A healthy restaurant chain franchise wants to help Coloradans shed their pandemic weight.
Clean Eatz is gearing up to open its first locations in the state in Park Hill, the Denver Tech Center and Fort Collins, all franchise restaurants with separate owners.
The North Carolina-based company offers customizable bowls, salads and wraps, as well as weekly meal plans and a lifestyle coaching program.
“People in Colorado as a whole enjoy being outside and care for that active lifestyle, which from a Clean Eatz perspective hits home,” said Park Hill franchise owner Chandleur Macksood. “There’s already healthy options, but we want to continue to elevate them.”
Macksood is looking to open his 1,861-square-foot location at 5979 Colfax Ave. in April. He was previously an operations manager for Amazon in Dallas, but moved to Denver to be closer to his family. He decided he wanted to franchise a restaurant that fit his active lifestyle and Clean Eatz’s healthy mission hit home.
Bowls at Clean Eatz come with a base of brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato or protein noodles.
Customers then add vegetables and sauce, as well as a protein — options are chicken, salmon, shrimp, shredded beef, black bean burger or bison. Based on ingredients and portion size, bowls are anywhere from 198 to around 700 calories.
Along with salads, wraps, flatbreads and burgers, Clean Eatz also serves low-calorie smoothies with protein. For those in a hurry, there are refrigerators stocked with “Grab-n-Go” meals and snacks.
“Healthy food isn’t readily available like a burger and fries from McDonald’s,” Macksood said. “I looked at a lot of different franchise options and appreciated Clean Eatz’s goal to help people take that first step toward living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”
Macksood eventually wants to open two more locations in Denver.
Another franchise owner, Kristi Edwards, hopes to open her 2,000-square-foot location at 8080 E. Union Ave. in the Denver Tech Center this spring. And Mike Collins eventually plans to open a Clean Eatz location in Fort Collins but is still searching for real estate, Macksood said.
“I was drawn to Clean Eatz because keeping up with busy schedules and providing healthy meals can be quite challenging for families,” Edwards told BusinessDen. “Being a career mom, I’ve known the guilt when unable to provide my family with healthy meals because we were always rushing around.”
Macksood added, “It was ironic that we were all looking to open at the same time, but it will work well to get people familiar with the Clean Eatz brand.”
Clean Eatz has nearly 50 locations around the country, mostly in the Southeast, and lists 30 more as coming soon on its website. Its most popular menu items are the “Big Boy Wrap” with chicken and brown rice and “The Arnold” bowl with shredded beef and brown rice as the base, according to Macksood.
Customers can also pay $38 for a rotating weekly meal plan with five meals per week, or $128 for 21 meals per week.