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Blue Arby’s near Kentucky’s campus closes

Photo via Reddit

Photo via Reddit

If you’ve ever been around UK’s campus, you’ve seen the Blue Arby’s on Limestone across from campus. Built in 1994, the building has stood as an homage to the Wildcats, bucking the traditional Arby’s red for Kentucky blue…until now.

The Herald-Leader is reporting that the Blue Arby’s has closed, the second location to shutter its doors this year. Don’t worry; there are still nine Arby’s across Lexington, so plenty of places to get your curly fry fix. Given all the changes happening around Kentucky’s campus, it’s not really that surprising, and I don’t think I ever ate there, but looking at the pictures on the Herald-Leader’s website still made me a little sad.

Change happens, right?



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18 Comments for Blue Arby’s near Kentucky’s campus closes

  1. Based God
    11:05 am July 31, 2019 Permalink

    I went there once after class. Got a beef & cheddar. Made it all the way to the house before I opened it and realized there was no meat on it. Just cheese and bread. So that’s my only experience with the blue Arby’s.

    • notFromhere
      12:15 pm July 31, 2019 Permalink

      A lot of Arby’s do that. The one on Richmond Rd is managed well and makes the sandwixh look like the ads. Good people

  2. TOMCATS1990
    11:26 am July 31, 2019 Permalink

    Ate there once a long long time ago

  3. You Can Call Me Cal
    11:43 am July 31, 2019 Permalink

    Tragic. Ate there all the time in college

  4. Cincy Cayt
    11:49 am July 31, 2019 Permalink

    That place was a staple for my Gatton friends and me – such easy access when in a time crunch. Sad to see it go, but it’s not like anything else is the same from when I was there in 04-08…

    -Grumpy old man

    • notFromhere
      12:17 pm July 31, 2019 Permalink

      It is weird not seeing anything except government owned buildings. Part of the charm of UK campus was the diversity of businesses and store fronts. Gov sprall has made it more cold feeling

  5. notFromhere
    12:18 pm July 31, 2019 Permalink

    At least 3 arby’s have closed in the last 2 years. Who’s stealing their MEAT!?

  6. Peter Criss
    12:37 pm July 31, 2019 Permalink

    Did my Grad work in the Taylor Education Building and had many a curly fry from that fine establishment too. First Kennedy’s now that Arby’s. Progress…I guess.

    • J. Did
      4:17 pm July 31, 2019 Permalink

      I suspect this is all John “Why” Brown’s fault.

      First, he screwed-over The Colonel and drove that biz in the ground.

      Then he ran off Tolley Ho for ‘no good reason’ (some dumb cluck business).

      KFC lived; the HO lives.

      We’ll live.

  7. michaelb
    12:46 pm July 31, 2019 Permalink

    I used this Arby’s a lot in 2000-01

  8. Ridge Runner
    2:15 pm July 31, 2019 Permalink

    Dang it. Let’s color some other blgs blue then! I mean yeah…. let the red ones stay open, sure. But nooooo… the blue one has to be closed.

  9. UKCatAttack
    4:06 pm July 31, 2019 Permalink

    I remember when I was in school they’d put their coupons in the Kentucky Kernel newspaper. The line would be out the front door. Nothing like eating a buy BOGO roast beef sandwich in between classes. RIP Blue Arby’s.

    • UKCatAttack
      4:07 pm July 31, 2019 Permalink

      Also I drove by the other day and commented to my wife at least the blue Arby’s is still here. Not anymore I guess.

  10. A_Blue_Wildcat
    6:53 pm July 31, 2019 Permalink

    Remember eating there a bit a few years ago, was always one of the few people in there and wondered how long it would stay open lol

  11. MoscowMitchtheB!+(]-[McConnell
    8:25 pm July 31, 2019 Permalink

    Every building should be white….and red.

    • satcheluk
      9:32 pm July 31, 2019 Permalink

      I see what you did there, comrade!

  12. Birdsong23
    9:12 pm July 31, 2019 Permalink

    Is there still a blue Fazolis?

  13. satcheluk
    9:31 pm July 31, 2019 Permalink

    I lived a few blocks away my first time at UK (89-94), then came back for my second degree (01-04) and it was never blur up to that point. Not a very long tradition.