Rooted Juicery + Kitchen Expands

Rooted Juicery + Kitchen opened the doors to its Oakley Square café just nine months ago. Since then, it has experienced an overwhelming amount of success.

click to enlarge Rooted Juicery’s juices come in a rainbow of colors.
Rooted Juicery’s juices come in a rainbow of colors.

Rooted Juicery + Kitchen opened the doors to its Oakley Square café just nine months ago. Since then, it has experienced an overwhelming amount of success, which has led to the quick opening of a second location, this one in Mariemont, says owner and chef Megan Tysoe.

“Our goal is to offer healthy, plant-based food to as many as possible,” she says. “We’re excited to reach more people in the community, and a lot of interest and requests have come from Mariemont, so we are happy to have the opportunity to grow.”

After attending college at Georgetown University in Washington D.C., Tysoe found herself in the corporate finance world in New York City. After a year, she decided to enroll at the Natural Gourmet Institute because of her passion for plant-based nutrition and the accompanying lifestyle. From there, she interned with respected organic chef Christopher Slawson at his Florida restaurant, Christopher’s Kitchen. Slawson became a mentor and advisor to Tysoe, and she helped him develop his restaurant’s juice program. He also closely supported and advised her in the opening of Rooted Juicery.

From coolers housing a rainbow display of juices to vegan meal bowls to a mini bakery, Rooted is out to prove that plant-based eating offers a vast variety of flavors and quality options. Tysoe crafted Rooted’s entire menu; along with her background from the Natural Gourmet Institute, Tysoe holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a holistic health coach certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Rooted’s most popular juices include Alive (kale, orange juice, cilantro, fennel and jalapeño) and Awake (beet, apple, pineapple, orange, grape juice and ginger). The Mexican grain bowl (quinoa, black beans, guacamole, walnut crumble, cashew cheese) is a favorite in the bowl category, while the kale Caesar (romaine, brazil nut Parmesan, avocado, dressing) takes it for the salads. And when it comes to something sweet, Tysoe says her caramel bars (pecan nut base, tahini caramel, housemade chocolate) are the ones flying off the shelves.

Everything is as locally sourced as possible. Rooted’s biggest partnership is with Turner Farm — they’re not only a supplier, but Rooted also gives the farm all of its food waste to compost. Rooted also works with the Ohio Valley Food Connection, which matches businesses’ needs with a pool of local farms to source ingredients.

While the menu items are colorful and vibrant, the décor and design of Rooted’s space is white and open, with accents of wood and green. This is part and parcel to Rooted’s core value; Tysoe’s design was as conscious as the menu. “I wanted the space to feel fresh and clean, much like how the food makes you feel,” she says.

“People from all ages and walks of life really just like the shared focus on health and wellness. And it’s all different kinds of people — lovers of cleanses, lovers of juicing, those who want to make decisions based on diet maintenance, those who eat plant-based, those who are passionate about the environment and conscious of leaving a minimized carbon footprint, those who choose for animal rights reasons — who can find a reason to like what we’re doing here.”

Tysoe says Rooted Juicery is also more than just a juice bar or a small order-and-go, order-and-eat-in restaurant; it’s a lifestyle. “We get lots of questions,” she says. “People want to know, so we are trying to incorporate an educational aspect, opportunities to understand why we do what we do.”

The expansion into Mariemont appears to be as organic as the food itself. “A big part of our Oakley clientele hails from Mariemont, so there were lots of people requesting the area as a new location,” Tysoe says. “We listened, and we’re excited.”

Rooted Juicery’s new location will be smaller than the Oakley café; therefore, it will be almost entirely grab-and-go, with additional smoothie and bowl options. All food items will be prepared in Oakley and delivered to Mariemont, and there will also be some retail and a few tables and chairs in the new space. The Mariemont location plans to open its doors this week.


Learn more about ROOTED JUICERY at rootedjuicery.com.