Best Local Impresario - 2008
With his impressive lineup of current destinations (Blueberry Hill, the Pageant and Pin-Up Bowl, to name a few) Joe Edwards could be the perennial winner of this category just by resting on his laurels. But that's not Joe's style. In the past twelve months, our town's favorite promoter/developer has opened the impressive Flamingo Bowl on Washington Avenue downtown and commenced construction on his largest project to date: the $23 million Moonrise Hotel in the Delmar Loop. When completed in April, the seven-story structure will feature 125 rooms, a first-floor restaurant and a rooftop bar complete with a ten-foot-high rotating moon. When the American Planning Association named Delmar one of the "10 Great Streets in America," everyone knew the one person without whom it wouldn't have been possible.