New, Healthier Food Restaurants Open in Antioch

Fresh Choice, Muscle Maker Grill Offer Alternatives to Traditional and Fast Food Fare

By Allen Payton, Publisher

Antioch residents have the opportunity to eat healthier restaurant meals with the addition of two new restaurants that have or are opening this month. Both Fresh Choice and Muscle Maker Grill, located in the Golf Course Plaza Shopping Center at the corner of Lone Tree Way and Golf Course Road, have added Antioch to their list of locations.

Representatives of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, with restaurant owner Sandy Boyd and employees, Mayor Jim Davis and Councilman Gary Agopian, cut the ribbon officially opening the Fresh Choice location in Antioch.


After much anticipation, Fresh Choice is finally open in Antioch. Owner Sandy Boyd, as well as Mayor Jim Davis, were on hand for the ribbon cutting by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, on Friday, March 25. Boyd treated those in attendance to a free meal (including this writer – and it was all good), which included samples of their rotisserie chicken. Mmmm!

“This is the most warm welcome we’ve ever received from a community,” Boyd said.

They have their own farm and offer local, organic meals, with, as their website says, “enough options to satisfy the whole family. On average over 70% of their produce of over 30 varieties of fruits and vegetables is locally grown by over 20 local farmers, in addition to their own farm.

The restaurant features salads, soups, make-your-own dish pasta bar, bakery bar, pizza bar and a variety of desserts.

To learn more about Fresh Choice, visit their website by clicking here.

From left to right) Tony Shoman, Arthur G. Gunther, President of Muscle Maker Grill, Zee Dames and Sam Shaer in front of the new Muscle Maker Grill location in Antioch, set to open next week.


Muscle Maker Grill®, a chain of casual eateries that serves freshly prepared meals with your health in mind, announces it is expanding its reach to the West by securing a multi-unit franchise deal to develop five Muscle Maker Grill restaurants in the East Bay Area of California. This new agreement marks the chain’s first franchise deal in the Golden State and is a significant step towards the company’s national expansion plans. The first Muscle Maker Grill location in California is expected to open in Antioch in next week.

“We are excited to bring Muscle Maker Grill to California and are pleased to welcome our new franchise owners to our committed team,” said Rod Silva, founder of Muscle Maker Grill. “We are always looking to attract potential franchise partners with relevant experience who believe in our brand.”

Recently ranked as the fastest growing restaurant concept in the United States by Restaurant Chain magazine, Muscle Maker Grill currently has 30 restaurants open in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida. New franchise owners Tony Shoman and Sam Shaer of Brentwood, and Zee Dames of Oakland decided to expand Muscle Maker Grill into their home state because they recognized the void in healthy restaurant franchise concepts in the area.

“California is a very active market and its residents are health-conscious, but it’s difficult to find fast dining options that fit into this lifestyle,” said Shoman, who is a restaurant industry veteran. “I ate at Muscle Maker Grill when I visited New Jersey and instantly knew its concept would be well-received in California.”

At Muscle Maker Grill, everything is prepared on premises with a menu that features lean, protein-based dishes, including chicken, seafood, pasta, burgers, wraps and entrée salads. It also offers a wide selection of protein shakes and supplements in an assortment of flavors, such as Tropical Paradise and Snappy Apple.

The atmosphere at Muscle Maker Grill is friendly, relaxed and casual. Each restaurant features an abundance of seating as well as TVs that provide a variety of entertainment programs. Muscle Maker Grill also offers take-out and delivery services.

Muscle Maker Grill was founded in 1995 by Silva with the goal of offering people a nutritious alternative to fast-food restaurants. A fitness enthusiast since he was 18, Silva recognized a void in the marketplace for tasty, healthy meal options. Silva’s vision has helped make Muscle Maker Grill one of the fastest-growing restaurant franchises in the country.

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Chamber Ribbon Cutting at Fresh Choice 3-25-11


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