‘Active lifestyle’ restaurant opening doors


CoreLife Eatery says it makes all its meals "from scratch every single day." Courtesy CoreLife Eatery

A fast-casual restaurant that markets itself to people with an “active lifestyle” will open in town next week.

Franchisee Joyce Lunsford will open her third West Michigan CoreLife Eatery location at Breton Village shopping center in Grand Rapids, at 1814 Breton Rd. SE, on July 13.

“There’s so much to be excited about with a refreshing and innovative brand like CoreLife Eatery, where the focus is on fresh, quality ingredients, health and wellness,” Lunsford said.

Lunsford currently has CoreLife Eatery franchises in Grandville and Portage and one in Mishawaka, Indiana. She’s planning to open a location in Ann Arbor later this year.

She also owns nearly 50 franchise locations of Pizza Hut, Sonic and Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Her agreement with CoreLife Eatery will bring up to 51 locations to the Midwest over the next eight years.

The concept

CoreLife Eatery serves a variety of greens, grains and broth-based, custom-built dishes.

All foods are free of trans fats, artificial colors, sweeteners, artificial additives and GMOs.

The chicken and steak used are “sustainably raised” and never given antibiotics or hormones, and the bone broth is slow simmered all day for maximum taste and nutrition.


Founded in Syracuse, New York in 2015 to "meet the needs of communities lacking convenient access to healthy and affordable eating alternatives,” CoreLife Eatery has locations in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and Indiana.

CoreLife Eatery plans to expand to 300 corporate and franchise locations nationwide in the next five years.

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