Louisville’s Jake and Elwood’s serves Chicago style pizza, hot dogs


I’ve always loved pizza. But as a child, there were really only two types of pie I was accustomed to: the bland, cardboard-like rectangular pieces that were served at school, and the personal pans I earned from Pizza Hut’s BOOK IT! program. Needless to say, I did a whole lot of reading and was obsessed with those miniature slices — overcooked pepperoni and all.

Thankfully, I’ve come a long way since, and Louisville offers a plethora of pizza options. One is Jake and Elwood’s, a Frankfort Avenue restaurant that serves up Chicago-style deep dish pizzas and hot dogs. I sat down with owner John Thurlow to talk pizza making amid the pandemic.

A Chicago native, Thurlow was previously a programmer for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Though he’d never worked in the restaurant industry, he’d always wanted to open a Chicago-style restaurant.

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