How This Hybrid Restaurant X Medical & Wellness Center Is Tackling 'Food As Medicine'
June 21, 2023
After 44 years, Whole Foods founder and former CEO John Mackey finally left the company last fall to pursue a venture he co-founded with former Co-CEO Walter Robb and former SVP Betsy Foster called Healthy America, "an evidence-based lifestyle company, leading the convergence of culinary, healthcare, and wellness." After raising $31mm in equity, the company acquired Love Life Cafe, a vegan restaurant in the trendy Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, to help accelerate the R&D of its culinary program. Healthy America thus rebranded to Love.Life, an all-encompassing brand spanning restaurants, telehealth, and physical medical and wellness centers. In March, it acquired Plant Based TeleHealth, a national telemedicine service focused on “the prevention and reversal of chronic disease utilizing lifestyle medicine.” Last month, the team launched its first Love.Life restaurant in Culver City, CA that will also feature a neighboring medical and wellness center to offer “holistic medical care and wellness therapies from around the world to make lasting health and vitality attainable.” This week, HNGRY visited the restaurant and conducted a telehealth consultation to make sense of this multi-faceted approach.