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New Restaurant Serves Healthy Meals With Prices Based On The Neighborhood

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A new restaurant chain opening their first location in South L.A. this Saturday will offer healthy, grab-and-go meals. And depending on what neighborhood the store calls home, the meals will cost different prices. Everytable was founded by Sam Polk and David Foster. Polk previously founded Groceryships, which helps provide food and culinary education to families. They will open their first location at 1101 West 23rd Street in South L.A. on Saturday, July 30. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors will receive free food, and there will also be live music and activities for children. Soon, Everytable will open a second location on Flower St. near the 7th Street/Metro Center.

Everytable will serve up a variety of bowls, designed by Chef Craig Hopson (formerly of NYC's Le Cirque). They include salads, like the kale Caesar and the California Cobb, and hot and cold meals. For instance, the BBQ Picnic contains barbecue chicken salad, baked beans, coleslaw, pickles, a deviled egg and a hunk of cornbread. There's also the Cajun blackened fish, which is served with collared greens, black-eyed peas and a sweet potato puree. Vegetarians have options like chili and a spicy Mexi-Cali salad, and several of the meals are gluten-free. Plus, there are two smaller meals for kids. Everytable maintains a low overhead by serving as a simple storefront with a small amount of seating and microwaves for those who'd like to heat up their bowls. Otherwise, bowls can warmed up and eaten at the office or at home. According to Eater LA, food is made off-site and then dropped off at the store. Food that is not sold will be donated to homeless shelters.

Foster told the L.A. Times that they are aiming for four more stores by the end of the year, for a total of 10 or more by the end of 2017.

The most interesting thing about Everytable is that the exact same meals will cost different prices depending on where that outpost is located. At the South L.A. store, the adult meals are priced between $3.95 and $4.50, while the kids' meals are $2.95. However, these same meals in downtown L.A. will cost about $8. The costs are based on the income level of the neighborhood, and are designed to allow residents to purchase healthy meals at a price they can afford.

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It might not be a perfect system—just because someone works in downtown L.A. doesn't mean they couldn't benefit from a half-price lunch—but it may help to add options to food deserts, where access to fresh, affordable foods is limited.

Though the model is a bit different, it's easy to make a comparison between Everytable and Roi Choi and Daniel Patterson's LocoL, which opened in January in Watts. LocoL is also dedicated to serving up convenient, healthy meals at affordable prices.