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Bolay to open first drive-thru unit in Tampa, Fla.

Florida-based bowl concept also plans expansion to Virginia in September

Bolay Fresh Bold Kitchen, known for its gluten-free signature bowls or “bols,” plans to open its first drive-thru location in Tampa, Fla., and to expand to Virginia in September, the company said.

Wellington, Fla.-based Bolay was created in 2016 by Chris Gannon and his father Tim Gannon, a co-founder of Outback Steakhouse.

The Tampa drive-thru will be the brand’s 24th location. It will debut Sept. 1 with several  grand-opening events.

“The South Tampa opening marks more than one exciting milestone for Bolay as we open our first drive-thru and expand our reach to bring fresh and bold flavors to communities across Florida and state borders,” said Chris Gannon, Bolay’s CEO, in a statement.

“We’re proud to not only provide healthy options that make our guests feel good,” Gannon said, “but [to] introduce a drive-thru offering that empowers us to meet their needs with elevated hospitality.”

The South Tampa location covers 2,815 square feet in a stand-alone location that accommodates the drive-thru. It seats 45, a spokesperson said. Earlier Bolay locations range from 2,500 to 2,700 square feet with a couple of nearly 3,000-square-foot locations.

In addition to the September opening of the South Tampa drive-thru, Bolay plans new locations to open in the month in Falls Church and Gainesville, Va., the company’s first venture outside of Florida. Additional restaurants in Florida are scheduled to open in early October.

Bolay’s menu features grains and greens like Forbidden Black Rice and Chopped Kale Salad, roasted vegetables like Balsamic Mushrooms and Asian Sweet Potato Noodles and proteins like Lemon Chicken and Spicy Thai Shrimp.

The menu was designed by chef Robert Pugh.

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All photos courtesy of Bolay Fresh Bold Kitchen

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