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Updated: 06/08/2013 08:00:41AM

Warm welcome to new restaurant

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Debbie and Walter Childs were among the first to arrive for the soft opening of Stay Fresh Market and Bistro.

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Ian Griffiths (center), toting son Fletcher) introduces himself to Debbie and Walter Childs. Griffiths, along with his wife, Kwan, are the owners of Stay Fresh Market & Bistro, which had its soft opening Tuesday, June 4.

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Kwan Griffiths points out some of the market items her mother makes by hand that are available for purchase at Stay Fresh Market & Bistro.

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It's a full plate Peter Weldon is bringing back to his table.

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Brandi Suhina prepares a tea beverage for one of the guests at the soft opening of Stay Fresh Market & Bistro, held Tuesday, June 4.

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(From left) Myrtice Young poses with Ian and Kwan Griffiths after they have been presented with their "First Dollar" from The Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce. The presentation was made Wednesday, June 5 at the ribbon cutting for Stay Fresh Market & Bistro.

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Kwan and Ian Griffiths cut the ribbon, officially declaring their restaurant, Stay Fresh Market & Bistro, open for business.

By STEVE STEINER

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Regardless the inclement weather, which may have kept some people away, those who did attend the soft opening of Stay Fresh Market & Bistro on Tuesday, June 4, had only words of praise after sampling the various appetizers presented by Ian and Kwan Griffiths, a combination of standard fare with a twist and some from Kwan’s homeland, Thailand.

“It’s excellent food,” said Walter Childs of Bartow. He and his wife, Debbie learned about the soft opening after reading the June 1 edition of The Polk County Democrat. However, this was not their first time dining at the facility.

“We had eaten here before, when it was TaylorMade,” said Debbie Childs. TaylorMade Market was Stay Fresh’s predecessor and a number of the current items on the Stay Fresh menu are those derived from those developed by Andrea Taylor.

Both were pleased that there is an expanded number of vegan items, as the couple recently adopted the plant-based dining lifestyle.

“We’ve been vegan for about five-and-a-half months,” Debbie said. Their switch to veganism, both said, came about as a result of two movies, “Forks Over Knives” and “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.”

Peter Weldon, a hospice nurse, said a friend told him about the soft opening. Weldon also was impressed with the appetizers he sampled, especially those from the far east.

“This is a real change in town,” said Weldon. It is, he said, nice to have a restaurant in downtown Bartow that offered something different.

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Stay Fresh Market & Bistro, 415 E. Main St., is open 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call 863-537-6581; email: stayfreshbartow@gmail.com; like in facebook: www.facebook.com/stayfreshmarketandbistro.


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