Fast Food EVO-lution
At EVOS, the healthy fast food joint, it's all about the details.
Story and photos by GENIE KIM
At EVOS, the healthy fast-food joint, it’s all about the details. First glance reveals nothing more than typical uniformed workers behind counters, filling rapid-style orders for customers in single-file lines.
But with a closer look, it’s not hard to spot the glass and plastic recycling bins dotting the restaurant’s corners or the bumper stickers coating the walls that read, "Think Global. Act Local." There also are the non-traditional menu items, such as Airfries — french fries tossed in hot air instead of soaked in grease — and hamburgers made from soy.
Dino Lambridis, Alkis Crassas and Michael Jeffers founded EVOS out of a desire to produce a healthful fast-food meal. At first they struggled, mainly because they couldn’t imitate anyone’s success.
“We were just out of college with zero money and said, ‘How could we make this happen?’” Lambridis says. “We took a gamble and charged up about 12 credit cards.”
EVOS’ popularity surged, inspiring the owners to develop a chain, with two stores in Tampa and one in St. Petersburg. In the near future, they plan to open two or three more stores in Sarasota, Carollwood and Las Vegas.
People are generally surprised to find that the food actually tastes good, Lambridis says.
“What has made us successful is we’re able to balance great flavor with healthier, high-quality ingredients,” he says.