New restaurant debuts with a pay-what-you-want fundraiser for Special Olympics

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Touting healthy food options, and debunking the belief that health can't possibly taste good, owners of a new Portage restaurant are making their debut with a fundraising event for Special Olympics.

CoreLife Eatery is hosting a "Pay What You Choose" day Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, the day before the restaurant's official opening. And all of the proceeds will go to Special Olympics, which provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

“It’s a common misconception that healthy food can’t possibly taste good; we’re debunking that myth,” said Greg Collins, vice president of operations at CoreLife Eatery of Michigan. “We have a unique menu, made entirely from fresh, simple, top quality ingredients that taste fantastic and our customers want to eat.”

Core Life Eatery restaurants are already operating in other areas of Michigan, as well as in New York, Pennsylvania, Utah, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and Indiana.

In a written announcement on the fundraiser, CoreLife owners called the new eatery an "active lifestyle restaurant," featuring a variety of greens, grains and broth-based dishes. The new location is at 6300 S. Westnedge Ave. in Portage, and officially opens Friday.

“I’ve always been focused on finding great concepts, and there are so many exciting aspects of CoreLife Eatery," said Joyce Lunsford, an experienced restaurateur who opened her first CoreLife Eatery location in Grandville, Michigan, over the summer. "It’s a unique brand where the focus is on fresh, quality ingredients, health and wellness. Our first Michigan location has taken off phenomenally well in Grandville, and we’re confident the Portage community will respond the same way.”

Lunsford said she is thrilled to open a second CoreLife Eatery in her native state. She owns nearly 50 franchise restaurants, including Pizza Hut, Sonic and Moe’s Southwest Grill. Her agreement with CoreLife Eatery will bring up to 51 CoreLife Eatery units to the Midwest over the next eight years.

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