As a woman rising up in Escondido, Esvaidy Flores liked working along with her mom, chopping up greens and prepping different elements for her mother’s catering enterprise.
Years later, she’s working by her mom’s aspect as soon as once more, in addition to her finest good friend, in a brand new informal healthy-foods restaurant they opened Jan. 14 in Escondido.
Flores, her mother, Alma Packer, and her longtime shut good friend Olga Saldivar are companions in Recent N Go, which serves wholesome pick-your-protein grain and rice bowls, natural pressed juices and house-prepared chia puddings with fruit. Moreover the preservative-free meals, that are cooked solely in pure avocado oil, all of the Recent N Go sauces are vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.
Though the enterprise provides the whole lot to go, because the identify implies, the companions unexpectedly lucked into leasing a a lot bigger restaurant house final fall they usually’re now providing reside occasions to encourage folks to come back and keep. There are free mind-and-body well being lessons on Monday mornings, reside music on Fridays from midday to 2 p.m., and a e-book membership that may kick off quickly with month-to-month in-store conferences.
“Our objective is to make folks really feel welcome,” Flores stated. “We wish folks to take pleasure in good meals that doesn’t make you are feeling groggy or drained in a relaxed environment with a pleasant atmosphere.”
Flores spent six years working within the orthodontics trade, however she missed getting ready meals and feeding folks like she did in her mid-teens. So she began speaking about opening a restaurant along with her mother and with Saldivar, who owns Phattie’s Vegan Mexican Restaurant in Escondido.
Flores stated they spent almost 10 months on the lookout for a location of their shared hometown of Escondido final 12 months with no luck. Then, Suzy Q’s Diner, on the nook of Second Avenue and Juniper Avenue downtown, closed final summer time when its proprietor retired. Flores stated the two,000-square-foot house is in an amazing location and has room for the enterprise to develop and develop into extra of a sit-down, neighborhood gathering spot.
When it got here to picking the idea, the companions brainstormed on what they wished to serve. All of them take pleasure in maintaining a healthy diet, and Flores particularly loves grain bowls, in order that they agreed to launch Recent N Go, which was impressed by choose-your-protein eating places like Chipotle and One n Half Poke.
Diners can construct their very own bowls or select from certainly one of 5 signature bowls. Protein choices embody hen, tofu, sauteed mushrooms, hard-boiled eggs, steak, lamb, shrimp or salmon. The bases embody quinoa, white rice, brown rice, spring combine or black beans. Almost 20 recent greens can be found as toppings, plus selection of cheese and sauces, together with chipotle, garlic cilantro, mango habanero and hummus.
Flores stated the top-selling bowls are the signature Recent N Go, which incorporates white rice, quinoa, spring combine, tomatoes, mashed avocado and two sauces, and the Mexican bowl, with white rice black beans, corn, avocado, Mexican cheese, jalapeño, carne asada beef, veggies and mango habanero sauce. Relying on the protein and different elements, a lot of the bowls vary in worth from $10.95 to $16.95.
The restaurant additionally sells flavored teas; strawberry, mango and blue spirulina chia chilled puddings; and two natural juice blends: Orange Turmeric and Goodness Greens, which is made with apples, cucumbers, lemon, celery and pineapple.
The restaurant held its smooth opening on Dec. 13, and Flores stated enterprise has been rising steadily with optimistic suggestions from guests. Many of the restaurant’s enterprise is through the lunch hours, however Flores stated they hope that by providing a snug eating room and occasions, it’s going to develop into an all-day hangout.
When Escondido’s Cruisin’ Grand automobile membership occasions kick off downtown on Friday afternoons in Might, Flores stated Recent N Go will start providing reside music on Friday evenings. She’s additionally hoping extra folks will make the most of the free, hourlong physique well being lessons at 8 a.m. Mondays. The content material adjustments from week to week however will embody guided meditation, sound therapeutic, crystal bowls, yoga and breath work. Yoga mats can be found or guests can convey their very own.
Recent N Go
Hours: 10 a.m. to eight p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays; closed Mondays
The place: 258 E. Second Ave., Escondido
Cellphone: (442) 257-2305