by Jennifer Thomas
This summer, Dallas residents will be introduced to a unique dining experience that breaks conventions when it comes to delicious food that is good for you. LYFE Kitchen – opening in Plano (June 13), Preston Center (June 27) and West Village (July 25) – will be the perfect restaurant destination for the busy work crowd and area families who seek great tasting food that is also nutritious, convenient and affordable.
“The LYFE Kitchen mission is to ensure you Love Your Food Everyday, so we are constantly challenging ourselves to create recipes that get people excited about eating well,” said Art Smith, Executive Chef of LYFE Kitchen. “I would describe our menu as ‘guilt free indulgence’ because everything on it is as delicious, familiar and fun as it is good for you.”
The culinary team of Chef Art Smith (formerly Oprah’s personal chef), vegan consultant chef Tal Ronnen and Executive Chef Jeremy Bringardner have taken great care to develop dishes using the highest quality, freshest ingredients that meet LYFE Kitchen’s standards for taste, nutrition and social responsibility.
In fact, whether it’s a Pizzadillawich (a stuffed pizza-like sandwich with melted cheese, fresh roasted vegetables and fresh basil, served alongside hot tomato sauce for dipping), Baked Garlic Parmesan Sweet Potato Fries (served with spicy chipotle aioli and topped with freshly grated parmesan, freshly chopped garlic and fresh herbs), or a Buffalo Chicken Wrap (featuring four super foods including avocado, black beans, Greek yogurt and kale, wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla), every dish takes advantage of locally sourced ingredients, is flavored with fresh herbs and spices and is under 600 calories and 1000 milligrams of sodium.
The restaurant is also committed to making sure the menu caters to individual eating philosophies. There are several signature meat and fish dishes, as well as a full menu options for those who choose to eat gluten free, vegetarian or vegan.
LYFE Kitchen is also one of the most ethically and environmentally conscious restaurants in the country. It uses 100% grass-fed steaks, antibiotic and hormone free meat and poultry and as many organic ingredients as possible. The restaurant is also LEED certified, using low-voltage lighting and 100% recycled material for table and countertops, among other sustainability criteria.
“The LYFE Kitchen mission is to transform the way people eat,” said Co-founder and CEO Mike Roberts. “We are thrilled that the residents of Dallas will now have access to fun, flavorful, naturally spicy foods that are nutritious, affordable, and can be enjoyed in a warm, inviting, eco-friendly dining environment.”
Christopher Malloy, General Manager for the Preston Center location and veteran of the Texas restaurant industry, says LYFE Kitchen is an idea that will be a welcome addition to the region.
“Texas is known for progressive, eclectic food trends, but great food you can feel good about is a concept that is here to stay,” said Malloy. “There has been a growing desire, but clear gap, for restaurants that offer everything consumers want – taste, nutrition, convenience and affordability – and LYFE Kitchen fills that void.”
The Plano restaurant will be located at 1900 Preston Rd #111, Plano TX 75093; Preston, 8315 Westchester Dr. Dallas, TX 75225 and West Village Dallas, 3699 McKinney Ave., Dallas TX 75204.
LYFE Kitchen is also hiring about one hundred positions including LYFE Ambassadors who greet and inform guests and guide them through the menu to Baristas and Dining Room Specialists who make up the heart of the restaurant, to a full Culinary Team that brings to life the recipes developed by award-winning Chefs Art Smith and Tal Ronnen.
“We are looking for fellow Texans who share our belief in eating good, feeling good and doing good,” said Roberts. “LYFE Kitchen offers more than just a job, it’s an avocation and the first step on a career path to build this new lifestyle brand.”