LONDONDERRY — Troy Ward Jr. and his father Troy Ward Sr. are opening Troy’s Fresh Kitchen and Juice Bar on June 1 next to the HobbyTown at the Apple Tree shopping center in Londonderry.
“It’s gonna be a healthy, fast casual place,” said Troy Ward Jr., who was one of the original owners of The Juice Bar in Derry. “I want to make really delicious, really healthy food.”
Troy Ward Jr., 23, is a longtime Londonderry resident and graduate of Londonderry High School. He said he wanted to open a place like this in town because while some offer healthy drinks, and others offer health-minded meals, few, if any, offer both.
“For Londonderry, the options are really limited,” he said.
The entire food menu will be vegetarian (with the exception of cage-free eggs) and dairy-free, with options for gluten-free, high-protein, low-carb, low-fat or low-calorie items.
It will include lunch grain bowls made with brown rice, quinoa or cauliflower rice (a low-calorie option) and breakfast grain bowls with crispy hash browns, cage-free eggs and a variety of vegetables, spices and homemade sauces.
Ward said there are about six grain bowl recipes he came up with for the menu, but they can be customized to order.
Bowl items will also come available as a wrap, grilled in a panini press. And Ward said he wants to offer some smaller, low-cost mini-wraps starting at about $3, with sweet and savory options.
He said he also wants to offer more protein options. There will be a lot of plant-based protein, grilled tofu and Impossible brand burgers, which are made to taste more like the real thing.
The business will offer coffee and tea, but not espresso. Ward said he hopes to partner with a regional coffee supplier such as Pierce Bros. Coffee in Greenfield, Mass.
The space will have seating for about 35, with bar seating, booths, seats by the windows and a comfortable area Ward dubs the “chill zone.”
Ward said he’s in talks with DoorDash to provide delivery service.
Ward declined to state how much he and his father are investing, but said they chose the space at the Apple Tree shopping center because the new owner, George Vernet, has been revitalizing the plaza in recent months, with a newly repaved parking lot and improved facades.
Ward said the property owners also helped get the space ready by covering work that was needed on bathrooms, lights and windows.
The Wards are currently undergoing renovations to design the interior space and install equipment, and will be training a staff of about 10 employees before opening in June.
Ward is a member and ambassador of the Greater Derry Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, and he plans on scheduling a ribbon cutting before the grand opening.