Las Vegas has been waiting for some time to see the launch of PowerSoul Cafe, the world’s first gluten-free fast food restaurant chain, and now it is finally on its way. It’s bigger than we thought, too: the brand’s flagship restaurant is expecting a launch in January, owner Dina Mitchell told What Now on Tuesday, with two smaller locations now expected to open first, this fall.
“We’re working toward the goal of 100 locations by year five,” said Mitchell, who made a name for herself popularizing smoothie megachain Tropical Smoothie Cafe on the West Coast.
PowerSoul’s audacious and fast-paced growth plan will, of course, take the brand out of the Las Vegas Valley, although Mitchell declined to say what other cities the chain has in mind. Vegas, in the meantime, can expect another 3-6 locations in 2024, Mitchell said.
PowerSoul’s certified gluten-free menu will feature plenty of choices for carnivores as well as plant based diners, plus a selection of smoothies. Each location will offer a smartphone-based ordering and payment system, complete with pickups from self-serve lockers, along with walk-up windows, and—at the flagship location—an AI-powered drive thru.
The two locations opening this fall are at 3501 S Valley View Blvd. and 1469 E Lake Mead Parkway, Suite 110, in Henderson. The flagship will open at 8180 W Warm Springs Road, in building five. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that one of the subsequent locations is planned for Summerlin.
Rumor has it that the new stores will launch with wild opening promotions, with different items each day offered for free, with a suggested donation of at least $1 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Nevada.