Ever heard of organic fast food? That wasn’t a misprint. The latest athlete turned restauranteur, former NBA All-Star, Ray Allen is getting back in the game with his new creation, Grown. Opening in March, Grown will feature all organic, fast food to the residents of Miami.
“When Grown opens it will very much be a concept unlike anything else designed to be accessible by everyone, from the weekend warrior to the soccer mom and anyone in between,” Ray Allen told the Miami Herald.
The restaurant will be complete with a drive-thru window and rooftop garden. The inspiration for his latest venture came from the difficulties of finding healthy food options for his son, Walker who has Type 1 diabetes. Like any good husband, he’s partnering with his wife, Shannon Allen who knows a thing or two about food; she hosts her own cooking show, The Pre-Game Meal, on Boston’s regional Comcast SportsNet.
“I had an aha moment where I realized I couldn’t sit around helpless waiting for someone else to create a fast-food option that met our family’s dietary needs, and as we did our research it became obvious that this wasn’t a struggle unique to us, families everywhere are looking for convenience without compromise,” she said.
The menu features locally sourced, organic breakfast, lunch and dinner items between $4 and $18. Menu items include soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, cold-pressed juices, fruit smoothies, coffee, and gluten-free baked goods. Ray and Shannon partnered with Todd Kiley, the executive chef of the Rainforest Café, to create the menu.
If that wasn’t enough, the Allens are kicking it up a notch with their rooftop garden, a 1,900 square foot space where local farms will grow vegetables, greens and herbs that will be used inside the restaurant. Grown will also utilize pulp-free and compostable paper products, 100% recyclable cups, BPA-free storage containers, and plantable menus.
Ray Allen last played with the Miami Heat in the 2013-2014 season and was previously with the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, and the Seattle SuperSonics. He won two NBA titles, one with the Celtics (2008) and the Heat (2013). He is a 10-time NBA All-Star and holds the record for most career 3 pointers made in the regular season and postseason.