ITHACA, N.Y. — A new “active lifestyle” restaurant is opening in Ithaca this week.

CoreLife Eatery officially opens at 11 a.m. Friday. The restaurant advertises food made from scratch using fresh ingredients and food that is free of trans fats, artificial ingredients and GMOs.

“Customers have been trained to believe that healthy food cannot taste good, but we are debunking that myth,” Todd Mansfield, partner and Wellness Champion for CoreLife Eatery, said in a news release. “We create our menu from fresh and simple, top quality ingredients that taste great and our customers want to eat.”

The first CoreLife Eatery opened in Syracuse in 2015. Ithaca will be the 10th location. The eatery strives to promote active lifestyle activities by offering and participating in health-related events in the community, a news release said. Staff at CoreLife Eatery are willing to share food concepts as wells as wellness ideals through talks at local organizations and participation in community events.

CoreLife Eatery in Ithaca. Mike Blaney/Ithaca Voice

“We are confident that the Ithaca community will soon understand firsthand why our food has become an integral part of the everyday lives for those from all walks of life,” Scott Davis, President and Chief Concept Officer of CoreLife Eatery, said in a news release.

The restaurant features a variety of bowls on its menu, categorized into green bowls, grain bowls and broth bowls, with vegan and gluten-free options. The chicken and steak they use are sustainably raised and antibiotic-free.

Customers can get an early glimpse at the eatery’s offerings at a “pay what you want” community event from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. All proceeds will be donated to the Ithaca Rescue Mission.

CoreLife Eatery is located at 740 S. Meadow St. in Ithaca, where Yogurtland was previously located. They will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

Learn more about CoreLife Eatery at their website.

Featured image by Mike Blaney/Ithaca Voice

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