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Vitality Bowls Offers a Wide Variety of Tastes for Carmel Residents

Photographer: Glenda White

David H. Tang, co-owner of Vitality Bowls Carmel, 110 W. Main Street, Suite 115, says his work in real estate led him and his wife Irene to open their popular restaurant.

“I have been coming to the Indianapolis area since 2010, initially doing residential real estate remodeling and flips,” Tang says. “That small start has since evolved into new home construction and real estate development, mostly in downtown Indy.”

On one of his trips to Indianapolis in the summer of 2014, he was craving an acai bowl, which is a thick blend of the açaí berry topped with organic granola and a selection of superfood ingredients. He says he couldn’t find an existing place that offered the wide variety of tastes, choices and healthy ingredients that Vitality Bowls does. 

“From there, the idea took off for us to open a place of our own, so we could share the delicious and healthy benefits of acai bowls,” Tang says. “We opened Vitality Bowls Carmel on February 7, 2015, and we have loved serving Carmel residents the last three and a half years.”

As a builder and developer, Tang has always believed location is the most important consideration when opening a restaurant.

“We started out trying to find areas similar to Vitality Bowls’ most successful California locations,” Tang says. “A college friend of mine who lived in Indiana for 15 years suggested I check out Carmel, along with the neighboring communities of Fishers and Westfield.”

Tang noted that Carmel was a great choice.

“Digging a little deeper and gaining an understanding of how Carmel has invested in itself and grown into a community now routinely recognized nationally as one of the best places to live in the United States, got us excited,” Tang says. “Spending a couple Saturdays along Main Street, just watching residents and visitors alike enjoying the Monon Trail, the shops and stores along Main Street, we knew we had found the right location. When our location in Sophia Square became available, we knew we had our perfect spot.”

He was right. Plenty of Carmel and surrounding residents get their fix at Vitality Bowls.

“The community response has been tremendous,” Tang says. “When Irene and I first proposed Indiana, the founders of Vitality Bowls expressed concern about opening in a cold-weather location. Today, we continue to be a top performing location nationally – despite experiencing ‘real’ winters. That can only happen because of the support we’ve received since opening. So we’re just thankful for the positive response from the community.”

Customers already have their favorites.

“Our three favorite bowls are our Vitality Bowls, Tropical Bowl and Nutty Bowl,” Tang says. “Our fourth most popular (and my personal favorite) is the Warrior Bowl, which I always make sure to add blueberries and peanut butter on top.”

Tang stresses fresh ingredients in every bowl.

“We are very conscious of the quality of everything we serve,” Tang says. “We use more acai in our bowls than other competitors. We never add any sugar to our ingredients. We don’t use ice as a filler. We offer many gluten-free and dairy-free options, and even our customer favorite, an all natural peanut butter, is shipped in by the caseload as it is not sold in the Midwest or East Coast.”

Tang added that Vitality Bowls Carmel customers enjoy picking out which ingredients are perfectly suited for them.

“As delicious as our bowls are, there are so many ways for you to customize it to your exact taste and liking,” Tang says.

When he is not at the restaurant or working in real estate, Tang is busy with his family. He and his wife have two daughters, ages 23 and 21.

Irene loves running and trains for six to eight marathons a year, including the annual Carmel Marathon in the Spring, and the Indianapolis Monumental every first weekend of November. 

Tang and his family have enjoyed the fun atmosphere near their restaurant.

“We love the family-friendly environment, the variety of activities in and around Carmel and, of course, running on the Monon Trail,” Tang says. “As our daughters have grown and entered the next chapter of their lives, we’re proud to be building a home in Carmel and look forward to being even more a part of this incredible community.”

Vitality Bowls Carmel is located at 110 W. Main Street, Suite 115. You can give them a call at 317-581-9496 or visit them online at Vitalitybowls.com.

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