Our story

Wooden Paddle was founded in 2013 by a couple of married college drop-outs with almost no restaurant knowledge and even less money. Since then, we’ve learned a bit and, thankfully, hired a team that’s much smarter than us, so Wooden Paddle continues to grow.

(630) 326-8150

Meet our people

These are the people who make it happen everyday. They’re scrappy, they come with batteries included, and while they take their work seriously, they don’t take themselves too seriously. This here’s the dream team.

Wanna join us? Apply here!

Jonathan Cowan

Jonathan Cowan

(Mr. Extrovert)

First Job: Cashier at Taylor St. Pizza of McHenry
Fave WP Pizza: Pepperonly
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family, beating my boys in fantasy football, golfing, listening to books on audible, and admiring architecture

Brianna Cowan

Brianna Cowan

(Ms. How Can We Make This Even Better)

First Job: Riverside Chocolate Factory
Fave WP Pizza: Full of Bulgogi
Hobbies/Interests: Reading like they’re about to burn all the world’s books, biking, interior design, thrifting



General Manager

First Job: Skyline Chili
Fave WP Pizza: Smoke + ‘Shrooms
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, reading way too late into the night, figure skating, singing, hiking, comic books, anime



Director of Events and Catering
(Ms. Zhuzh It Up)

First Job: Cashier at Chipain’s Grocery store
Fave WP Pizza: Pretty Fly with Spinach
Hobbies/Interests: Running, triathlons, hanging out with my kids and dogs, sewing, baking, and reading


Director of Culinary

First Job: Cook at McDonald’s
Fave WP Pizza: The Buzzkil
Hobbies/Interests: Fishing, canoeing, and weight lifting


Executive Strategic Partner
(Ms. Behind The Scenes)

First Job: Dress Consultant at Kathryn’s Bridal
Fave WP Pizza: Greens, Eggs, + Ham
Hobbies/Interests: Gardening, helping people move, spending QT with my favorite people, packing for trips, returning items I’ve purchased (I know, I know), and cooking whilst listening to jazz


Floor Manager
(Ms. Always Thinking)

First Job: Salon Assistant
Fave WP Pizza: Great Balls of Fire
Hobbies/Interests: Sleeping


Lead Event Chef
(Mr. Photogentic)

First Job: Old Town Pizza
Fave WP Pizza: The Buzzkill
Hobbies/Interests: Playing basketball, video games, and playing drums


Sous Chef


The nitty gritty details

Lemont Location

212 Stephen St.
Lemont, IL 60439

(630) 326-8150


Monday-Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday: Brunch 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
              11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday: Brunch 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
               11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

La Grange Location

Coming soon-ish.

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