Smoothie, sandwich shop to expand to downtown

June 5, 2019

Agua Fresh is adding a downtown location.

The business, which opened in The Empire Mall in 2016, will offer its signature smoothies, juices, sandwiches and power bowls from the DocuTap and Frontier Bank building at Ninth Street and Phillips Avenue.

Owner Sinan Taskin has been thinking about a downtown location for at least a year. The former Pappy’s the Original space has been vacant even longer than that.

But when the two came together, a match was made.

“I think that’s the best spot,” Taskin said. “It’s a great corner with DocuTap and Frontier Bank in the building and Wells Fargo on the other side.”

He will expand his mall menu and also plans to offer breakfast sandwiches and yogurt, plus a grab-and-go area with a self-service checkout for downtown customers on the go.

“We’ll have a similar menu, but we’ll have more products for downtown – more salads and some soup ideas,” Taskin said.

He hopes to be open around July 1.

“It’s almost ready,” he said. “We’ll be changing some of the decoration with more fresh white and bright colors.”

The restaurant leases the space from the bank. Part of the reason the space stayed vacant for about 18 months was because the bank was hoping for a food concept, said Scott Blount of Lloyd Cos., who leased the space.

“I think Agua Fresh has established themselves in the food court at The Empire Mall, and I think what they do will work well for downtown,” he said.

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Smoothie, sandwich shop to expand to downtown

Agua Fresh is adding a downtown location.

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