Bowl Bar

Aaron Carley (left) and Johna McColl (right)

A very warm and hearty welcome to BOWL BAR that opened last month at 145 Ontario St. Owned by Keystone Group’s, Kim Hurley and Anthony Jordaan, this new healthy bistro is managed by Johna McColl from Grimsby and former owner of her own restaurant called ROOT 8 located in Beamsville. 

Jonah was a hairdresser for 21 years before her decades (literally) long frustrating search for really yum plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free foods drove her to open her own shop, catering to folks who had the same dietary needs she did. Developing her own recipe for cauliflower wings, Jonah’s product was packaged and distributed in Sobey’s grocery stores across the country. During Covid, with ROOT 8 closed to the public, her and her dad prepped and packaged the wings for all of Canada on their own! 

Enter Keystone. Kim discovered Jonah’s product and began having it delivered by her personally to Stratford on a regular basis for their own restaurants. As the relationship blossomed the new idea for this restaurant was born. 

Take it to go or relax in the beautiful bright space – either inside or out – that has been created to help you Nourish Your Soul. The nine types of bowls on the menu are served on your choice of mixed greens, rice noodles or a quinoa + brown rice blend. Choose your protein – chicken, tuna, spiced jackedfruit, falafel, or feta – to top it off. Available in two sizes. To accompany your bowl, try a nurturing smoothie, kombucha, or organic tea from Tea Leaves of Stratford – tea sourced fairly and without pesticides. And to top it all off, starting this week are a plethora of dessert options that again are gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined-sugar-free. However, they are FULL of flavour! 

Open Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 7pm.

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