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JAN 2017

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dessertsfirst.eventbrite.com kye-s.com LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 12.16 65 Frank Tooley opened his shop in 1979. He once thought he'd never offer lunch, instead just keeping it a meat and produce store. Once he started, he just couldn't stop. The profits were too good. Tooley, a tall, green-eyed man of "let's just say 55" years old, says his secret to success is simple. He serves a damn good lunch for $5. "My son says I'm too cheap. But you see what cheap does," he says, smiling at the long line. "Cheap and volume go well together." Tooley offers a handful of lunch specials seven days a week. The pulled pork reigns as a favorite. On this day, my options include a barbecue chicken breast sand- wich, hamburger or pork chop sandwich. Each for $5. I order the chicken and a side of cucumber salad. A friend orders the hamburger. Upon opening our Styrofoam cubes, we marvel at the hamburger patty that is nearly as thick as a dime-store romance novel. So hefty is this burger, a plastic knife struggles. One, two, three attempts and finally the knife slices the sandwich into half-moons. At lunch, Frank's is always busy. But food comes quick. The woman at the checkout doesn't mess with small talk. A quick hello to familiar faces, that's it. (When her helper informs her they have run out of crackers to give with chili, she doesn't even pause from punching buttons on the register. "You're giving too many," she snaps, quickly ducking down to grab more.) When the noon hour nears and cars overflow from Frank's lot onto a side street, the McDonald's next door looks lonely. — Anne Marshall

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