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Wounded pizza store owner says he'll reopen business

A pizza shop owner promises that a robber's bullet will not bring his business to an end.

Two Sundays ago on the 5th, Adam Tatem took a .38 to the gut during a robbery at his Oak Street Pizza store in Old Louisville.

He's one week out of the hospital now and finding plenty of support.

The sign on the front door says Oak Street Pizza is closed temporarily.

Neighbor Anne Slattery dropped off herbs and spices from her garden for shop owner Adam Tatem.

"I'm still overwhelmed by the whole process," Tatem said at an auction held for his benefit in downtown Louisville Thursday night.

That process includes the sudden interruption of Tatem's life, and the help and support from friends -- and strangers -- after he was shot during a robbery at his store October 5th.

Tatem's the sole proprietor.

The store's closed as he heals, slowly from his wounds.

"I never realized how much people outside of Old Louisville really care about whether we make it or not," Tatem said.

Organizers from locally-owned restuarants and Old Louisville raised several thousand dollars to help Tatem return to business.  He has no medical insurance.

"If we can forestall a bankruptcy, or Adam going out of business, or if we can help him at this time with his bills, then we've accomplished something incredible," said Matt Landan, owner of Derby City Espresso.  Landan was an organizer of the benefit for Tatem.

Word of Tatem's injuries and his subsequent needs spread quickly among local restaurant owners and Old Louisville area customers and friends.

"He's just open and wonderful and just very welcoming. I really think he's working hard to make a success out of this business," said Slattery, an Old Louisville resident and restaurant server.

Tatem wants to reopen on Oak Street perhaps in four-to-six weeks.

"I would like to be open sooner, but you know, my body is just not ready to write that check."

Tatem says he still tires easily as his body heals. 

He's "truly grateful" for the help.

Louisville police have not solved the robbery case.

If you have any information, call the anonymous tip line at 574-LMPD.


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