More than 40 business licenses issued in February

Brenda White, left, pays Marda Thompson for an order as Pasta Fresca owner Patrick Johans takes an order over the phone. Pasta Fresca is at the corner of Dunklin and Monroe streets.

Brenda White, left, pays Marda Thompson for an order as Pasta Fresca owner Patrick Johans takes an order over the phone. Pasta Fresca is at the corner of Dunklin and Monroe streets. Photo by Julie Smith.

Exploiting the hasty pace of a working-class lunch hour, a local entrepreneur is carving out his niche as a provider of quality dishes for customers with a cluttered schedule.

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Patrick Johans, owner of the newly opened Pasta Fresca, hopes to appeal to people in search of a quick, affordable meal in the midst of their workday by delivering their food eight to 10 minutes after it is ordered, he said.

“If you have a short lunch, we can make it work,” Johans said.

Pasta Fresca is one of more than 40 businesses granted city business licenses recently.

Johans is also planning to specialize in carry-out and will expand to catering soon, he said.

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