December not only brings revenue to our favorite holiday outlets, but also to our friends at Loui’s [Ed.—While its website spells it “Louis,” the sign, pictured above, spells it “Loui’s.” We’re going to go with the sign on this one], who, bless ‘em, fire up the grills and prepare eggs any way you like at 5 a.m., just in time to get you over the finals-season all-nighter hump. (Although some of us prefer the pumpkin pancakes, and wonder if anyone, ever, has ordered the fish and chips.)
While you barely may be able to keep your eyes open at that hour, you may have noticed the eclectic artwork and hangings that adorn every foot of Loui’s wall space. What you may not know is some of the history and thought behind some of the more noteworthy of these pieces. Blog took a few morning trips to Loui’s, had a look around, and sat down with Johnny—the owner and son of the legendary Louis—himself.
Our trips and learnings culminated into BlogDH’s Original Loui’s I-SPY GAME! RISD museum, ShmISD museum—the walls of Loui’s are where it’s at.
Next time you make the trip to Loui’s, see if you can spy the following artworks of interest, and comment with any other odd and delightful curios you come across!
- According to Johnny, the first piece ever hung up was a photo of Louis and his brother dressed to serve in World War Two. Try to find the original photo hanging above the bar.
- The photo is also featured on the Loui’s T-shirt, which can be found hanging under a pirate hat, as well as in this caricature of Louis, painted by Leah Tinari RISD ’99.
- Three (3) toothy lizard sculptures.
- The angel and wasp’s nest. The wasp’s nest was a gift form former Providence Police Sgt. Egan, who compelled Johnny to hang it above the angel after seeing in it the face of Jesus.
- While you’re at it, see if you can find the nice obituaries of (the original) Louis Gianfrancesco among the photos.
- Salman Rushdie. According to Johnny, most art pieces displayed at Loui’s are gifts. This whole statue was a birthday gift to Johnny from his employees.
- You’ll know “Mr. Conehead” when you see him. He was a gift from a Brown med student whose true desire was to be an artist, and was only in Med School because of parental pressure (sound familiar to anyone?).
- Where’s Waldo? There’s Waldo.
- This papier-mâché bust was a gift from Johnny’s girlfriend. Don’t get too close.
- Elvis didn’t die, he just went to Mars.
- See if you can find a photo of a Brown grad naked under a counter (or is she in an oven?).
- There are no fewer than three Guy Fieris. Two photographs, and one graffito.
- Johnny said the newest masterpiece, which he just hung up, is in the Women’s room. Your two bloggers were, needless to say, unable to secure a photo.