Dining options in 12 South are about to get a little healthier, as Brett Henry, founder of Franklin Juice Co. and Honest Coffee Roasters, is opening Bushel and Bowl, a retail shop specializing in made-to-order acai berry bowls, cold press juices and coffee and espresso. Located at 2301 12th Avenue South next to retail store Serendipity, a lease for the 1,200-square-foot space was finalized yesterday.
Henry, a Leiper's Fork native whose great-great-grandfather owned Green's Grocery in the Franklin town, tells Eater that the idea for the project came from his own experience working with acai in Hawaii, as well as his day-to-day observations at his brick-and-mortar coffee and juice locations at The Factory in Franklin:
I lived in Hawaii for a year. And during that time I worked for a company that sold one product only for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was a blend of acai berry pulp, thicker than frozen yogurt, topped with granola, fresh fruit and raw honey. And they were busy at all hours of the day.
Then I moved back to Franklin and opened Franklin Juice Co. and Honest Coffee Roasters. But because of that experience with acai, we added the acai bowls to the menu, and I started to notice a trend. In the morning people would get an acai bowl with their coffee, and then grab a juice to go. And I wanted to put those three things together in one location.
Henry says they are also planning on partnering with Joe Naturals, an organic farm based in Leiper's Fork, on grab-and-go items like sandwiches and wraps.
Plans for the space are still being finalized, but he hopes to have roughly 20 seats inside, and is working on approvals for a small courtyard. Breakfast and lunch will be the peak times, with tentative planned hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. So be sure to check back for additional details.