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JUN 2019

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 6.19 67 later, she remembered the rehouse, which was still available. She says she'd love it to be a late-night or 24-hour diner, but she's not quite ready to take that step. "I told my sta• that this year is a big experiment," Hurley-Magnuson says. "Not to whether we're going to be open or closed, but basically to see how the community wants to use this space." In August 2015, Shawn and Inga Arvin nished renovating their Portland home and celebrated by throwing a block party with live music, face-painting and 800 of their neighbors. ˆe couple sold their Crescent Hill home to buy one in Portland that had been abandoned for two decades. It had some baggage beyond necessary repairs: It came with the former Boys & Girls Club next door. ˆey turned this into what became Love City, testing out a sh fry in the concession stand next to the complex's gym. "To help us pay for the lights in the building," Shawn says. ˆey sold 15 pieces of sh that rst Friday. Since that weekend in late 2015, Love City has created a basketball program for kids, hosted summer school and started a Girl Scout troop, tutoring program and preschool. ˆe Arvins have squeezed a greenhouse between two houses, hoping to grow fresh vegetables for neighbors. Love City has grown so quickly that Shawn left his 20-year career in supply-chain logistics to run it. "We came into the community and spent a great amount of our time listening and seeing what the community needed, versus what I could bring to them," Shawn says. Soon, they were up to 400 sh sandwiches each Friday — nearly too many for the cramped, one-room concession stand more suitable for chips and soda. When the former St. Cecilia Church bingo hall went up for sale, the Arvins purchased it, too. About a block away from Love City's headquarters, the building included a fully equipped commercial kitchen next to a large dining area. Porkland BBQ was born. "We ended up starting that restaurant with $1,600," Shawn says. Bright-blue and green walls stretch through the dining room, adorned with a hand-painted mural of pigs holding hands. An oversized fork hides behind the pick-up counter. An even more enlarged lava lamp stands against a wall next to half of a vintage Volkswagen Beetle, the hood painted with red and yellow ›owers. ˆe menu is simple but delicious: hunks of fried sh on sliced rye, messy bologna sandwiches loaded with two types of barbeque sauce and spicy Grippo's chips, corn on the cob slathered in chili powder, nacho cheese and white barbecue sauce. A hefty meal at Porkland costs $10 or less. For those who cannot a•ord to pay, the restaurant o•ers a deal similar to the Table's — patrons can volunteer their time cleaning dishes in the kitchen or running plates to the dining room. ˆe restaurant, which operates ve days a week, helps to fund Love City. ˆis summer, they'll renovate the area above the gym to create a "co-share" space for aiding new businesses in marketing, social media and nance. "We're just some people who said, 'I'll move there; how can I help?'" Shawn says. "I don't really see what we're doing as radical. I believe anybody can do this. We're nothing extraordinary. Everybody can love their neighbor." Farm to Fork's Sherry Hurley-Magnuson; the restaurant's Power Salad.

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