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SAMA Food For Balance Set To Open In Former Czar Bar Space Feb. 2017

Buckhead's first 'Ayurveda-inspired restaurant' is from the founder of Dtox.

Buckhead’s first ‘Ayurveda-inspired restaurant’ is from the founder of Dtox.

SAMA Food for Balance, Buckhead’s first “Ayurveda-inspired” restaurant concept, is set to open in late-February 2017, the restaurant in a press release this week announced.

SAMA would feature Balance Bowls, cold-pressed cocktails, smoothie bowls, an espresso bar, a 500-square-foot meditation studio and a shop “featuring consciously curated products that promote balance in the home and body” in Buckhead’s newly renovated, rebranded “Andrews Square,” formerly “East Andrews Entertainment District”.

The concept comes from entrepreneur, yoga teacher and Maharishi Ayurvedic wellness consultant, Shannon Salter Sliger, who made her foray into Atlanta’s clean-eating scene with Dtox Juice in 2011, which she sold earlier this year.

“The offerings at SAMA are created to be delicious, first and foremost,” Sliger said in the release.

“Ayurveda principles teach us that food should be a multisensory and fully satisfying experience that engages our sight, smell and taste through various textures, colors and spices. It just happens to incorporate some of the most nourishing food on the planet, combined in a way that promotes balance and healing in the body.”

Guests would have the option to build their own custom bowls with a grain or vegetable base, a protein, two seasonal sides and SAMA’s signature super-food sauces and toppings. There will also be a menu from which guests can choose prefixed, seasonal Balance Bowls.

Ingredients would be non-GMO, organic and locally grown, with vegan, nondairy, paleo and gluten-free options available.

The interior of SAMA would blend warm, earthy hues, like terracotta and moss green, layered with copper accents, is space formerly occupied by Czar Bar.

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Atlanta (WNA). He was featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA has been named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing, and Atlanta and Jezebel Magazines.

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