Rush Bowls to open first Michigan location in new District Detroit entertainment block

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Fast-casual concept Rush Bowls will open its first Michigan location along Columbia Street in the planned promenade and entertainment block in The District Detroit, the first of five scheduled to open in the state.

The restaurant will take a 1,000-square-foot street-level space along the south end of the Fox Theatre, a news release said.

Crain’s reported in December that Rush Bowls was looking to expand in Detroit.

Rush Bowls will sell healthy meals in a bowl and all-natural smoothies made with fruit and vegetable bases, including acai, kale and avocado.

Rush Bowls joins Cuban-inspired casual eatery and bar Frita Batidos, Sahara Restaurant and Grill, The M Den and other tenants in the new block, which will be sandwiched between the Fox Theatre and new Little Caesars headquarters. The promenade-style block will consist of 10 new storefronts and 43,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, Crain’s reported.

“We are excited to bring a new fast-casual concept to The District Detroit and also one that meets the growing demand for unique dining options,” Keith Bradford, senior vice president of Olympia Development of Michigan, said in the release. “This new Rush Bowls location and a number of other anticipated new businesses will continue to add variety to our roster of new restaurants on Columbia Street.”

Rush Bowls’ franchisee Elizabeth Lehman, founder and president of BLUSH Enterprises Inc., is focused on reaching areas with high-foot traffic that serve professionals and near college campuses, and The District Detroit provides the “perfect mix,” the release said.

“Detroit’s revitalization is a perfect fit for this brand and I’m so excited to be part of that energy,” the Seattle native said in the release. “There’s a desire for healthy living and healthy food options, which makes The District Detroit the perfect market to launch Rush Bowls.”

The architect on the project is Royal Oak-based Von Staden Architects LLC.

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