Muscle Maker Grill, the health-conscious restaurant chain with more than 200 locations across the United States, has found a new home for the Manhattan location it lost due to Hurricane Sandy.

The restaurant has signed a lease to move its operations from 92 Eighth Avenue to 114 Seventh Avenue, located between 16th and 17th Streets in Chelsea.

The 1,000-square-foot storefront formerly housed a pizzeria.

“Muscle Maker Grill wanted to remain in the neighborhood, as they had a proven track record in Chelsea, which is something the landlord liked as well,” says Jonathan Banayan of Winick Realty Group, who represented Muscle Maker Grill in the lease transaction. Landlord Duell Management was represented in-house.

Muscle Maker Grill was founded in 1995 with the goal of offering people a nutritious alternative to fast-food restaurants. The restaurant offers menu items that accommodate every diet, including vegetarian, carb-free, and gluten-free.

Muscle Maker Grill doesn’t use butter or deep fryers, instead offering such healthy alternatives as brown rice, zero-carb signature sauces, and fresh, never frozen lean chicken breast.

“Muscle Maker Grill will not only upgrade the look and feel of the property, but they will also bring a healthy dining option to the Seventh Avenue corridor between 14th and 23rd Streets, creating a nice mix of stores on the strip” says Banayan, who recently leased another storefront on Seventh Avenue to Big Smoke Burger.

Muscle Maker Grill is expected to open in late summer or early fall.

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