Harvest 365 Restaurant and Fresh Grill opened on Sept 12, an international buffet named for the notion that “God provides harvest 365 days a year,” as well as the restaurant’s goal of providing fresh food daily, said Kim Clay, communications director at Living Word Christian Center.
Harvest 365 is owned by Living Word, which is head by Rev. Bill Winston, a businessman/minister who owns the Forest Park Plaza mall.
“It was always in the heart of Dr. Winston to have a restaurant and be able to offer this kind of restaurant to the community and also to employees and to the church,” Clay said.
Harvest 365 opened at 7620 W. Roosevelt, replacing the old Crazy Grill and Buffet Asian fusion restaurant. Officials started work on the space in mid-July — repainting the interior in warm earth tones, installing all new lighting, updating the bathrooms — and two months later, their work is complete.
The buffet is separated into six different cuisines, “Taste of Italy,” which offers pasta and more; “Comfort Zone,” which features fried chicken, sweet potatoes and macaroni and cheese; “South of the Border,” where diners can sample Mexican specialties; “Tropical Hut Station,” for Caribbean-inspired jerk chicken and fish; “International Station,” which offers Asian fusion cuisine; and “Veg,” for those who don’t eat meat or dairy. There is also a salad bar.
“Dr. Winston has a heart for the nations, heart for giving nationalities,” Clay said. “I think it just kind of spills over into his vision for the restaurant. We would appeal to not just one nationality but to a lot of people.”
Since opening, Clay said business has been “doing great.”
The “All You Care to Eat Price,” which includes unlimited food and drink, is $17.99 per person, with discounts for children, veterans and seniors age 55 and older. The “Premium” option includes all the buffet stations, unlimited drinks and the choice of a grilled steak, salmon or shrimp for $27.99.
Diners who visit for lunch between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., or dinner from 5 to 7 p.m., will receive 10 percent off their order until Dec. 31, Clay said. Harvest 365 is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
“I’m not sure how other restaurants prepare their food or select their ingredients,” Clay said. “I don’t know if they use already frozen food. Ours is all fresh, no freezer bags. I think that makes us pretty unique.”