanded Ho-Mart. We’ll sell cigarettes, bottled drinks, beer, snacks, and other convenience store items. Over time, we’ll expand Ho-Mart to include all of the things you need. This updated location on South Limestone Street will reopen the following week.


So the breakdown is this:

  • May 6 – University of Kentucky finals end
  • May 15 at 5:00 am – Tolly-Ho on S. Limestone St is closing it’s doors
  • May 18 or 19 at 6:00 am – The new location 1/3 mi away will open at 606 S. Broadway. (That’s a 5 minute walk for the average person – 3 if you have long legs)
  • Week of  May 23 – Tolly-Ho / Ho-Mart on South Limestone reopens with cold sandwiches, fabulous treats, and a bigger convenience store.
 

New Location Update

 

The View from the Street

Tolly-Ho In Progress

Work is coming along nicely on our new location. If you’ve driven by our new building at 606 South Broadway, you may have noticed our first sign going up. The familiar Tolly-Ho awning has been installed over the new front door.

There’s still lots planned for the outside of the building. There’s talk of neon and landscaping. There will definitely be no parking in front of the building – only along the sides. There will be TONS of parking compared to our old location. Also, several months after opening, we’ll be adding a Curbside Carryout called “Ho-To-Go”. You’ll pull your car up to the side entrance and a server will bring out your Ho food!

Inside Edition

Early Construction Later Construction View from the Entry

Inside, construction is still a work in progress. The floors and walls are mostly completed. The new counters are in, and some of the frames for the menu boards are up. Ho Mart is in place. But there’s still a lot of work to be done.

The final result will be a bigger, more robust Tolly-Ho with more walking space, more elbow room near the counter, a more organized work space for us, and maybe even some cooler new booths. It will still have the same feel as our current location, the same games, the same employees, and of course, the same great food!

Sweet Surprise

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In addition to opening a new location of Tolly-Ho, we will be opening a bakery across town. We use a variety of breads in Tolly-Ho, including both small and large sesame seed buns, Ho-made hoagie rolls, raisin bread, wheat and white bread, and Texas Toast – to hit the high notes.

After spending years looking around town for our bread, we have been disappointed time and time again. While planning the upgrades to Tolly-Ho, we were inspired create our own bakery. To ensure consistency and quality, our buns and rolls will now be made by our own Tolly-Dough.

Tolly-Dough will also be responsible for making some special treats such as muffins and sticky buns that will be baked fresh as a daily special in the mornings (while they last). These will be available at Tolly-Ho as well as in the retail shop of Tolly-Dough. We’ll have more information on that coming soon.

Opening Schedule

As the old construction saying goes, expect your construction project to cost twice as much and take twice as long as you planned. We had hoped to open during the spring semester. We’re pushing hard on that deadline and are on track to open in a few weeks. As soon as we have an opening date, it will be posted on our calendar, on the front page, and on the news page.

So stay posted. To get the news first, you can subscribe to our RSS feed. Or, if you’re the more relaxed type, swing by the restaurant on Limestone. The staff working the line will be happy to let you know as soon as the date is announced.

 

New Location

 

Tolly-Ho Restaurant first opened its doors in November of 1971 across Winslow Street from its current location at what used to be 108 W. Euclid Ave. In May of 1987, one of the founders – Bob Holopeter – relocated the restaurant to its current location at 395 S. Limestone. In the Spring of 2011, we will be moving to 606 S. Broadway.

We have happily rented the building we are in for many years and have been waiting for the right opportunity to purchase a building of our own for the last couple of years. We have made what we considered substantial offers on properties in the past but it turns out we are just a little fish in a mighty big pond.

However, now the time is right and we have purchased a new location for Tolly-Ho. We’re very excited and are only waiting for the proper permits to begin construction.

We’ve been looking for a place of our own for years. We’re like that young married couple that’s been renting and saving and is excited about buying our own home. Never mind that we’re 40 years old – we’re young at heart!

If you’re concerned that we’re going to redecorate and change Tolly-Ho – don’t be! As a restaurant, compare us to our menu. Over the years, we’ve added sandwiches, we’ve taken things off the menu. We’ve made new omelets and moved things around. But the core items that make Tolly-Ho what it is have never changed. When you walk into the new building, you’ll look around and see new stuff. You’ll see the same counter and the same wood walls. You’ll see the familiar paddles but the new reversed layout of the building. But you’ll walk in and it will FEEL like Tolly-Ho. You’ll feel comfortable in a business suit, a prom gown, or all sweaty in your running shoes straight from the 5k. And the new location is a quick 3-minute walk from the old location and most importantly – will have 15 TIMES MORE PARKING!!! So don’t get too excited yet. We’re waiting for our restaurant permit before we start doing any real work. Then it will take some time to complete the renovations. The new location has a bit more space, so we’re planning a more organized kitchen so our cooks don’t bump into each other so much when we’re busy. The dining room will be bigger, so you’ll have more elbow room to play video games while waiting for your food. But don’t worry, we aren’t expanding and we aren’t turning into a chain. Tolly-Ho will still be the same old Tolly-Ho you know and love.

We’re expecting to open in early 2011. And we want our loyal Tolly-Ho customers to be involved as soon as we get started. We want your input, opinions and support! As for the rumor about us closing up – the longest you may have to do without your Tolly-Ho fix is several days while we move the last of the fixtures from the old location to the new. The counter and the grill will be the last to go, but every last old friend will go with us!

 

Purchase Gift Cards Online

 

You can order Tolly-Ho Gift Cards online. Gift Cards make great birthday, holiday and any-day gifts. They’re good for any of your friends, family, coworkers or employees that can appreciate our great prices, quality food, and unique atmosphere. Tolly-Ho gift cards never expire and don’t have any fees if you don’t use them.

There’s a web address on the back of the card where you can view your balance and reload the card.

Check out our Shop Page to purchase our gift cards now. All purchases are made through Paypal. You can make orders for in-store pickup or pay for reasonable shipping to your home.

 

Best Burger In Kentucky

 

USA TodayTolly-Ho was named the best burger joint in the state of Kentucky in the October 1, 2010 edition of USA Today. We’ve had several local awards and mentions over the years. Not to diminish those, but it’s especially exciting to see our name in such a widely read and respected national newspaper. It’s a great feeling to get local (and now national!) recognition for the hard work we put into our food, our people, and our restaurant.

Check out the USA Today article that contains the Tolly-Ho blurb and the recommendations for the other great burger joints across the country.

Finally, we’d like to extend our thanks to the editor of Kentucky Monthly magazine for the nomination to USA Today.

 

Parking Change

 

For returning students, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that Limestone Street construction in front of Tolly-Ho is now complete. Considering this took just a few weeks short of a year, we are extremely happy to have this out of the way. The bad news is that there is now less parking than last year in front of the restaurant.

Last semester there was double-deep parking in front of Tolly-Ho, but the building is under new ownership. There are now only 4 parking spots in front of the building. However, there is more street parking and the meters are free after 5pm and on weekends. And generally, our daytime customers are walking from class or from work and are already parked anyway.

And speaking of parking, make sure you check out our future plans for more Tolly-Ho parking in the “Our Location” section of the About Us Page.

I’m sure you seniors remember the days when careful parking in front of the building could get 9-10 cars out there, but those days are no more. Be careful if you double park out there for more than a quick carryout order. The police are ticketing for anyone parking on the sidewalk. And we prefer to write your tickets, not the police.

 

New Website

 

If you’ve been to the site before, you may be startled by our new look. Welcome to the new web!

The goal with this new website was to reflect more of the personality of Tolly-Ho and give those who have never visited us a feel for what we’re about. If you do know all about us, you may be asking yourself – if Tolly-Ho is a small business with no advertising budget, how can they have such an AWESOME website? Well, Roy – that’s the owner – is well known around here for cultivating talent. In this case, Stephenie – webmaster extraordinaire – has worked at Tolly-Ho since 1993. She was a server for a couple of years, the day shift manager for 7 years, then worked part-time as she went to school full-time. Now her passion on the side is Web Programming and she wanted the opportunity to play with the Tolly-Ho site for the cost of the software/hardware to build it. We hope you enjoy it. If you think it’s cool – send kudos. If you hate it, well – consider what we paid for it! Ha!

 

Our Location

 

Tolly-Ho Restaurant first opened its doors in November of 1971 across Winslow Street from its current location at what used to be 108 W. Euclid Ave. In May of 1987, one of the founders – Bob Holopeter – relocated the restaurant to its current location at 395 S. Limestone.

We have happily rented the building we are in for many years and have been waiting for the right opportunity to purchase a building of our own for the last couple of years. We have made what we considered substantial offers on properties in the past but it turns out we are just a little fish in a mighty big pond. However, now the time is right and we have signed a contract and completed the paperwork on a new location for Tolly-Ho. We’re very excited and have only waited to tell everyone because the proper permits have not been issued by the city. Those have been filed and are up for review. However, we have heard and seen many rumors flying around and thought we should address a few of those.

We’ve been looking for a place of our own for years. We’re like that young married couple that’s been renting and saving and is excited about buying our own home. Never mind that we’re 40 years old – we’re young at heart!

If you’re concerned that we’re going to redecorate and change Tolly-Ho – don’t be! As a restaurant, compare us to our menu. Over the years, we’ve added sandwiches, we’ve taken things off the menu. We’ve made new omelets and moved things around. But the core items that make Tolly-Ho what it is have never changed. When you walk into the new building, you’ll look around and see new stuff. You’ll see the same counter and the same wood walls. You’ll see the familiar paddles but the new reversed layout of the building. But you’ll walk in and it will FEEL like Tolly-Ho. You’ll feel comfortable in a business suit, a prom gown, or all sweaty in your running shoes straight from the 5k. And the new location is a quick 3-minute walk from the old location and most importantly – will have 15 TIMES MORE PARKING!!! So don’t get too excited yet. We’re waiting for our restaurant permit before we start doing any real work. Then it will take some time to complete the renovations. The new location has a bit more space, so we’re planning a more organized kitchen so our cooks don’t bump into each other so much when we’re busy. The dining room will be bigger, so you’ll have more elbow room to play video games while waiting for your food. But don’t worry, we aren’t expanding and we aren’t turning into a chain. Tolly-Ho will still be the same old Tolly-Ho you know and love.

We’re expecting to open in early 2011. And we want our loyal Tolly-Ho customers to be involved as soon as we get started. We want your input, opinions and support! As for the rumor about us closing up – the longest you may have to do without your Tolly-Ho fix is several days while we move the last of the fixtures from the old location to the new. The counter and the grill will be the last to go, but every last old friend will go with us!