A new fast-casual restaurant with a menu that incorporates healthy ingredients in a variety of green, grain and broth-based bowls has taken residence on High Street and opens to the Columbus and Ohio State community Friday.
CoreLife Eatery aims to provide nutritious meals for everyone, regardless of their health background, and relies on fresh, recognizable ingredients.
“We want to be as accessible as possible to make healthy, clean eating convenient and easy for anyone, anywhere,” Meggan Camp, communication engagement director at CoreLife, said.
CoreLife Eatery will open its new campus location at 17 E. Lane Ave., Suite D, on Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is offering a limited time promotional deal: 50 percent off per meal with a BuckID to celebrate the grand opening.
The menu includes salads, protein and rice bowls, soups and a selection of fresh juices, tea and coffee.
All the dishes on the menu are non-GMO and do not have trans fat or artificial colors, sweeteners or additives. Its steak and chicken are also sustainably raised and hormone-free, and its menu offers a variety of vegan and vegetarian options.
“This is good, clean food, and you can pronounce every ingredient,” Camp said. “These are foods you’ve probably read about as superfoods.”
Camp said the company advocates for living a healthy lifestyle and encourages consumers to cut out processed foods from their diet whenever possible. CoreLife subscribes to the idea that even small lifestyle or diet changes can have an impact on overall physical and mental health, according to its website.
“Switching to a healthy diet leads to increases in energy levels, mental ability, and focus,” Camp said. “People have lost weight. Their emotional stability has improved. We have hundreds of success stories.”
When deciding where to open the new store, CoreLife looked to appeal to the fitness community and a large millennial population, Camp said.
The recreation centers throughout campus and numerous health, wellness and nutrition programs made Ohio State an attractive area for a new location from the brand’s perspective.
“We want to have a presence at OSU,” co-founder Todd Mansfield said. “We’re hoping the campus location is much more convenient [for students].”
The company wanted its new location to be in a busy area with lots of foot traffic to increase business but also to serve as a healthy and convenient option to off-campus students, Mansfield said.
With lots of nearby dining options, CoreLife is hoping the health benefits of its food grabs customer attention.
“We know that the 18- to 30-something crowd cares about where their food comes from and what they eat,” Mansfield said. “We want students to have an awareness that you can have great-tasting food that is good for you and to know we are that option.”
The new campus store is the third CoreLife in Columbus, joining the Lennox Town Center and Polaris Parkway locations. The brand has 51 locations nationally, with hopes to expand the group of people who are invested in clean eating.
“People are rethinking their food choices and creating a new normal for themselves,” Camp said. “With more people putting their health first, there’s really no limit to what we could do.”