Fresh Kitchen is planning a Build-a-Bowl restaurant for Lakeland

Fresh Kitchen is planning a Build-a-Bowl restaurant for Lakeland

Fresh Kitchen, a Tampa-based build-your-own-bowl restaurant chain, will open its first Lakeland location next to the new Aldi store, which is set to open in late 2022 on South Florida Avenue at Alamo Drive .

The restaurant has received a preliminary approval of the site plan from the city for a 2,706-square-foot restaurant on a 1.07-acre “pad-ready” parcel at 4520 S. Florida Ave.

Fresh Kitchen President Steven Lanza said Wednesday that he was unsure exactly when the project would break ground beyond “eventually” in 2022.

“It’s hard to give an exact timeline right now when it will open. We are looking at the beginning of next year,” he said, noting that Fresh Kitchen will open a new restaurant in February with plans to build three others this year .

“Gainesville (opens) in February and then Winter Garden, then downtown Miami and then Lakeland,” Lanza said. “Depending on the timing, Lakeland will likely be our 14th.” restaurant.

Fresh Kitchen’s menu gives customers a variety of options to make their own meals in a single bowl. Popular offers are “four bowls” (under $ 9), which include two bases, one vegetable, one protein and one sauce, while “six bowl” (under $ 11) includes two bases, two vegetables, two proteins and one sauce.

The bases, all of which are gluten-free, “non-fennel-friendly” and “vegan-friendly” with no added processed sugar, include – depending on the availability of the season – brown rice, spinach salad, kale slaw, citrus rice, power rice, coconut ginger rice, sweet potato noodles, cauliflower potato mash and baby kale Caesar.

The Fresh Kitchen’s space of the future is a vacant lot between Gator Action Tires and a Golden Corral that will be torn down to make room for a Aldi supermarket, scheduled to open later this yearr.

The roasted vegetables include parmesan broccoli, basil mushrooms, green sesame beans, golden spice chickpeas and maple sweet potatoes.

Proteins include grilled citrus chicken, bbq chicken, chilled Caprese tofu, herbal grilled steak, roasted salmon and almond baked chicken

Sauces include creamy white ginger, herbal balsamic vinaigrette, coconut riracha, holy kale with a variety of additions.

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