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It's all in the family at new healthy food franchise

Nov 02, 2020 02:14PM ● By Stephanie DeGraw

By Stephanie DeGraw | [email protected]

Leaving a legacy for their family and a healthy lifestyle prompted a Herriman couple to open a Rush Bowls healthy food franchise.

"My husband and I always wanted to build a business as a legacy for our kids. In our search, we liked this alternative to fast food," Bridget Saunders, co-owner, said. They carefully researched many franchises before choosing Rush Bowls.  

Now they own the first Rush Bowls in Utah. It is famous for the fresh and healthy meals-in-a-bowl and fast-casual concept. The 1,400-square-foot store opened in September in the Herriman Plaza at 13254 S. 5600 West.

"I've watched this area grow, and there are not that many healthy options out here," she said. "We've opened a place that welcomes those that want something out of the ordinary. It's an option that makes our customers feel good about themselves, their decisions, and their bodies. They can go out and enjoy life one spoonful at a time."

Rush Bowls offer all-natural fruits and veggies topped with crunchy, organic granola, a drizzle of honey, and a choice of fresh fruits and toppers. Saunders said their product is healthier than the traditional fast-casual meal that usually comes with French fries. Rush Bowls are fully customizable and can be blended with protein, vitamins, and other nutritious ingredients while remaining low in calories and fat content.  

"We're thrilled to bring Rush Bowls to Herriman and encourage the entire community to enjoy a healthy lifestyle in a convenient way," she said. 

Their family is involved in the business. Saunders' stepson, Christian, serves as the store's general manager. "I grew up in Herriman. I went to school here. I know the town. I know the people," Christian said. "I know that Rush Bowls is the perfect answer to the growing demand for a healthy alternative to fast food in the area."  

A wide assortment of bowls and smoothies, along with local favorites, a special kids menu, and a Bow Wow Bowl made just for dogs, are offered. "A Rush Bowl is a complete meal-in-a-bowl designed to satisfy your hunger and fuel your rush," Christian said. "With up to five servings of fruits and vegetables and up to 40 grams of protein in each bowl, eating well on the go has never been easier." 

For those customers with dietary restrictions, vegetarian, vegan, wheat-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and nut-free options are also available at no extra charge.  

Bridget's husband, Josh Saunders, has another full-time job elsewhere but helps close the store. "He even washes the windows," she said. "He doesn't like streaks in the windows."  

Christian's mother, Jennifer Rzezsut, and her husband Don manage the store's social media on Instagram and Facebook under Rush Bowls Herriman. The hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

People can order online on their website or through an app like DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates, and soon UberEats. 

The Rush Bowls franchise began near the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado in 2004. It started as a way to provide healthy meal options for college students. But the popularity quickly grew into surrounding communities, where residents were also seeking nutritious alternatives.  

"While expanding our national footprint and anchoring ourselves as a major player in the health food industry, we have cultivated a fiercely loyal following," franchise founder Andrew Pudalove said. "We're confident that Herriman will be no different." 

The health benefits of Rush Bowls' products are especially crucial amidst a pandemic, he said. Pudalov was a Wall Street executive who decided to leave New York's financial scene to pursue his dream.

Today, there are 31 locations open and operating in 18 states, with over 100 others in various development stages across 21 states.