The fifth location of plant-forward chain Life Alive opened in the Back Bay on Wednesday morning, and it sports a vibrant, colorful space complete with the fast casual spot’s popular grain bowls and salads — plus a non-alcoholic beverage bar.
Replacing Au Bon Pain at 431 Boylston St., the new location is the latest addition to the Life Alive lineup, which includes outposts in Brookline, Cambridge, Lowell, and Salem.
All of the menu favorites are available in the Back Bay, including warm grain bowls with names like “The Lover, “The Innocent,” and “The Adventurer;” grilled wraps, salad bowls, noodles, smoothies, and fresh juices. Customers can also post up at the non-alcoholic cocktail bar and order hand-shaken drinks like a Razz Jazz with jasmine green tea, raspberry, and agave, or a lavender lemonade with butterfly pea tea. Inventive lattes and CBD-infused coffee and tea are available as well.
Interior design company Studio Phenomena is behind the decor at the brightly colored restaurant, which includes comfortable seating, an outdoor patio, and produce displays. It’s a more modern, trendy design approach than some of Life Alive’s other locations, which depict a more natural, earth-toned vibe.
Life Alive first opened in Lowell in 2004 then launched in Cambridge in 2010 and Salem in 2012. In 2015, Ron Shaich — founder of Panera Bread and Au Bon Pain — purchased the company, and opened the Brookline location in June 2018. Shaich, who sold Panera to JAB Holding Co. in 2017, is now an investor in Tatte Bakery & Cafe, Cava, and Clover.
Life Alive; 431 Boylston St., Boston; Mondays–Fridays from 7 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m.–10 p.m.; lifealive.com