Plant-based meal delivery company to open Leawood restaurant

Whole Harvest Leawood

Whole Harvest, a company primarily focused on delivering healthy plant-based meals, will open its first restaurant later this summer. Above, jackfruit enchiladas. Photo via Whole Harvest website.

Whole Harvest, a health-centered food company primarily focused on meal delivery, is expanding its operations in Johnson County with a new restaurant.

The company hopes to open Whole Harvest Kitchen in south Leawood toward the end of this summer.

Leawood Whole Harvest
A “loaded yam supreme” from Whole Harvest. Photo via Whole Harvest website.

Whole Harvest Kitchen will be at Town Center Plaza

  • The restaurant will operate out of a space on the east end of the Town Center Plaza shopping center, neighboring GNC.
  • Once it opens, Whole Harvest Kitchen will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week, company officials say.

Whole Harvest serves plant-based meals

  • Eric Turner, Whole Harvest’s Chief Operating Officer, said the restaurant will offer a menu with a variety of different types of “blue zone” foods — meaning plant-based, with limited meat and animal products.
  • The menu will feature items like pizza, wraps, sandwiches, salads, and dumplings and also feature homemade “zero proof” cocktails, which are plant-based and alcohol-free.
  • Turner said Whole Harvest differs from other healthy eateries by steering away from processed alternatives, such as processed sugars and “impossible” meat.
  • “The common thread of it is that it is all whole, plant-based and non-processed foods,” Turner said. “Everything is actually made from scratch and in-house.”

The company wants to open more restaurants

  • Whole Harvest started a couple of years ago as a meal-delivery service.
  •  Turner said the company decided to open the restaurant to fill a gap in the market for those who want to eat healthy but might not want to cook at home.
  • He said Whole Harvest, which currently operates primarily in North Kansas City and in Denver, Colorado, foresees more Whole Harvest Kitchen locations both in the Kansas City metro and across the country.
  • “The idea is to stay as close to the original form of ingredients as possible, and keeping them truly whole foods,” he said. “This way, they can come (out to dinner) and know that there’s nothing on the menu that they can’t eat.”

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