Louis Canelakes, owner of Louie's on Henderson Avenue in Dallas, died on Sunday November 10, at age 58. A friend of the family said Canelakes was in the hospital for pneumonia; the Dallas Morning News described it as a lingering illness.
Before opening Louie's, Canelakes was a bartender at Joe Miller's on McKinney Avenue, in the space now occupied by The Loon.
Canelakes and his brother Chris opened Louie's in 1987, in the then-unsettled location of Henderson Avenue. Its thin-crust pizza and casual atmosphere made it a legendary hangout for journalists and local politicians, even despite the limited parking, taciturn staff, and policy of taking only cash or American Express.
Louie's got a welcome boost when it was featured on Diners Drive-ins and Dives in 2009. "The closest thing to real Chicago, thin-crust pizza that you're likely to find outside of Chicago," said one Facebook commenter. "Two guys from Waukegan come to Dallas and bring Chicago thin-crust pizza, what's not to like?" said another.
Canelakes was married and had triplets who are sophomores in college. Services have not yet been announced.