Fresh and fast eatery for student housing

2014-07-02T00:00:00Z Fresh and fast eatery for student housingBy Johanna Willett Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A new student housing complex near the University of Arizona has Goodness coming.

Lovers of healthier bites will be able to swing by a new location of Goodness Juice Bar and Fresh Food on the ground floor of the Hub at Tucson, 1011 N. Tyndall Ave.

The 3,800-square-foot eatery will include fast-casual counter service, a juice bar, a coffee cart, a bar serving liquor and a small retail area selling essentials such as organic toothpaste and healthy snacks, said Brandon Katz, a partner in Sol Hospitality along with Jason Anderson and Andre Joffroy.

Sol Hospitality manages Goodness Juice Bar and Fresh Food, 2502 N. Campbell Ave., and Nox Kitchen + Cocktails, 6370 N. Campbell Ave.

A sushi spot will occupy the remainder of the 7,000 square feet available to retailers, said Debbie Heslop, the Hub’s leasing agent through Volk Company Commercial Real Estate. Neither Heslop nor the property owner would confirm the addition of Goodness to the building’s retailers, but on Monday, Katz said the lease had been signed.

“We will be a designated hangout,” Katz said, envisioning an eventual expansion of the Goodness brand to other universities. “We’re going to offer food, juice and liquor. Whatever they need at the time, we’ll offer it.”

The menu from the Campbell restaurant, which opened in April in the former Umi Star location, focuses on salads, wraps, sandwiches and fresh beverages. The additional location near the university will serve a similar menu and include some options for the bar and dinner hours, such as a burger made of grass-fed beef or bison.

In the new space, Katz imagines couches for lounging and several televisions, but this won’t be a sports bar: “We’re restaurant people,” Katz said.

For Hub residents with no car or a university professor looking to grab something quick and fresh, Goodness can be a go-to.

“Why not keep it in-house and offer something down there that is locally driven?” Katz said. “We feel that there is a huge void in casual health food.”

Goodness should be open by the end of August, if not earlier, when students move into the 592-bed complex, Katz said.

Contact reporter Johanna Willett at jwillett@azstarnet.com or 573-4357.

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