One of the downsides to most road trips is the amount of junk food you eat while on the road.
If you find yourself in Miami, Florida looking for a healthier choice than your standard fast-food fare, there will soon be a better option available to you. In March, NBA star Ray Allen and his wife, Shannon Allen are opening up Grown, an organic fast-food restaurant.
The restaurant was inspired by their son’s battle with Type 1 diabetes. The couple has struggled to provide him with the right kind of food, while maintaining the family’s busy lifestyle. Shannon, who is a cooking show host, decided that she no longer wanted to wait for someone to create a place that met their needs. She realized that she could do it on her own and began making plans to put the restaurant concept into action.
After working with the executive chef of the Rainforest Café, Allen created a menu that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner items that range from $4-$18. The menu includes locally sourced, organic soups, salads and sandwiches. They offer a menu of gluten-free baked goods, fruit smoothies and organic coffee as well. The menu is designed so that customers can utilize drive-through, carry-out, and grab-and-go options, in order to consume clean, healthy meals.
Not only is the food good for you, but the daily operations and the building of the restaurant is also good for the environment. In order to ensure the freshest produce possible the restaurant includes a rooftop garden where local farmers grow produce to be used in the restaurant’s kitchen. Also, the exterior of the building is to be built from 100-year-old reclaimed barn wood and the menus and kids’ meal packaging are all plantable and biodegradable.
As an added benefit for kids, there is an interactive iPad bar that offers nutritional and fitness-themed programs for kids to play. It is all part of the overall theme of healthy eating and wellness that the couple hopes to convey through the restaurant.
Grown is set to open in March in South Miami at 8211 South Dixie Highway.