An ideal stop for on-the-go Long Islanders, Island Thyme in Long Beach will focus on making snappy yet satisfying meals. The health-conscious are also in luck: the menu will be stacked with homestyle, clean, non-GMO foods, as well as gluten free and vegan accommodations once the eatery opens this month.
Traveling the globe while modeling professionally for the last decade, co-founder Jonathan Keyser said the exposure to various cultures’ approaches to eating deeply affected him. “The rest of the planet eats simple and clean. I saw what people need to eat on a daily basis. My partner RJ Moulton and I just felt we could use a food option to add to that [on Long Island]. Hence the name, Island Thyme, for our city by the sea.”
To bring their vision to life, Moulton and Keyser partnered with chef Neal Cain, an industry vet with more than 25 years of experience in executive chef positions. He’s notably worked with brands like the Tao Group, Virgin Atlantic and Whole Foods Market.
Meals will be both prepped in advance (so diners can grab and go) or cooked hot and fresh. Island Thyme’s menu will cover all three meals of the day along with plenty of snacking options like sweet granola.
Keyser’s personal favorites? The breakfast veggie burrito made with yogurt, rainbow quinoa, charred broccoli, carrots, eggs, tomato and avocado, as well as the free range ground chicken meatballs. He also noted another plus: fun, fit food friendly beverages like Coastal Craft Kombucha on tap, smoothies, juices and Bullet Coffee.
Island Thyme will be located at 780 W Beech Street in Long Beach.