Coming to Leawood: Acai bowl franchise

Coming to Leawood: Acai bowl franchise

A new area franchisee for Vitality Bowls plans its first area location in Leawood.

The San Ramon, Calif.-based chain specializes in açaí bowls — a thick blend of the açaí berry topped with organic granola and a selection of “superfoods” including kale, honey, flax seed, fresh fruits and more. It also offers panini, salads, soups, smoothies and a fresh juice bar.

Chris Landes and his wife, Judy Deines, of Lee’s Summit plan a March opening at 11828 Roe Ave., Leawood.

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BY NEWSDAY – Vitality Bowls (96 E. Main St., Smithtown): Pulpy, colorful acai bowls are the main attraction inside this petite Smithtown café with a steel counter and a handful of tables. Vitality Bowls, which began in San Ramon, California, in 2011, now has more than 50 locations nationwide, and this is the first on Long Island. Acai superfood cousins pitaya (dragon fruit), acerola and graviola (soursop) also form the basis of bowls and smoothies that cost between $7 and $13 and can be showered or pureed with things such as coconut, chia seeds, goji berries and honey. Graviola blended with kale, banana, mango, pineapple and coconut water makes for a delicious, citrusy green smoothie ($7.49). Vitality Bowls’ menu is rounded out by juices, salads and panini. (Pictured: The Eggini, a breakfast sandwich stuffed with organic, cage-free eggs, spinach, mozzarella and pesto.) More info: 631-652-3262, vitalitybowls.com read more