First Look: Farm Fresh Fast opens May 22 on Church Street

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photography by Will Crooks

The dining room of Farm Fresh Fast, formerly Elev8, has the same nostalgic vibe you’d expect from a country store where the local farmers might drop in at any point with their fresh eggs and produce.

That’s not far from reality, except it’s happening on Church Street, in downtown Greenville.

Flowers on the rustic tables, barn doors and windows hung on the walls, and exposed light bulbs give more of a cozy, familiar feel than the starkness of many rustic industrial spaces.

Bringing the farm to the city is exactly the goal owner Jonathan Willis has had since he first conceptualized the farm-to-table, fast-casual restaurant based on the success of his Elev8 Next Level Nutrition meal delivery service begun in 2015.

The 32-seat Farm Fresh Fast at 860 S. Church St. with drive-thru opens May 22 at 11 a.m.


The menu will feature weekly rotating entrees dependent on the supplying farms. The planned but subject-to-change menu for opening week includes the “Almost Heaven Burger” (fat-free, cheddar-stuffed) on an Upcountry Provisions bun, a seasonal stir-fry of veggies and choice of protein, quinoa coconut curry, a salad with Tyger River Farms mixed greens, and sweet potatoes and broccoli as sides. Protein such as chicken or tofu, along with pastured duck or chicken eggs, can be added to anything.

Wednesday nights will be breakfast for dinner featuring duck or chicken egg omelets, farm bowls with local sausage, potatoes, peppers, and onions, and a chorizo burger.

Local products also for sale will be Due South Coffee, Kuka Juice (which will sell 8-ounce bottles for $4), and Blue Moon Specialty Foods in Spartanburg’s regular and blueberry lemonade made without sugar. The Next Level Nutrition grab-and-go items will also be available.

Hours of operation beginning May 22 are daily, 11 a.m.–9 p.m., with plans to add breakfast and a late-night drive-thru window in a few weeks.

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