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NOW OPEN: Fresh New Food Options at Fast Fuel Grill & Juice Lounge
EC Fast Fuel’s new Water St. location offers wraps and bowls, avocado toast, acai bowls and more
McKenna Scherer, photos by Andrea Paulseth |
EC Fast Fuel has officially opened its doors down at 329 Water St. in downtown Eau Claire as of Monday, Jan. 16, marking its second location and first home outside of Banbury Place.
While the grab-n-go shop inside Banbury Place will continue on as usual, offering the fresh juices that made EC Fast Fuel popular alongside quick snacks, the Water Street location offers line-style grub with options of bowls, wraps, salads, five avocado toast options, and soon, acai bowls. Of course, Fast Fuel juice and staple snacks will also be carried there, as well as on-tap kombucha.
The new eatery is the first in the area to offer an avocado toast menu (six options total such as “Do The Salsa” and “Elvis Toast”) and acai bowls.
Many of the ingredients come straight from the Fast Fuel farm, a crucial aspect of Fast Fuel's goal: offering fresh, sustainably-sourced, healthy food for folks on the go. Co-owner Tony Brooks grows much of the produce Fast Fuel uses in its products on his property, an idea sparked years ago.
With compostable plant-based containers and glass juice bottles (which folks can bring back in for recycling and reuse), EC Fast Fuel also aims to play its part in sustainability efforts. “We’re really listening to our customers and the public; what people like and want around here,” Yarrington explained. “We try to make it work within reason of what we can supply and source right.”
The new restaurant space itself is vibrant and spacious, near wrap-around windows shedding natural light inside highlighting the greenery, custom bar stools and local art on the walls. USB plug-ins and WiFi are available, making it a great hangout for students and professionals, too.
“We want to see Water Street have more opportunity than just bars, and yes there’s some food options, but there’s also a new energy moving (in) like the new yoga space and things popping up,” Yarrington said. “I think people have different dietary wants and needs, and now they can kind of pick and choose what they want with this option.”
The eatery offered a soft opening preview the day before opening to the public, rave reviews flowing online for the tap kombucha and freshness of the food. There are options for vegans and vegetarians too, the new Fast Fuel also serving tofu and jack fruit options.
Fast Fuel Fresh Grill & Juice Lounge, 329 Water St., is now open Mondays-Fridays 7am-3pm.
Keep up with EC Fast Fuel on Facebook and their website or call with questions at (715) 514-0305.