Earlier this year, Juice Crafters opened up at the SE corner of 7th and Spring in the historic Financial Center Building offering fresh cold-pressed fruit and veggie juices as well as smoothies. Now another eatery opens directly next door to the juice bar called Fresh Panini (with a large Panini Stop sign above the store front) bringing to the Historic Core vegetarian and vegan paninis.
Fresh Panini soft opened last week on August 18 and is offering a two dollar special discount for any panini on the menu during the soft opening period (the regular price will be $6.95 for any panini). There are currently 5 panini items on the menu split between vegetarian and vegan options. A sign posted in the shop reminds customers that wait times range from 7 to 10 minutes to cook up a panini.
A mini empire is beginning to form at 7th and Spring for Ilan Mit who is the owner of not only Fresh Panini but Juice Crafters next door and Evoke Yoga, which is an upscale yoga studio opening in Sept next month a half block down 7th Street. His three new shops, together, are playing a major role in activating the sidewalk helping to bridge Spring Street with pedestrian activity.