SPRINGFIELD — Having announced several large and small new tenants in the past year, the owners of Tower Square on Wednesday welcomed a new restaurant that specializes in healthy foods.
City officials, representatives of Tower Square, the business owner and many family members and supporters gathered Wednesday to announce the opening of Revitalize Superfoods, which fills the food court’s last available space.
Owner Leia Bhuiya said the restaurant focuses on “healthy and healthier eating habits, which is my personal kind of journey that I will be using here and hopefully help others.”
“We are grateful for the opportunity of not simply starting a new business, but a business with a purpose that is personal, meaningful and at end of the day important for all of us,” Bhuiya said.
Superfoods are foods believed to be especially nutritious. Revitalize’s menu will include smoothies, salads, healthy breakfasts and acai berry bowls, among other items.
Fred Christensen, general manager of Tower Square, said the new restaurant is “an exciting addition” to the food court and Tower Square, and provides a product not available in the past to tenants and the public.
Other recently announced additions to Tower Square are the YMCA, the insurance firm Wellfleet and White Lion Brewing Co. Wellfleet in August will open offices in space formerly occupied by a MassMutual subsidiary on the 10th, 11th and 12th floors. White Lion Brewing is coming in the fall at the former Spaghetti Freddy’s location, officials said.
“So we got a lot of very positive things going on here and we have a tenant here that saw that as an opportunity,” Christenson said of Bhuiya.
Mayor Domenic Sarno said the new restaurant adds to the new vitality at Tower Square and to the eclectic business mix in the downtown.
Revitalize Superfoods began with a soft opening Wednesday, providing samples from its menu. It will officially open on Thursday.
Dinesh Patel and Vid Mitta, who are in the partnership that purchased Tower Square last year, joined in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Patel, of East Longmeadow, and Mitta, of Lexington, were joined by Rohit Patel and Kamlesh Patel of Maine in buying Tower Square and the adjoining hotel and parking garage from MassMutual. They paid $7 million for the office tower, mall, parking garage and Steiger Park across the street. The same four partners bought the hotel from MassMutual in a separate $10.5 million deal.
The last new tenant in the food court opened in 2006.