Strang (left), Lauren Culp and Jess Pampush look eager to serve
up some smoothies at Pulp Juice and Smoothie Bar, which recently
opened in Rocky River. (West Life photo by Larry Bennet)
health and nutrition are the order of the day at Pulp
By Cynthia Schuster-Eakin
Published July 4, 2007
and nutrition will never go out of style. That is what owner Dave
Gannon thought when he decided to open Pulp, a fresh juice and smoothie
bar with low-fat cuisine in Rocky River.
Gannon, a veteran
of years in the food service industry, owned and operated Its
Nacho Business and Simply Salad in the Old Arcade downtown. He left
the restaurant business briefly to venture into another line of
work, but decided that he missed his customers. He was looking for
a cutting-edge restaurant concept when he and an associate came
up with the idea for Pulp.
feel good about what we are doing here, Gannon said. Once
people come into this place, they realize that we have a really
Gannon likes to describe the fruit smoothies at Pulp as a
fast, nutritious, energizing meal in a cup. The 400-calorie
concoctions ($4.50 for 24-ounce, $5.25 for 32-ounce) are made with
yogurt, sherbet, juice and ice.
had a great testimony for our food, Gannon noted. One
of our customers has been dieting and replacing his usual fast food
lunch with our fruit smoothies, and he has lost 12 pounds. Most
fast food is nothing but fat.
enhancers can be added to the classic smoothies, like Raspberry
Harmony, made with apple juice, raspberries, bananas and raspberry
sherbet, or the Strawberry Extreme, made with strawberry juice,
strawberries, pineapple sherbet and low-fat yogurt. High-energy
smoothies such as the Mango Bomb are made with sugar-free Red Bull.
The Protein Packer, with 40 whopping grams of protein, is created
using lactose-free soymilk, peanut butter, chocolate and bananas
with whey and soy protein.
juices ($3-$4.75) go beyond orange and apple. Offerings are carrot
and celery juice, apple and carrot with ginger, carrot and orange,
and homemade lemonade. Customers can also get a shot of wheat grass
juice, which Gannon said provides the nutritional equivalent of
two-and-a-half pounds of green, leafy vegetables in just one ounce.
He said wheat grass is a natural appetite suppressant and helps
to reduce high blood pressure.
to fruit smoothies and a variety of juices, the restaurant serves
homemade soups, salads and made-to-order wrap sandwiches.
is made fresh to order, Gannon said. When you come in
here, you know that your food hasnt been pre-made and sitting
in a cooler. Two soups du jour on the day of my visit were
tomato Florentine and chicken enchilada ($3).
starting the morning with their signature PB & G wrap ($4.50)
for breakfast. It contains peanut butter, sliced bananas, honey,
crunchy granola and low-fat vanilla yogurt, all rolled into a whole-wheat
flour tortilla. Gannon said the wrap is delicious and good for you
anytime of the day.
sandwiches are the chicken Caesar wrap, and the spicy turkey wrap
with shredded cheddar cheese and a tangy sauce in a tomato basil
tortilla ($5). The white Albacore tuna wrap is prepared with fat-free
mayonnaise, shredded carrots, sliced celery, romaine lettuce and
cucumber slices in a whole-wheat wrap ($5). Lean roast beef is combined
with shredded provolone and mozzarella cheese, low-fat mayo and
horseradish in a wrap ($5).
Tuna or chicken
can be added to the garden salad. There is also a chicken Caesar
on the menu. All dressings are non-fat. Vegan cookies are available
business has been good and he is very pleased with his location
in the former Dairy Queen at 19900 Detroit Road. He can accommodate
requests for deli trays of wrap sandwiches for graduation and office
parties. He just participated in the Taste of River at the River
Days celebration, where he featured fresh juice and the PB &
G wrap. Gannon noted that Pulp, open for breakfast lunch and dinner,
is going to be adding live musical entertainment on Saturday nights.
Pulp Fruit and Smoothie Bar at (440) 356-0708. Major credit cards
are accepted. The restaurant is Wi-Fi capable. There is wheelchair