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FOOD | ARTS | COMMUNITY | STYLE+LEISURE Fried Green Tomato Sandwich Wild Berry Froze For the first half of this year, he kicked around town, hoping for a cooking job. “I was sick and tired of worrying about bills, rent, all the details. I did not want to be an owner, I just wanted to cook.” But fate came calling. “Lowbrow just fell into my lap. In April, I heard it was available. I had a month to get the money together. And we opened in June.” Closing down for July 4th weekend so he, his wife and his business partner, Christopher Ray, could give the place a good scrub down, refurbish the rest rooms and start to make the place feel – well – feel like home. It's a locals kind of spot; casual, solid food, kitschy wall paper, cozy bar area. Not too big. And here at Lowbrow, Sheely, who had just confided that he never wanted to be an owner/boss again, does feel at home. It‘s a locals kind of spot; casual, solid food, kitschy wall paper, cozy bar area. Not too big. “I can see every table from those two windows,” says Sheely indicating the windows in the swinging doors that lead to the kitchen. He checks in with his chef Michael Blacke, head huddles with his partner Ray, hustles plates out to the tables to customers, shakes a few hands here and there. And on Saturday and Sunday when Lowbrow rocks brunch, he grabs a bowl or two of tater tots has h with gravy. “I have to have a bowl or two every brunch – I think I gained at least 10 pounds from that hash,” he confesses with a chuckle. september 17 | L O C A L 25