You faithfully log 30 minutes of exercise five days a week, but your on-the-go lifestyle isn’t helping you achieve your six-pack goals. A quick healthy meal can be hard to come by—outside of your neighborhood deli if you know what to order.
Freshark founders Peter Kambitsis and Elias Kalogiros and partner Mark Sarro have been there, done that, ate that juicy cheeseburger. After seeing wild success with Ripe Juice Bar & Grill and Exo Cafe in Queens, they decided to give Rockville Centre’s fit fams a healthier option. The trio opened Freshark in 2014 in Rockville Centre and their fit food and juice bar options have been such a hit they’re opening a second New York location this August in Midtown Manhattan, a perfect location for an eatery that caters to the busy-but-healthy demo.
“Our customers are always on the move, ‘helicopter moms’ and fitness fanatics. In a predominately hi-calorie, hi-fat franchise world, we wanted to do something transparent and honest,” said Kambitsis.
If their success on Long Island is any indication, Manhattan gym-goers will soon be eating Freshark’s food up. Like its flagship RVC location, Freshark’s NYC menu will boast offerings like teriyaki, Tex Mex and Thai style combinations that can be turned into wraps or quinoa bowls for a tasty meal with fewer calories and fat. Their smoothie list promises to be just as appetizing. Customers will be able to create their own or choose from established favorites like the Avo-co-mango, a blend of avocado, mango, Greek yogurt, agave and coconut milk or the Imperial Cereal, made with raspberry, banana, agave, almond milk and oatmeal.
Aja Campbell, a CrossFit trainer and competitor in Bayside, cites the sweet potato protein pancakes as a favorite.
“They help me tackle my day, coaching clients and working out myself. [Freshark has] nutritional information at the ready for those curious about what they’re eating. I love that they take their time creating a thoughtful menu.”
Kambitsis, Kalogiros and Sarro are also taking time to think about further expansion. They have eight development contracts in the works across New York and Manhattan and a desire to turn the business into a national franchise.
Eating healthy on the quick may soon be easier even on vacation.