Paleo grab-and-go store coming to downtown Des Moines
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Downtown Des Moines is getting a new spot to grab healthy food options.
Evolve Juicery and Paleo Kitchen will open in May inside the Fleming Building, 218 Sixth Ave.
The shop will sell healthy grab-and-go breakfast foods, salads, soups, entrees and desserts.
All items follow the paleo diet, which is based on eating only the foods that our long ago ancestors ate — things like meats, seafood, fruits, regional vegetables, greens and nuts and seeds.
Out are processed foods, dairy items, grains, sugar and salt.
Customers can order meals weekly for delivery or pickup or they can choose from a variety of ready-made entrees in the store's large self-serve coolers.
The menu changes depending on the season and the availability of fresh foods.
“We are chefs first and we cook food that also happens to be healthy,” said co-owner Jason Fechter. He launched the company with partner Caleb Fechter in Kansas five year ago.
The business is designed to appeal to busy professionals who don’t have time to prepare healthy meals, he said. But it appeals to anyone who wants eat more nutritious foods.
A recent menu included pork sausage patties with scrambled eggs and salsa ($6.05), bacon and Brussels sprouts salad ($6.95), chicken tortilla soup ($5.15), salmon burger with garlicky greens ($11.25), chicken pad thai with rice noodles ($10.85), and loaded chili with cornbread ($10.75).
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Evolve plans to open another store in Coralville’s Iowa River Landing development in May. Both stores will be about 2,000 square feet and offer smoothies, snacks and cold-pressed juices are prepared locally.
The Overland Park, Kansas-based company will have 13 stores once the Iowa locations open this spring.
Evolve will soon open a 42,000-square-foot kitchen and distribution center in Kansas to accommodate its growing number stores.
The company's growth plan calls for up to 25 stores to be opened in the next few years, including a second Des Moines location, Fechter said.
“We’ll only build stores in about a four-hour radius” of the company’s kitchen facility, Fechter said.