Following a lifestyle change of her own, a local woman is bringing plant-based food and drink options to Cincinnati. Read on for all the juicy details.
Healthy juices aren’t just a tasty drink. For some people, like Megan Tysoe, it’s a lifestyle. Tysoe wanted to bring her hometown of Cincinnati a juice bar and restaurant concept that embodied her own beliefs on health, wellness and sustainability following her own health transformations and experiences with a plant-based diet.
In dealing with minor health issues such as anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and low energy, Tysoe decided to adopt a plant-based diet while incorporating detoxing and cleansing into her lifestyle.
“I wanted to share with the community that plant-based food and beverages taste delicious, are good for our bodies and the planet and are easily accessible,” says Tysoe.
So with that, Tysoe, alongside her mentor Chris Slawson, opened Rooted Juicery + Kitchen, an Oakley-based organic juice bar and plant-based quick-serve restaurant.
Tysoe has years of experience studying plant-based nutrition and attended a plant-centric culinary school. She also worked for Slawson at his organic plant-based restaurant called Christopher’s Kitchen in Jupiter, Florida – so Tysoe knows about plant-based diets as well as the ins and outs of running a plant-based eatery.
So with that, Tysoe opened Rooted Juicery in July 2015, though she adds it feels just like yesterday that the restaurant opened. Aside from mentor Slawson’s assistance, Tysoe says that opening Rooted Juicery also would not have been possible without her two partners Ron Tysoe and Annie Ilyinsky.
When it comes to the menu at Rooted Juicery, Tysoe says that there’s a wide variety of plant-based foods and beverages. “We have cold-pressed juices, nut milks, vitality shots, raw desserts, salads, sandwiches, wraps, dips, spreads, smoothies, smoothie bowls and more,” she says.
According to Tysoe, what makes Rooted Juicery unique is a number of things. She credits the team, the organic ingredients that are handpicked for nutrition content and are locally-sourced as much as possible and the focus on sustainability which includes composting all of the food waste, consciously recycling, filtering and alkalizing all of the water used in the kitchen.
Another big thing for Rooted Juicery is their desire to constantly evolve, create and innovate in whatever way they can to make customers happy. “We try to offer products that taste great, make you feel great, are quick and easy to obtain and don’t contain any junk,” says Tysoe.
Tysoe says that Rooted Juicery is already planning to expand. “We are working on opening two new satellite grab-and-go locations, one in Mariemont and one downtown,” she says. “We’re very excited!”