BY THE MANTECA BULLETIN – Some people argue Manteca doesn’t have the healthy dining options of communities such as Pleasanton, Cupertino, Palo Alto, Pleasant Hill, Dublin, Livermore, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Sunnyvale and other Bay Area enclaves.
While it may not be exactly what they have in mind, the pending opening on Thursday, June 29, of Vitality Bowls in the Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley anchored by Bass Pro Shops speaks volumes of what Manteca’s changing demographics may mean in terms of dining — if not retail — options in the coming years.
Vitality Bowls doesn’t just act healthy by taking fat and such out of existing fare. While they offer smoothies, a fresh juice bar, organic soups, and Panini sandwiches the heart of their menu are 10 Acai Bowls using acai berries as their base.
The “superfood café” is being opened by Fred and Dolores Baluyut at 882 Lifestyle Street. It is the 29th Vitality Bowl location in California. Other restaurants have opened in communities clearly considered more on the upscale side and health conscious. Most are in the Bay Area, one is in the San Diego area, another in Orange County, and in eight other states in communities such as South Beach Miami, Atlanta and Las Vegas.
Manteca is the second Central Valley location. The first valley franchise was opened in Roseville.
Launched in 2011 in San Ramon, Vitality Bowls combines a dynamic café vibe with a unique collection of menu items containing high nutritional values and extraordinary tastes. Vitality Bowls offers an antioxidant-rich menu, with breakfast, lunch and dinner items made to order for each customer. All açaí bowls and smoothies do not contain ingredient fillers such as ice, frozen yogurt, added sugar or artificial preservatives, giving the purest taste possible.
The menu features a variety of options, such as the Energy Bowl (with organic açaí, goji berries and bee pollen), the Dragon Bowl (featuring organic pitaya, coconut milk and bananas) and their signature Vitality Bowl (with organic açaí, strawberries and honey). There are also fresh juices, soups, panini and salads are available in each café.
The dining spot will also include a full-service coffee bar, complete with espresso and superfood drinks that are packed with antioxidant-rich açaí, pitaya and matcha – for example, the Açaí Latte (espresso, açaí, coconut sugar, steamed almond milk) or the Superfood Mocha (espresso, CaCao superfood chocolate blend, steamed milk). Organic cold brew nitrogen-poured coffee and organic kombucha will also be available on-tap.
“Simply put, we created Vitality Bowls to be a place where health-conscious individuals can go for a nutritional meal,” said Tara Gilad, founder and owner of Vitality Bowls. “We believe that healthy food can be an option for fast casual food and we are excited to have Fred and Dolores on board with this. We look forward to seeing them grow their business in Manteca and sharing the Vitality Bowls message with the community.”
The Baluyuts originally hoped to open at the Stadium Retail Center last summer but that deal fell through.
Once the Manteca location is open its hours will be Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.