Goodfellas Pizzeria to open first Louisville location in the Highlands


Goodfellas Pizzeria is planning to open a restaurant at 650 Baxter Ave. in December. This is a rendering of the dining space.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Alex Coats is about to realize a plan he has had been dreaming of for almost a decade: Opening one of his New York-style pizza restaurants in Louisville.

Goodfellas Pizzeria — which Coats said he and business partner Eric Boggs first launched when he was 25 with a 650 square-foot store in his hometown of Lexington — will open a ground-level shop 650 Baxter Ave. as part of a mixed-use development, The Baxter.

Coats said he is hoping to hold a grand opening of the restaurant — which is by the intersection of Baxter Avenue and Broadway — in December, right around the holidays.

Sitting at a table in the roughly 6,300 square-foot space Wednesday as construction crews worked, Coats told me that the restaurant’s by-the-slice offering is its most popular draw.