Off 53rd Street there is a new restaurant in town, but it is much different than any other place in the Quad Cities. Simple Superfood Café, which opened up in mid-August, is a raw food, vegan, allergy-friendly, and gluten free establishment that is more than just a place to grab a bite. The owner, Clay Graft, and the employees genuinely care about the health of your body and the fuel you put into it.
I recently sat down with Mr. Graft to talk to him about his new business and was beyond impressed by his story and the work he hopes to do at the café. Originally from Cedar Rapids and a University of Iowa grad, Mr. Graft is by trade an insurance agent, operating his own agency here in town.
20 years ago his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and his father, driven to find healthier alternatives, began relentlessly researching foods and their healing properties. This proactive approach to nourishment was passed onto his son.
Mr. Graft said he and his wife have both always been healthy eaters; in their travels to bigger cities, they would seek out vegan restaurants and juice bars, taking delight in raw ingredients that are hard to come by in our area. Then one day they decided instead of traveling for the food they wanted or spending too much ordering it online, that they would bring it here, for everyone.
There’s already a buzz about it in the gyms and yoga studios, health-conscious people are very much excited about having a place to go to access ingredients they’ve only read about and having a knowledgeable staff to walk them through what the benefits of their products have to offer.
Mr. Graft uses 5 local farms to bring in his offerings. He’s been working with farmers to find a way to make things as homegrown and organic as possible, ensuring that your meal is fresh. This also means that there will be rotating items dictated by the change of the seasons and what is agriculturally available in our area at any given time.
Simple Superfood Café is driven by the thought that you truly are what you eat, that the fuel you put into your body can be so very beneficial for your health, your emotional stability, and your overall well being. It is a holistic, healthy alternative to dining out. Visit today at the corner of Jersey Ridge and 53rd Street on Belle Avenue.