Produced by Denise Toledo
Consumers today expect much more from restaurants. They demand clean ingredients that are locally sourced. They demand quick service at affordable prices. Many restaurants have tried to offer all of these things but not without sacrificing their margins. However, American Harvest Co. seems to have found the right balance in order to scale their healthy concept. American Harvest is a concept started by Grove Bay Hospitality Group in Brickell with a focus on “Delicious. Clean. Eating.”
“It was always a dream of ours. It was always a vision of ours. A little self-serving, frankly, because we both like to eat this way,” said Co-Founder and Co-CEO Francesco Balli.
With a menu focused around clean eating, American Harvest serves up “minimally processed foods.” GMO-free, grass-fed, and organic are all words used to describe the dishes offered at the Brickell City Center restaurant. The concept also prides itself on its commitment to sustainable practices and sourcing local. Take for example their craft sodas and beer selection.
“We also developed our own soda recipes with a local vendor and they’re all organic cane sugar sodas. We also brought in some wine and some beer, locally — some craft Florida beers,” Balli added.
The restaurant has a farmhouse kitchen feel, using pictures of old Florida and old Brickell to relay the fact that they are a Miami brand. Grove Bay owns a number of restaurants like the Big Easy Wine Bar right next door, but identify American Harvest as their “growth brand. The team plans to open their second location in South Miami where they will give it its own local flavor.
“Miami overall is having a little bit of a culinary renaissance in and of itself and Brickell is definitely a reflection of that,” says Balli.
With a menu including grass-fed burgers, cage-free rotisserie chicken, and sustainable tuna, American Harvest Co. is a place you can feel good about eating at.