Ray Allen’s name is synonymous with the 3 point shot after he made a living throughout his 18 seasons in the NBA feasting on opposing defenders with his quick trigger. Now his name is becoming famous for a different reason in South Florida, organic fast food.
Ray Allen and his wife, Shannon Allen, are opening a second standalone restaurant extending their reach to central Florida. In mid-February, The Allens will open their next “Grown” in, of all places, an Orlando Walmart Supercenter. Grown is a one-of-a-kind fast food restaurant that offers organic, gluten-free and locally sourced cuisine. It seems to be the antithesis of the typical American fast food joint, while offering speedy meals that are perfect for families on the go.
The Allens came up with the idea during their son Walker’s battle with Type 1 diabetes. Ray and Shannon struggled to find quick, healthy alternatives for Walker while keeping up with a NBA family with five children. Teaming up with Boston Chef Todd Kiley, they opened a 69 seat spot in Miami that has consistently drawn long lines, non-stop drive thru traffic, and glowing reviews from respected publications, such as the Miami Herald.
Being the second largest retailer of organic groceries, Walmart is a “natural fit” stated the Allens. Shannon Allen went on to explain, “due to their immense customer base and buying power, (Walmart) can not only support local farmers as they make the switch from conventional to organically grown farms, but, also help drive down the cost of organic for consumers everywhere.” Their goal is to offer better options to families regardless of income and opening a “Grown” in a Walmart makes that accessible.
Ray Allen who was born in California and went to high school in South Carolina, made Miami his home after spending the last three years of his Hall-of-Fame-worthy career in Miami with LeBron James and the Miami Heat. He hit the game winning shot in Game 6 in the 2013 NBA Finals to force Game 7 and eventually capture his second championship. He won his first with the Boston Celtics in 2008. He also played with the Milwaukee Bucks (1996-2003) and Seattle Sonics (2003-2007).
Now that his storied career has past, he stays busy with the Grown concept. Apart from the two stand-alone locations in Miami and Orlando, Allen's family also has two locations inside the Miami Dolphin’s Hard Rock Stadium. Pretty soon, kids will be able to enjoy “a big cup of Love Greens [cold-pressed juice] — cucumber, apple, celery, pineapple, ginger, spinach, kale, and parsley” no matter where you are in Florida.