Louisville Magazine

JAN 2019

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gocards.com/fbtickets LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 1.19 41 expects to shoot past the magical million- dollar revenue threshold and post sales in excess of $1.5 million. Edwards says his average salary for full-time employees is $14 per hour, which places MozzaPi on par with many other local independent restaurants. "We have great people now, but it's taken a year to get there," Edwards says of his nearly 20-person staff. "What we try to do with our food is interrupt people. I'd like them to eat it and then take pause," Edwards says. "I feel like if they do that then I've done my job. People ask me about where I came up with the idea for the restaurant. I say, 'Well, no one told me no.' "I could probably build a consultancy business bigger faster, but it doesn't have the impact — and I already did that. I was making things better (as a consultant), moving things around, but ultimately it wasn't having the community impact." Edwards is as slender as a distance runner and youthful of countenance, clearly a man of action. He dresses in comfortable suburban-weekend clothing and moves seemingly tirelessly through the day. Despite the fast pace, he nonetheless can summon tremendous powers of concentration, which evidence themselves in furrows etched above his brow. "He describes himself as ADD with laser focus," his sister Lori says. About three years ago as he was building MozzaPi, Edwards suffered an unusual cancer scare. After bouts of pain and passing blood in his urine, he was told by a doctor in the hospital, accompanied by an intern and a priest, that test results showed a grapefruit- size tumor on his bladder that would require immediate surgery — only to find out early the next week after scoping by a urologist that the hospital must have mistaken another person's scan with his. Edwards' bladder was normal and his symptoms were gone after two weeks. e experience, though, was life- altering. "You can't come out of something like that and not be a different person," he says. "I breathed the air deeply before. I really did. But I breathe it deeper now." He says that after contemplating his mortality within a one- to five-year time frame, he came away thinking one year is way too short but that he would have been "Zen OK" with five. "I believe in reinventing myself every five years," Edwards says later as he picks his way through a debris-strewn former boiler house at Distillery Commons, site of his planned second location. is red-brick structure of one and a half stories is separated from the adjacent multi-use complex at Lexington

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