Rise

Mario serves up a slice of Italy at Fat Lorenzo’s

The smell of oregano and other earthy spices hit you immediately when you open the door to Fat Lorenzo’s Italian restaurant in South Minneapolis. You just know you’re in for something special from their award-winning menu!

Rise Employment Consultant Amber Barnes was excited one day this summer when she stopped to check in with Mario Bowie. Amber had worked with Mario to put together a career plan and assisted him in finding a good job there earlier this year.

“Mario was hired as a dishwasher in April, but when I stopped in Fat Lorenzo’s, he was making pizzas and served me my order! I was so pleased for and proud of him.”

Mario, who is 25, has worked at a lot of different jobs that didn’t quite work out. But he really enjoys having a good, steady job at Fat Lorenzo’s and was able to move into his own apartment earlier this year.

“I do whatever they need me to do,” Mario said. “It’s good team work. “I hope to work here a long time.”

This article appears in the December 2019 issue of the Rise Reporter.

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