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The article reports that former NBA star Ray Allen and his wife Shannon will open their "Grown" organic fast-food restaurant in Miami in March 2016. This will help put organic foods on the radar for more folks. As people see their health improve with organic foods, the shift will be unstoppable. Several fast food restaurants announced a move to healthier foods over the last couple of years. However, the introduction of a popular organic fast food restaurant will push them further in that direction if they want to stay in business. People are waking up fast now! 

The Miami Herald article Ray Allen opening organic fast-food eatery reports that  the Allens were inspired to open Grown because of troubles finding healthy options for their son, Walker, who has Type 1 diabetes. Nine-year-old Walker’s struggle to find the nutrient-rich food he needs inspired mom Shannon to create her own solution. “I had an aha moment where I realized I couldn’t sit around helpless waiting for someone else to create a fast-food option that met our family’s dietary needs, and as we did our research it became obvious that this wasn’t a struggle unique to us, families everywhere are looking for convenience without compromise,” she said.


Shannon, a cooking show host who stars in the cooking show she created, The Pre-Game Meal on Boston’s regional Comcast SportsNet, partnered with a team of nutrition experts to conceptualize the restaurant. The menu was created with the help of executive chef Todd Kiley of Rainforest Cafe and will include locally sourced, organic breakfast, lunch, and dinner items between $4 and $18. Menu items include soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps, gluten-free baked goods, cold-pressed juices, fruit smoothies and coffee.

Grown will have drive-through, carry-out and quick grab-and-go options. People want to be healthier, eat cleaner, and feel better about what they’re putting in their bodies,” said Ray Allen. “I know this from personal experience, and when Grown opens it will very much be a concept unlike anything else, designed to be accessible by everyone, from the weekend warrior to the soccer mom and anyone in between.” 


The Allens aren’t stopping there. Virtually every inch of the restaurant will be environmentally friendly. The 1,900-square-foot space will include a rooftop garden where local farmers will grow vegetables, greens, and herbs for use in the restaurant’s kitchen. The building’s facade will be built from 100-year-old reclaimed barn wood and an interactive iPad bar will encourage kids to play nutritional- and fitness-themed games. Even the menus and kids meal packaging will be plantable. On the Facebook page for The Pre-Game Meal, Shannon said the opening was the result of six years of “conceptualizing, planning, assembling an amazing team, scouting locations, and building our flagship.”

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