Never in a million years did I think I’d own a restaurant.
Alchemy is my “day job,” if you will. My other half.
Grab a chair and let me tell you our story. I met my friend Abed and now business partner in an undergraduate nutrition class at Ohio State University in 2011. In addition to sharing a love for good food and even better company to share it with, we had a common goal of inspiring social change via sustainable food choices.
Post graduation, Abed was working as a social entrepreneur and restaurateur alongside his brothers, the founders of A&R Creative. I had just finished my master’s and gotten my RD license, still figuring out what the hell I wanted to do with my life. In April of 2014, Abed proposed his idea for turning his vision into a holistic restaurant intersecting health care and food. I thought he was joking.
Nonetheless, we joined forces to create our first brick and mortar, Alchemy Café, where all kinds of eaters could sit at the same table and celebrate a great meal.
Our second location, Alchemy Kitchen, opened in Grandview in 2018. With no rest for Abed’s visionary spirit, he planted the seed for our next venture shortly after: a meal delivery service.
We launched Alchemy Meal Prep in early 2020 as our third concept and first online business.
Alchemy Brands is a collection of wellness-inspired food concepts including fast casual cafés, prepared meals, and nutrition services. Our locations differ in menu and vibe depending on the neighborhood they’re in. We aspire to transcend and redefine wellness by making functional, feel good food and nutrition education more accessible for all.
We use Alchemy as a platform to improve lives, celebrate eating, and unite people through service, education and thoughtful food. Our vision is to build a collection of unique, best-in-class businesses while leading the creative forefront of the food and wellness industry.
Alchemy was, and still is, the most challenging, wild, rewarding, and incredible thing I’ve ever done. With three concepts and more on the way, I know the best is yet to come!