Friday, August 15, 2008

Progressive Michigan Entrepreneur Develops One-of-a-Kind Eco-Conscious Restaurant Concept

(ROCHESTER, Mich) – Mike Plesz of Pleszure Food Group, says his “Mind, Body & Spirits” restaurant at 301 S. Main Street in Rochester, Michigan, will be the first restaurant of its kind in the country. Utilizing dozens of eco-conscious practices and products, the restaurant is expected to be Gold LEED Certified when it opens in October 2008.

The 8000-square foot restaurant will seat approximately 200 people (including a 55 seat seasonal roof-top patio). Renovation of the 100-year-old historic building has been done with sustainable material such as bamboo flooring, VOC-free paints, sustainable timber and a green roof, among other materials.

“Mind, Body & Spirits” will feature:

· A totally non-smoking facility
· Certified Organic facility
· Trombe walls
· Geo-Thermal Wells (20 wells, 200 feet deep)
· A solar powered hot water heater
· Solar power panels
· Energy-Star certified kitchen equipment
· Two greenhouses (one on-site) and a master gardener consultant
· A bio-digester to convert food waste into a nutrient rich fertilizer for the herb greenhouse
· A system to collect rain water for the greenhouse and grey water for the toilets
· Eco-friendly furniture inside and on the rooftop patio
· Biodegradable “to go” packaging
· An extensive recycling program
· Use of eco-friendly cleaning products
· Use of crushed glass beer/wine bottles mixed with concrete for flooring
· Partnerships with local organic farmers for the progressive menu
· Organic wines, beers and spirits
· A licensed on-site organic brewpub
· A mind, body & spirits “library” on second lounge level

“Having the first restaurant of its kind will put Rochester on the map for its progressive thinking. We will become a hub for the community to spread eco-awareness and the use of local organic products,” says owner Mike Plesz. “Our staff will receive in-depth education and training on environmental sustainability and the use of local organic products in our healthful style of food preparation. They will be highly trained and will have the ability to share their knowledge with our customers.”

For more, visit and click on the “Mind, Body & Spirits” logo.

David Youngman
Pleszure Food Group

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