From Real Estate Developer to Pizza Man

Jim McGown wanted a career change. So he bought a pub, learned from the locals, and opened a restaurant that does a few simple things well
Real Estate Developer McGown once bought and sold buildings, now he flips pizza. STACY PERMAN

Wearing shorts, t-shirt, and baseball cap, real estate developer Jim McGown is kneading balls of handmade dough, tossing them in the air, catching them, then shaping them into pizzas. Not long ago, McGown, who holds a degree in pure mathematics from the University of Miami, was buying properties all over Brooklyn. But for the past three years he has tossed his 10-year career in real estate aside and transformed himself into a traditional piazzaiolo.

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