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A Hyde Park restaurant that specializes in healthy fast food is coming to Hobart. Litehouse Whole Foods Grill plans to open soon at 1403B S. Lake Park Ave. across from St. Mary Medical Center. The restaurant offers wraps, salads, bowls, burritos, tacos, nachos and fettuccini alfredo bowls. Offerings include a […]

A Hyde Park restaurant that specializes in healthy fast food is coming to Hobart.

Litehouse Whole Foods Grill plans to open soon at 1403B S. Lake Park Ave. across from St. Mary Medical Center. The restaurant offers wraps, salads, bowls, burritos, tacos, nachos and fettuccini alfredo bowls.

Offerings include a jerk chicken bowl, a chicken Thai wrap, sweet potato fries, chips and guac or a fire-blazed salmon salad with blackened salmon, rotini pasta, romaine lettuce, tomato, mozzarella cheese and house-made honey mustard dressing. 

“Fast food is killing people,” Litehouse Whole Foods Grill Hobart Manager Ronald Edwards said. “Instead we hope to help them live. Instead of being unhealthy, we hope to offer organic, nutritious food.”

Litehouse opened its first location on East 55th Street in Hyde Park on Chicago’s South Side in 2012. It opened a second location in 2018.

The restaurant always has had a higher purpose.

“Litehouse wanted to be more than just a restaurant,” Edwards said. “In Hyde Park it employed ex-convicts, youth, troubled teens and other people who wanted the light in their lives. It fed the homeless. You could come in no questions asked and get a free meal. Litehouse always tried to help the community and be extremely good to the community, a light for the community.”

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