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Fort Lauderdale, Now You Can Build Your Own Bowl At Beehive Kitchen In Cypress Creek

Healthy build-your-own food bowls have finally arrived in Fort Lauderdale.

Combinations like lemon basil quinoa with rustic herb grilled chicken or scallion citrus basmati with soy-charred steak and Thai coconut curry will be served at Beehive Kitchen, a build-your-own bowl, fresh-casual restaurant opening Wednesday, March 29 in Uptown Fort Lauderdale’s Cypress Creek corridor.

“I wanted every ingredient to stand out, but anything you picked in a bowl could still work together,” said Jason Grasty, the concept chef at Beehive Kitchen.

Like his chef-inspired bowls, Grasty, 35, had a recipe for Beehive: organic meats, wholesome grains and punch-packing juices. 

To develop the menu, Grasty borrowed from his culinary training – which spans spicy Cajun cuisine in New Orleans to hearty Texas barbecue – as well as from Fort Lauderdale’s own ethnic diversity, especially the Latin American and Asian communities.

“For me, Fort Lauderdale is one of the most under-rated culinary spots on this coast,” he said.

Plus, the Cypress Creek area puts Beehive Kitchen in Fort Lauderdale’s startup-y business hub, making it a strategic “launching point,” as Grasty called it. 

The menu of mix-ins will include items like sweet potato glass noodles, wok-seared mushrooms, smoked paprika cauliflower and 24-hour marinated chicken. Grasty spent months concocting these various flavor profiles.  

For instance, to create Beehive’s signature antibiotic, hormone-free chicken, Gastry tried five to six marinades and rubs. In the end, he landed on a cumin, rosemary, black pepper rub that holds the chicken’s moisture during grilling or baking.

Cold-pressed juices made with raw fruit and vegetables will accompany Beehive’s bowls. While the Bee Sting buzzes with cayenne pepper, lime, lemon, ginger, honey and water, the Miami Vice blends pineapple, green apple, strawberries, oranges and ginger. 

Beehive Kitchen belongs to a bigger hive, the Centurion Restaurant Group, which owns other South Florida hot spots, including Bulla Gastrobar, a Spanish-inspired tapas restaurant, and Pisco y Nazca, a ceviche gastrobar specializing in Peruvian cuisine. 

Beehive will be open from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and the restaurant will offer both online ordering and catering.

Beehive Kitchen; 6312 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale

(Photo courtesy Beehive Kitchen)