Bristol restaurateur J.R. Rusgrove has misplaced almost 30 lbs . in fewer than two months, and he has his new eatery, and his daughter’s culinary creativity with vegan dishes, to thank.



a close up of a sandwich on a plate: Pure Foods serves a vegan "Southern fried chicken" sandwich: a seitan patty with hot agave drizzle, vegan coleslaw and white truffle and sea salt chips.


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Pure Foodstuff serves a vegan “Southern fried rooster” sandwich: a seitan patty with sizzling agave drizzle, vegan coleslaw and white truffle and sea salt chips.

In May, Rusgrove and his wife, Leanne, opened their 3rd city restaurant, Pure Foodstuff Inc., on North Most important Avenue. The nutritious cafe, with salads, sandwiches, wraps, bowls and smoothies, is a departure from their very first two eateries: eggs, bacon and pancakes at their breakfast and lunch location Parkside Cafe, and burgers and wings at their pub, Principal Street Pint & Plate.

“We’ve even adjusted the way we’re feeding on. We had been pretty a lot meat and potatoes folks, bacon, French fries, no matter what,” reported Leanne Rusgrove. J.R., influenced by his daughter Kaleigh Rusgrove Berry’s progressive vegan substitutes, has stuck to an all plant-primarily based diet for various months.

“If you would have explained to me on the working day we opened that within a specific sum of time that I was heading to become a vegetarian…I would have wager all the cash in the globe, you’d by no means noticed it materialize,” said J.R. “And Kaleigh was the reason why, since she stored expressing, ‘It’s not that tough to do, Father.’”

Rusgrove Berry and the staff have cooked up creative specials that have captivated vegans and non-vegans alike. A southern fried “chicken” sandwich was a hit on social media this summer season, with a seasoned fried seitan patty, vegan cole slaw, pickles, lettuce, tomato and spicy agave standing in for scorching honey. Guests arrived from an hour absent to attempt it.

In the spirit of the largely canceled fall fair period, the Pure Foods workforce also produced a “pulled pork sundae” equivalent to a preferred Massive E snack: layering vegan cornbread, baked beans, mashed potatoes, a vegan pork substitute built from boiled hibiscus flowers, and cole slaw in the fashion of a parfait. Rusgrove Berry is also checking out a vegan edition of fish and chips, subbing banana blossoms for the fish.



The "Fire Breath" smoothie served by Pure Foods is made from dragon fruit, pineapple, mango, chia seeds, beets and coconut water.


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The “Fireplace Breath” smoothie served by Pure Food items is built from dragon fruit, pineapple, mango, chia seeds, beets and coconut h2o.

“It’s amusing how speedily it grows on you, if you just let by yourself to open up a minimal little bit and just embrace what you’re ingesting, and not be a skeptic,” J.R. said.

The Rusgroves reported some of their customers ended up at first doubtful that a restaurant like theirs would thrive in Bristol, but they thought just the reverse — that persons who lived nearby would get pleasure from obtaining the wholesome possibility so near.

“Many persons were being apprehensive wondering we were in the mistaken location, for the reason that this is far more West Hartford-esque,” J.R. reported. “But how numerous people today are in this city or bordering communities that just detest driving all the way to West Hartford, or to Cromwell or Wallingford, where ever they are likely now? Wouldn’t it be pleasant to just have this in your personal backyard?”



a man standing in front of a store: An interior view of Pure Foods in Bristol.


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An inside check out of Pure Foodstuff in Bristol.

In reality, the Rusgroves ended up underprepared for their to start with week, they claimed. When they opened Pure Meals on May perhaps 18, they served much more than 380 shoppers that working day, with a line trailing down the sidewalk.

Part of its charm is the broad-achieving menu, J.R. reported, with some thing for all people. Though there’s an abundance of vegetarian and vegan objects, omnivores can also delight in proteins like grilled hen, turkey bacon and seafood. But several objects are universal favorites, together with acai and pitaya bowls with toppings like granola and cacao nibs avocado toast and salads packed with fresh vegetables.

Smoothies and ability shakes are $7 to $10. Breakfast merchandise, including oats, eggs and a yogurt parfait, are $2 to $7. Bowls are $8 to $11. Salads are $10 to $14. Wraps and sandwiches, served with household-lower white truffle sea salt potato chips, are $9 to $12.

Supervisor Kaitlyn Rondeau, who has a degree in wellbeing science and nutrition, calculates the dietary value of every single menu product, which company take pleasure in. The staff adjusts recipes if they will need far more harmony, not too long ago revamping a smoothie’s amount of almond butter to reduce energy.

“People are pretty fascinated to know what’s likely into their bodies, specifically when they’re heading out to try to eat, issues that are becoming prepared for them,” Rondeau reported.

As drop carries on, Pure Meals will start to offer you extra warm salads and hearty stews,, and the staff is seeking to figure out prospective shipping and delivery options. The restaurant has not but opened for indoor seating, rather earning use of takeout home windows, a aspect patio and expanded out of doors dining in converted parking areas.

Although the cold months may possibly be difficult, the Rusgrove loved ones is delighted with the Pure Foods suggestions in its very first months. Rusgrove Berry explained she’s read from a lot of shoppers, including Parkside regulars, who are glad to have the nutritious possibility in city.

“That was truly surprising to me, is just how many individuals ended up type of just waiting for one thing like this to open,” she said.

Pure Food items is at 457 North Primary St. in Bristol. It is open Monday by Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 860-585-5150, purefoodsbristol.com.

Leeanne Griffin can be attained at [email protected]

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