A café specializing in plant-based cuisine is the newest addition to The Steel District.
The Bee Loved Kitchen – Healing Food Café is owned by Emily Wilson, who launched Bee Loved Kitchen in late 2019 specializing in raw food transformations and vegan fare with a focus on meal prep and cooking classes. She shifted her business online during the pandemic and excelled with home delivery.
Her prepared meals now are served locally in Sioux Falls in places such as grocery stores, a coffee shop and yoga studio.
Wilson, who moved to Sioux Falls from Oregon, has a passion for raw food she wanted to share with her new community. Starting a café has been a longtime dream, she said.
“I love community. I love connecting with people. I love creating an experience and an environment where people can feel at home,” Wilson said. “The goal is to change the way people eat and not just provide one meal or a diet plan but change the way they connect with food and how it affects their health.”
While she’s still developing the menu, it will include breakfast and lunch and potentially fine dining dinners on weekends. Customers also will be able to get grab-and-go meals and take classes there.
“I have a lot of ideas,” she said. “We are going to introduce pastries and cooked food, tea and coffee as well as kombucha drinks, and there will be raw food but we’ll also offer vegan cooked food. We’re looking at smoothies, cold-pressed juices, pancakes, smoothie bowls, a burger, some wraps, salads, soups and stews.”
Her café will open sometime next year, along with many other tenants at The Steel District.
“I’ve always been attracted to downtown no matter what city I’ve lived in,” she said. “Downtown is where I feel home, and if you look at other cities that have a vegan or raw food café, they’re always downtown. And with the Levitt and ice skating rink going in there, this just felt like home.”
The Bee Loved Kitchen is the first retailer to announce in its building within the Steel District. Other restaurants from Twin Cities-based restauranteur Josh Thoma will fill the first floor of the nine-story mixed-use office building within the development, and there will be multiple restaurant spaces within the Canopy by Hilton hotel.
“This development can support a wide variety of food and beverage options, given the thousands of people who will be living, working and staying on-site,” said Raquel Blount, Vice President of Commercial Real Estate for Lloyd Companies.
“The Bee Loved Kitchen is such an exciting addition, not just for Steel District but our entire community. There’s a huge movement behind plant-based dining and this is going to deliver that to Sioux Falls from a wonderful local owner.”
Steel District has strong interest in its remaining retail space, Blount said.
“And we’re still about a year out from being able to open, so that’s very encouraging and reflects the strength of this development and the overall downtown area,” she said. “This space is a fit for everyone from apparel and accessories to specialty retail and services. It won’t be long before the Bee Loved Kitchen has plenty of company.”