|Kaysen in front of Merchant, his upcoming venture in Minneapolis's North Loop|
Flashback to 1995. A young Gavin Kaysen is at work.
He's slicing fresh tomatoes by the case. One by one, they fall under the spell of his knife. Lettuce is on the block next. It's almost lunchtime in the business district, and he's anticipating a busy rush. Prepping for a steady stream of hungry suits, Gavin quickens his knife-work to double time.
The door swings open, and the first familiar face walks in.
Grabbing his essentials, he deftly arranges lunch for a regular. This guy has come in every day this week and ordered the same thing. Six-inch roast beef on whole wheat, everything, no jalapenos, extra mustard.
"Hey Frank, it's at the register."
Frank pays and leaves. Heads start to turn. Murmurs ripple through the line that extends out the door.
Gavin greets the next guest. "Welcome to Subway. What can I get for you?"
George Serra, who owns Pasta Time next door, orders a tuna sandwich. Same thing as last week. Gavin makes the order, rings him up, and watches as George walks out the door. He promptly throws the sandwich in the garbage can.
Mr. Serra has done this for the past month.
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