The team behind a meal prep service that focuses on healthy food is slated to open its first restaurant this weekend.
Fit Foodies Bistro will celebrate its grand opening from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 7 at 3999 Austell Road in Austell with food samples, drinks, games, a DJ and a kids' bounce house.
Owners Andree Simmons and Jason Miller “seek to put a healthy twist on familiar favorites and take pride in thinking outside of the grilled chicken and steamed broccoli box,” according to a press release.
The pair started cooking their low-calorie food a couple of years ago for their online meal delivery service ISOFIT Meals, which offers plans for special diets including Keto and Total360. When they needed to find a second shared prep kitchen, Simmons said they decided to open a restaurant instead, while continuing to run ISOFIT.
In spite of the South’s reputation for loving fattening, albeit delicious, food, Simmons said Atlanta actually has a large population seeking to incorporate a healthy lifestyle.
“It really is a big hub for healthy people and people training to be healthy,” he said. “Even in Austell, we have six gyms within a within a two or three mile radius of the restaurant.”
Fit Foodies’ menu items all fall within the 500-calorie range, with some popular items from ISOFIT’s offerings along with some new dishes. The menu also has a section of vegan options, as well as a “cheat day” section with items that just brush the 500-calorie ceiling including shrimp and grits and crawfish etouffee.
“We’re taking savory Southern classics, and we’re just skimming them down,” Simmons said. “We take out the fattening content and add the right seasonings so they still have flavor.”
Fit Foodies Bistro’s will be open from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, noon-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, with hours subject to change once Simmons gets used to the needs of customers.
3999 Austell Road, Austell. fitfoodiesbistro.com/
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