Former NBA star Ray Allen is getting into the restaurant business.

Allen and his wife, Shannon, are opening an organic fast-food restaurant called Grown, the Miami Herald reports.

Opening in March in Miami, where Allen played his final two seasons, Grown will be one of the first organic fast-food restaurants in the country and the only such offering with a drive-thru on the East Coast.

The Allens’ inspiration to open the restaurant came from trying to meet the special dietary needs of their son, who has Type 1 diabetes.

“I had an aha moment where I realized I couldn’t sit around helpless waiting for someone else to create a fast-food option that met our family’s dietary needs, and as we did our research it became obvious that this wasn’t a struggle unique to us — families everywhere are looking for convenience without compromise,” Shannon Allen told the Herald.

The Allens partnered with Todd Kiley, the executive chef of Rainforest Cafe, to create the menu.

It will offer organic and gluten-free options like acai and fruit bowls, chicken-tortilla soup, and lettuce wraps featuring eggs, mushrooms, and diced honey baked ham, according to the company’s Facebook page.

Prices will range from $4 to $18.

Here’s the restaurant’s Santa Fe salad with organic greens, avocado, corn, tomato salsa, grilled shrimp, and plantain strips

In true fast-food form, the restaurant will have a drive-thru, carry-out services, and grab-and-go prepared items.

“People want to be healthier, eat cleaner, and feel better about what they’re putting in their bodies,” Ray Allen told the Herald.

Here’s the chicken tortilla soup

The restaurant will also offer this Mediterranean wrap with hummus, quinoa tabbouleh, organic baby spinach, marinated onions, tomatoes, and herb yogurt spread.

Originally posted: Former NBA Star Ray Allen Is Opening A Fast-Food Restaurant 



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