Fast food doesn’t have to be bad for you, and Grown is out to prove it. The new concept from NBA superstar Ray Allen — aka Jesus Shuttlesworth — and his wife Shannon, was created out of frustration when they couldn’t find quick and healthy meals, especially for their son, Walker, who is living with Type 1 diabetes.
The fast-casual restaurant in South Miami serves a variety "nutrient-dense fare" served in a mix-and-match plates, sandwiches, wraps, and salads, available in personal and family-sized options. Each entree comes with a choice of protein like free range rotisserie chicken or salmon, along with a veggie, grain and housemade sauce. For the early birds, breakfast is served daily with a variety of healthy options like build-your-own omelets, gluten-free pancakes, acai bowls, and of course, smoothies and lots of them.
The charming 1,900 square-foot space keeps with the feel good theme showcasing environmentally-friendly features like a urban rooftop garden, LEED-certified lighting and a rustic facade made from 100-year old reclaimed barn wood. Inside the dining room expect a floor-to-ceiling living versa wall with planters filled with herbs, communal tables, and plenty of white and blue decor. The restaurant is currently "soft" open at 8211 South Dixie Highway from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with the drive-thru and longer operation hours coming soon.