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New juice bar Delicious Raw offers healthful options for the Downtown crowd

"Taste is what keeps people coming back."

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The struggle for healthful work-day nourishment is eternal, but Delicious Raw offers an alternative to bagels and protein bars.

The Eat n' Park Hospitality Group opened the juice-and-smoothie bar earlier this month, in partnership with a Florida-based company of the same name. Eat n' Park's Mark Broadhurst explains, "We looked at who was doing a good job, and liked what [Delicious Raw] was doing."

For Delicious Raw co-founder Flemming Madsen — who visited from Florida for the opening — the key to attracting repeat business is simple. "Taste is what keeps people coming back," he says. "We worked on a menu that fit that bill."

The menu offers a wide selection of beverages for every mood, as well as a rotating selection of "Wellness Bowls," like raw chia pudding.

Some juices are sweet and refreshing — Watermelon Hydrator boasts aloe, coconut water and mint — while some are hearty and savory (Veggie Max is like gazpacho in a glass). Popular smoothie options include Sunset on Fifth (strawberry, banana, pineapple, orange and almond milk), and Green Machine (avocado, spinach, kale, yogurt, coconut water, dates, lime and coconut manna). Drink prices range from $6.95 to $7.50, and you can select healthful "add-ons" for an extra dollar or two.

Every beverage represents between 1½ and 3 pounds of produce, all of which is juiced or blended while you wait. "You see everything," Madson says. "There's no doubt about what's going in."

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