On one of my first trips to Louisville, we visited Spinelli’s Pizzeria parlor on Baxter, which has become one of Louisville’s best pizza parlors. Since its conception and opening in September 2004, the restaurant has been growing steadily and with Brian Gaughan’s artistic vision and influence, it was only going to be a matter of time before the place became a lowrider-themed bar and restaurant. Spinelli’s location on Dixie Highway has also been a big milestone for the restaurant, as Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville was on hand to cut the red ribbon during the grand opening festivities. Since the ribbon cutting ceremony this new location has been every bit as successful as the original store.
The full bar features graphics and artwork done by the lowrider industry’s own Josh Culver, who is also known for his work with Culver Customs. If you have ever followed any of the Lowrider Paint Panel Jams; you’ve seen some of his artwork alongside the industry’s best. This bar features a flake base that was laid out with pearl fades, multicolor, tape shades, custom airbrushing, and a variety of gold leafing. Some of the intricate designs are as if you were looking at a lowrider paintjob during a super show! If you do drop by, don’t worry about the beautiful artwork getting damaged, as the complete piece was protected with restaurant industrial resin that was designed for commercial usage. With lowrider artwork throughout the space, and a car-themed restaurant and bar; it was only natural that we feature Spinelli’s in our pages.