Vegan and pescatarian restaurant Local Green Atlanta is now officially open to the public! Local Green Atlanta hosted a grand opening event in January at their Vine City/West End neighborhood location. The atmosphere was lively and festive as 250+ attendees took photos in front of Local Green’s instafamous “Insta-Wall,” listened to music played by V103, enjoyed smoothies and treats from Local Food Atlanta’s original food truck, and tasted select food options from the restaurant’s hip hop-themed menu. Vendors included Premium Health & Wellness Teas and Market Buddy’s. 

Local Green Atlanta’s Founder Zachery Wallace, also known as “Big Zak,” established the restaurant to provide healthy food options for area residents. Well-known in the city for his work in the music industry, Wallace formerly weighed more than 300 pounds. Transforming his life through food, he initially opened Local Green Atlanta as a food truck and now builds on its success with a vibrant brick and mortar location. 

“Zak had this vision over a year ago,” says longtime friend, radio personality and Grand Opening Host V103 DJ Greg Street. “He was cooking in his mom’s kitchen, bringing food to different people that he knew in the ‘hood who wanted to eat healthy, and it just grew,” says Street, noting the importance of Local Green’s current location. 

“It’s very important for us to start having healthy eating options in our community,” says Street. “For us to have options that we know are healthy and good for us is very important.” 

TV personality Ariane Davis agrees. “I think that how people are responding to Local Green is needed,” she says. “I’ve lost people to cancer, so food is so important right now. I can’t wait until there is a Local Green Atlanta location in every neighborhood in the city!” 

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