Former Bodybuilder Opens Super Food Cafe in Wakefield
Sep 05, 2018 09:25PM
● By Tracee Herbaugh
In the last few years, there’s been a spotlight on healthy foods.
Now, in Wakefield, there’s a new kid on the block: a super food café specializing in healthful options for breakfast and lunch.
The Remedy Exchange opened on Aug 21, and offers patrons a selection of fresh pressed juices, overnight oats, acai bowls, salads and smoothies.
“I’m all about balance, and the foods we serve here reflect that,” said Justina Langone, a co-owner of the café.
A former college swimmer, professional body builder and personal trainer, Langone’s knowledge of nutrition and foods is extensive.
But the 26-year-old also has a personal connection to healthy living. Six years ago, Langone lost her father to a battle with lung cancer. His initials are painted on the wall of the café – SLT. Above the letters is motto and homage, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food.”
“He’s my inspiration to live healthy, the inspiration to have a brick and mortar store like this,” she said. “I want people to invest in their health now because you only get one life. Good nutrition is the way to do that.”
The café’s interior feels as clean as the food served. There are wide-panel wood floors contrasted with white chairs and modern lights. A mural on the main wall showcases several foods served here: an avocado, limes, grapes and other plants.
So far, business has been great. The staff has been working around the clock, but as Langone explained, it’s a good problem to have.
“The hardest part has been keeping the pantry stocked,” Langone said.
The Remedy Exchange is located in the same spot, next to the train stop, that used to house BBQ joint The Porch. The Porch left for a larger space in Medford and sold the space months ago.
Don’t be alarmed by the terms healthy. There’s a wide variety served and Langone’s prioritizes taste.
“I think it’s important not to deprive yourself of the things you love,” she said. “I try to live by the 80-20 rule, everything is moderation.”