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January 29, 2013

UNIQUE TAKE ON TACOS: Jeffersonville native’s locally focused Mexican restaurant celebrates one year

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Likewise, Sowder also participates in programs that help the community grow. Charitable organizations are invited to benefit nights in which 25 percent of food sales are donated to them. He’s also heavily involved in helping local refugees by hiring employees from that population as well as purchasing produce from their community garden spaces. On average, Sowder said he pays all his workers 20 percent more than the industry average.

“I’ve had guys come in from construction, a lot of musicians and artists people like that who are good with their hands and work well,” Sowder said. “I train them and turn them in to good cooks.”

So will Taco Punk expand to other areas anytime soon? Sowder said, when creating his business, he designed it to be a multilocation enterprise. With the rise of health-conscious fast food growing on both coasts, the Louisville area should see an increased expansion of this variety of restaurant regardless. 

“It’s definitely on the table for Taco Punk to expand to other Midwestern and Southern cities,” he said. “It’s a definite possibility.”

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Students of the Renaissance Academy's inaugural freshman class placed the final piece of the puzzle on a presentation board at the opening ceremony in Clarksville Tuesday morning. The students, or learners as termed by the RA, will play an integral role in their own education, using hands-on and project based curriculum to learn new information.

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