A family medical practitioner and a former Boston Public Schools high school teacher plan to open Juicygreens, a juice bar and cafe later this year in part of the old Harvest Co-op space on South Street.
"I've come to realize that there's a lot more to health than medicine," said Mike Lowney, a primary care physician specializing in osteopathic medicine at the family-run Lowney Medical practice in Hyde Park. "Food is the start of what we put in our bodies."
"We wanted a fast, casual healthy place to eat and couldn't find one, so we said, 'Let's make one,'" said Ammy Lowney.
The married couple's menu will include cold-pressed juice made on-site, 100 percent real fruit smoothies, nut mylks (non-dairy milks), acai bowls, coffee, salads, soaked oats, Colombian corn arepas and a toast bar (with options such as the very trendy avocado toast). Customers will also be able to add supplements to their juice like B-12 and anti-inflammatory options.
"We want every menu option to be [available] vegan or gluten-free. Everything is plant-based. And you can add chicken, feta cheese or eggs," Ammy said.
There will also be a kids corner with toys and books. Seating will be available inside and outside of the cafe along Custer Street.
The couple from Westwood, who have three young children of their own, said they've been looking for a location in JP for a while to open the restaurant, which will fill the vacant portion of the old Harvest Co-op. (The Pine Village Preschool previously opened in a larger portion of the building.)
Ammy said a lot of people might leave JP for fresh smoothies and cold-pressed juices, so they sought to offer a more local option.
"It's going to be a JP neighborhood juice bar. We want people to walk here," Mike said.
They also want to offer delivery services to customers like an old-school milkman -- with non-dairy milks.