“It has been a long time coming, but I’m now finally ready to reveal my new logo, new menu and a fabulous new location in Brookside East for CanIHaveABite,” says Hale.
Hale closed her original kitchen in Waldo during the summer of 2015, and had planned to open in a different location just down the street from where she ultimately landed in Brookside.
When that deal fell through in early 2016, she had been shown a space owned by Butch Rigby, owner of Screenland Theatres and Film Row Company, and the two worked together on a deal that would allow Hale to add a commercial kitchen to the space, allowing her packaged meal business and healthy eats café to open there.
“I had no idea how long it would take to outfit this space with a new commercial kitchen, so it took much longer to get this place open than I anticipated,” she said.
But one look around and you can tell the hard work was all worth it. Her new café is significantly larger than her previous spot in Waldo, with a dining room filled with tables and chairs for people to sit down and enjoy a healthy meal, snack or drink Monday-Saturday 10 am -7 pm.
There is a deli case with both her packaged grab-and-go food options, as well as some “design your own” dishes that can be customized just for you.
“We believe in real food and eat the spectrum of choices, so we prepare dishes that cover all dietary choices – like vegan, vegetarian, paleo and simply real food,” Hale says.
During her grand opening celebration on Saturday, March 25, Hale offered a nosh for tasting some of her most popular dishes and gave away sampled of special "cocktails" and tonic from her healthy belly bar.
She is also hosting in her new space a Healthy Happy Hour series that will begin the second Thursday in April. These after work events will give guests a chance to learn from health and nutrition professionals, while tasting samples of the healing foods they recommend.
Her new 3-day detox and 28-day challenge cleanse were both rolled out to her new and existing customers this weekend at the grand opening. Both programs rely on a schedule of health tonics, juices and bone broths as well as a meal plan created from fresh local produce which sits at the core of all of her products.
“Local produce is always my biggest inspiration,” she says. “ We work with a number of great local farmers for our produce, for example a new micro green farm has inspired us to create nutrient dense salads to give our grab-and-go salad a super energy boost, as well.”
CanIHaveABite, 633 E 63rd Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.381.9101, canihaveabite.com