If the raging success of Farmer’s Table has shown anything, it’s that there’s a large local market for restaurants serving health-oriented, natural, veggie-focused cuisine.
Hoping to get in on that market and offer it something more is Apura Juicery & Coffeehouse, a raw-vegan “plant-based” restaurant and juice bar set to debut at the corner of Powerline and Palmetto Park Roads in late summer or early fall.
Proprietor and creative force Susan Mussaffi is a former New York City financial executive driven to share her dietary discoveries with a larger audience, initially intended via a cookbook but now through a restaurant.
Apura, which means “unfired” in ancient Greek (a reference to Pythagoras, called by some “the father of vegetarianism”), will eschew dairy, soy, gluten and GMOs, offering instead a menu of raw, vegan and (mostly) organic dishes, from faux sushi and noodles to raw oatmeal and salads. It will also offer a selection of cold-pressed and unpasteurized juices in flavors like fennel, kaffir lime and golden beet, along with fresh-baked pastries, cold-brewed coffee and house-made nut “mylks.”
The restaurant itself will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and will feature both take-out and sit-down dining, with a casual, rustic-urban ambiance to include a variety of natural materials, muted colors and communal seating. Free Wi-Fi too.