Rita Katona is behind the plant-based cafe concept So Good So You. Submitted photo

Rita Katona is behind the plant-based cafe concept So Good So You. Submitted photo

So Good So You will open a skyway cafe this fall

Updated: September 15, 2017 - 10:54 am

A plant-based café is slated to open this fall in the downtown Minneapolis skyway.

So Good So You, a company that includes several health-conscious food and beverage brands, plans to open an eatery later this year on the skyway level of 950 Nicollet Mall, also known as Retek on the Mall.

The café, a sister location to the company’s store in the Baker Building, will feature a larger menu of breakfast and lunch options and a catering menu. The new menu includes plant-based bowls with at least 25 grams of protein, salads, tartines, smoothies and warm and cold beverages. The other location, formerly known as Juice So Good, has been rebranded as So Good So You.

Core to concept from healthy lifestyle advocate Rita Katona is a lack of preservatives, artificial sweeteners, colors, emulsifiers or any processed ingredients. What’s left is a menu comprised of plant-based, naturally gluten-free ingredients.

“The ingredients used in most products are scary — ingredients you’ve never heard of and certainly don’t grow in nature. Consumers deserve to know how the product is made, what they are buying and putting into their bodies. I wanted to create a place where consumers can feel good about ordering anything on the menu, where mind-blowingly delicious foods and beverages are made with only real, whole, plant-based ingredients. When people eat this way, it’s undeniable that they feel amazing,” she said in a statement.

Juice So Good is a cold-pressed juice and smoothie bar in the Baker Building. Submitted photo
Juice So Good is a cold-pressed juice and smoothie bar in the Baker Building. Submitted photo

So Good So You’s space, designed by Minneapolis-based Shea Design, will feature an interior made of reclaimed materials.

So Good So You has quickly grown in the past year with the help of Kowalski’s, the first grocery store chain to carry the brand’s products. The grocery store’s Uptown location will see the addition of a So Good So You juice and smoothie bar this fall.

So Good So You manufactures its products, including a “So Good Baby” line of organic baby food and a caffeinated beverage line called “Coffee So Good,” in Minneapolis using 100 percent renewable energy. Cafe items will come in compostable packaging and takeout containers.