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MAY 2019

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30 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 5.19 THE BIT A BIT OF HISTORY FROM U OF L ARCHIVES AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS It may not reflect its cosmopolitan image today, but this 1938 photo of the original layout of Bardstown Road's Jack Fry's restaurant holds the keys to the eatery's mythology — namely, boxing and horse-racing aficionado Jack Fry himself at left behind the bar, his wife Flossie (to his right with corsage), and the original pressed-tin ceiling and checkerboard linoleum floor. Supposedly, the bar/restaurant opened five years earlier, but then what's with the new, unpainted walls and all the opening-day markers, including an extravagant floral spread? Maybe a remodel? Considering that Prohibition ended in '33, that would have been prime time to start up a bar serving drinks and plate lunches prepared by Flossie. The Frys, who lived upstairs, ran the place until 1972, when it was sold and became the Mexican restaurant Por Que No for 10 years. The New American upscaling began in 1982 and culminated with notable restaurateur Susan Seiller's purchase of it in 1987, the same year Jack Fry died. Today it's owned by Stephanie Meeks, who's kept her loyalty to the Jack Fry's look and menu — a magnet for Louisville's fine-dining elite. — Jack Welch

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