Rush Bowls, a fast-casual restaurant chain known for its meals-in-a-bowl, is coming to Oakland. 

Located at 350 17th Street, the 950 square foot store is slated to open on July 24. Rush Bowls will be owned and operated by local husband and wife duo Robert and Shamani Walker.

“We are thrilled to bring Rush Bowls to the Oakland community,” says Robert. “As a family that values a healthy lifestyle, we are excited to not only bring a healthier product to the community but also have the opportunity to educate others on nutrition and wellness.” 

Robert Walker, a native Oakland resident, opened a trucking company before teaming up with his wife Shamani to pursue a combined business interest. Shamani pursued her Master’s in Health Care Administration while assuming her role as a health care benefits consultant. Within Shamani’s role, she is also the wellbeing champion and resource for her Bay Area offices, a title she wears proudly.

“Rush Bowls is an incredible product—we loved it on the first bite! Combining that with our passion for health and the expertise from the Rush Bowls team, we are confident that we will be able to deliver a tasty, wholesome product to the Oakland community,” says Shamani Walker.

Health and fitness enthusiasts, the Walkers were drawn to the inclusive nature of Rush Bowls. Providing healthy alternatives and nutrition on-the-go for any lifestyle, the store allows the Walkers to be a touch stone to educate the community on wellness.

“We wanted to offer a product that was for everyone— regardless of age, gender or habits,” adds Shamani Walker. “Since we are self-taught about health and wellness, we organically grew into this space and saw the opportunity to provide nutritious meals for our entire community.”

Founded in 2004, Rush Bowls offers meals crafted from fruits and vegetables, with toppings like organic granola, hand-grinded peanut butter, and jam made in-house to ensure the highest quality and taste. Bowls are also available in vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy free options, and anything can be custom made.

“Rush Bowl’s top priorities are 100 percent all-natural nutrition as well as diverse and delicious options of bowls and smoothies. This makes Rush Bowls different from other grab-and-go concepts,” founder and CEO Andrew Pudalov says. 

The brand has over 110 Rush Bowls restaurants in various stages of development across 19 states and Canada, and a variety of deals in the pipeline in markets throughout the United States.

“We are thrilled to be opening in the Oakland community and are excited to have Robert and Shamani as part of the Rush Bowls family,” says Pudalov.

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