Back in September of 2020, Smashburger closed its Toms River location in the Shoprite plaza on Route 37 in Toms River. Now, we're getting word that an interesting food chain has leased that space and is planning on opening its first New Jersey location here at the Shore.

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Mahana Fresh is a build your own bowl healthy lifestyle restaurant.

First, you start with a base.

  • Basmati Rice Blend
  • Coconut Rice
  • Sesame Noodles
  • Cauliflower Rice
  • Spinach
  • Kale Crunch Salad

Next, you move on to your veggies.

  • Sesame Ginger Broccoli
  • Roasted Mushrooms
  • Roasted Sweet Potatoes
  • Honey Sriracha Brussels Sprouts
  • Buffalo Cauliflower

You can't forget your protein.

  • Key West Chicken
  • BBQ Chicken
  • Teriyaki Chicken
  • Grilled Steak
  • Spicy Ahu Tuna
  • Sesame Garlic Tofu

There's also an option for add-ons.

  • Roasted Almonds
  • Avocado Smash
  • Feta Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Mediterranean Tomatoes

Mahana Fresh also has their signature bowls, desserts, kombucha, and more.

I was personally a fan of Smashburger and was sad to see it go. However, this new restaurant is new, different, and from the looks of it, healthy. Any fast-casual place that offers a healthy option is fine by me.

There's no word on when this new restaurant will be opening, but I'm sure they will be hiring. If you're looking for a job, click here for the link to their career page.

Sure, it's not the Cracker Barrel that we've all been hoping for, but at least it's something new, right?

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