As South Florida’s growing culinary scene continues to evolve and place a heavier emphasis on sourcing local and organic ingredients, there is an increasing demand for both nutritious and affordable meal options.
Grown, a first-of-its-kind fast food restaurant developed by Shannon and Ray Allen, scheduled to open in March at 8211 S. Dixie Hwy. In South Miami, aims to fill that void in the market with “real food, cooked slow, for fast people.”
With a focus on delicious, nutrient-dense fare, the innovative concept marries the quality of farm-to-fork cuisine with the convenience of fast food dining.
Grown’s owners/co-creators — Shannon, creator/executive producer of The PreGame Meal TV show and former member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Ray, two-time NBA Champion, 10-time NBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist — will make it possible for people on the go to access high-quality foods at affordable prices.
“Grown was born out of frustration,” Shannon said. “At home, I do my best to prepare delicious, nutrient-dense meals for our five children, including our son Walker who is living with Type 1 diabetes. Like most busy families we juggle homework, afterschool sports and everyday commitments — we live in our cars. 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.”