The Neon Banana café will offer nutritious foods in Ladue when it opens in April
Co-owners John Brunner, Michael Friedman and Nick Zotos are passionate about nutritious food and are excited to bring convenient options to the area. “I wanted to put my skills in food and restaurants into a healthier concept that everybody can enjoy,” Friedman said.
The menu will include cold-pressed juice available in three bases: greens, roots and citrus. These bases will include rotating seasonal ingredients. They’ll also offer “mono-juices” which are juices made from a single ingredient such as celery or apple. Guests can get various smoothies and açaí bowls, which will be produced via a soft-serve machine to give the açaí a smooth, uniform texture. For lunch and heartier snacks, salads, toasts and broth bowls will be available. They plan to sell avocado toast, as well as toasts spread with their housemade almond or peanut butter. The broth bowls can be ordered with a beef, roasted chicken or vegan base and will include nearly 20 seasonal vegetables and other add-ins like togarashi, mushrooms and MCT oil. The Neon Banana will also have a freezer section where broths can be purchased in bulk to take home.
The café’s décor will mirror its name. “We want to create a space that’s vibrant and fun, reflecting our energy and passion for life … the name Neon Banana sums all that up,” Friedman explained. The space will feature bright and bold colors illuminated with neon lights. At 1,300 square feet and with seating options indoors at dining tables and the counter and outdoors on the patio, the café will accommodate about 30 people.
The Neon Banana will be open seven days a week, likely from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Orders can be placed at the counter or a forthcoming online ordering system. For updates, follow them on Instagram.