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Protein Bar

Winner in: 2013

Protein Bar offers high-quality, healthy food in a modern and hip fast-casual environment. Known for its “Bar-ritos”, quinoa bowls, salads and protein drinks, Protein Bar provides its guests with craveable food that is good for them, in a manner and speed that is in tune with their busy lifestyles. Protein Bar was founded in Chicago in 2009 by Matt Matros, who – having changed his diet to focus on healthy, high-protein foods and losing 60 pounds as a result – sought to create a concept that would provide health-conscious diners with affordable, on-the-go options. Protein Bar currently has 12 restaurants located in Chicago and Washington, D.C. and recently announced expansion to a third market – Denver, Colorado.