A British-backed healthy dining concept that began life in Ibiza two years ago is launching its first site in the UK.
The Skinny Kitchen was founded by David Mason after he and three friends struggled to find somewhere to eat that didn’t undermine all their hard gym work before a summer vacation.
Their business has won rave reviews on the Spanish holiday island, leading them to return home to launch their first UK site in Bournemouth, where Mason went to university.
After securing a site formerly occupied by a burger bar, just opposite Pizza Express, the team have been working hard to get the unit ready before its opening on March 21.
Mason told the Bournemouth Echo that the city is a great location from which to kick-start its UK expansion. “Bournemouth is a huge place, where people care about what they eat and how they feel – our brand allows them to eat out in a great restaurant setting without running the calorie gauntlet.”
The Skinny Kitchen menu offers a healthy twist on “conventional meals”. Burger and fries, for instance, is replaced by lean steak mince and sweet potato chips, while other popular dishes include flaxseed waffles and protein bowls, low carb pizzas and fresh pressed juices.
“There’s nothing on the high street that does what we do and the way we do it,” added Mason. “We will be the first healthy, gym-based restaurant in Bournemouth.”
According to the paper, The Skinny Kitchen is backed by investors in the Lineker’s and Ocean Beach Club brands, and will cater for breakfast, lunch and evening diners, as well as offering a takeaway service.