'Healthy Fast Food' Plants New Roots

Bryn and Dane's is set to open a new restaurant, with drive-through convenience, outdoor seating and a host of new menu items.

Bryn Davis said it couldn’t be done – at least not in his practically trademarked healthy way, anyhow.

Soda. French fries. Fast food staples - albeit historically unhealthy – were beyond the scope of what Davis, the mastermind behind Horsham’s own wildly popular wrap, popcorn and smoothie shack, Bryn and Dane’s, thought he could do. 

But, that was about nine months and two locations ago. Now, with his closed, an Ocean City, N.J. location open and days before his opens (on Feb. 17) at the , 400 Privet Road, Davis and his crew of 30 employees is ready to unveil a whole new menu and the next phase of his Bryn and Dane’s empire.

For starters, Davis will be offering a low-fat French fry – or is that a baked fry?

“They’re amazing,” the 20-something entrepreneur said, from his new fast food-serving abode, as employees put finishing touches on a brand-new self-serve coffee bar. “Amazing. I swear.”

because they contain “a ton of carbs,” will literally eat his words with the introduction of his under 200-calorie side. 

“Everybody asks for chips,” Davis said. “And everybody asks for soda.”

At his other locations, besides smoothies, coffee and a variety of flavored teas were the thirst-quenching options. But, now Davis intends to honor his customers’ most frequent request by offering eight different flavors of fountain sodas – all caffeine-free and without high fructose corn syrup.

For dessert, soft-serve frozen yogurt and yogurt parfaits will be available. A new smoothie, dubbed “Mo Green” – comprised of spinach, kale, bananas, pineapple and mango – will make its debut.

Customization will reign supreme with three types of ketchups, including mesquite and garlic, Davis said.

And, of course, Davis couldn’t invest $100,000 in renovating a former coffee shop without focusing attention on the brew itself.

“The whole idea with this is to take Wawa convenience and couple it with Starbucks quality,” Davis said of the chic coffee bar that carpenter Ed Shope built to house creamer, sweetener and everything else to make the perfect cup. “The drive-through coffee should be huge.”

In scale, the new 2,000-square-foot location is only about 100 square feet larger than the Horsham Road eatery, seating about 30 as compared to 25 before, but Davis said, “It’s smarter here,” adding that everything is positioned better. 

That goes for the trees, too. Expanding upon the shack feeling of the former location, Davis is keeping with the vivid blue walls – and is adding realistic-looking trees to boot.

Carpenter Ed Shope, of Shope Carpentry, who built the Bryn and Dane’s location at the shore, as well as the upgrades to the new restaurant, said the trees, which, for all intents and purposes are growing out of the wall, are made of layer after layer of rubber.

“It’s like a Halloween mask,” Shope said.

A heavier focus on bringing the outdoors in, and less emphasis on cartoonish versions of Davis and his kid brother, Dane, will give the new spot a fresh feel.

“I want it to feel like when you walk inside, you’re walking into the perfect outside,” Davis said. “It’s always perfect. The walls are blue like the sky … the floor looks like it could be a mud.”

And, for 30 minutes during breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Davis said he hopes to offer an “escape” - with or without fries.

Karl Smith February 02, 2012 at 12:51 PM
More local eating options - YES!
Terry Sadowl February 02, 2012 at 01:21 PM
We are so fortunate to have a restaurant with healthy food in Horsham!!
Cindy Greenleaf February 03, 2012 at 03:05 AM
So happy to see the success of Bryn's dream growing as fast as it is! He has brought to those of us always wanting to have "fast food" the chance to do so, but in a healthy way. How refreshing to know that you can pick ANYTHING on his menu and not worry about whether you have made a good choice...because you have! Can't wait to be able to get my daily fix again from Bryn and Dane's!!!!!
geneferraro February 03, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Free Samples are offered for a limited time so when they are posted please take advantage of the offer before it is gone. Look online for "Get Official Samples" where I was able to get healthy product samples.
Joe Repkoe February 03, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Going into Byne and Dane's is like visiting a good friend's home. You always feel welcome. Good luck Bryn!!
Jennifer Radwanski February 03, 2012 at 02:23 PM
So neat, to have a fun heathly restaurant in my hometown,will be our new spot after dance to the music
Brian Cutler February 03, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I'm so glad Bryn is in our area.
Steven Long February 03, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Starbucks QUALITY is an oxymoron! I see NOTHING which indicates anything is HEALTY! So, if something is LOW CARB, does it mean it has no calories or no sodium? Do you know how may diets out there are LOW in one thing, but are much higher in others? Check out low fat yogurts ... they have about the same amount of calories and sodium ... does that make them healthy. Stop drinking the Kool-Aid ... THINK ... don't be TOLD something is healthy, just because they say so!
Theresa Katalinas (Editor) February 03, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Steven, The nutrition information is provided on the menu for all of the items that Bryn and Dane's sells. I don't think the goal of Bryn and Dane's has been to provide "low-carb" food necessarily. It's about making healthier choices for common foods like wraps, smoothies, etc. They use low-fat cheeses, reduced-fat peanut butter, fat-free, homemade sauces and salad dressings and use only fruit in their smoothies - no high fructose corn syrup. In addition to the menu items being low in fat, low in calories and high in fiber, everything I've ever eaten there has been delicious, while not tasting "healthy." A lot of people on Weight Watchers diets eat there as well because the wraps, for example, are under 300 calories and can work in that point system.
Denise February 04, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Good move - out in the open where hopefully they will be found by many more people. So many people didn't know where or who they were when I would rave about their smoothies & the fun atmosphere. Wishing them much success. Very happy to see this location occupied. Keep up the good work...maybe you can grow another location in the future, right here in Hatboro - Our town could use a place like this, as opposed to a Wawa or Starbucks.
Toni Kistner February 17, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Make your next location in Hatboro -- please!
Denise February 17, 2012 at 11:38 PM
I have been stalking the place - waiting for it to open. Bryn said they'd be open today with hours 7 days a week - I believe from 6am to 9pm. So happy!
Theresa Katalinas (Editor) February 18, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Yep, that's right, Denise. I think they'll be closing earlier on Sundays though (I think 3 p.m.)
JJS February 18, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Cora Rowe February 18, 2012 at 06:12 PM
.Just heard of the opening yesterday... sounds delicious. Lots of luck!
Marybeth Torres February 26, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Guam is ready for you to open here, when are you coming??? I guarantee success here on the rock! Love, MB and Vic p.s. Has granny been coming in? a.k.a. Dee-Dee


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