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It would be hard for most people to turn down a chance at refreshment from a place whose name literally translates as “Life Bar” – and that is just what the owner/founder of Barvida in Darien is hoping.
Branca at Barvida.
“I’ve been involved in health and wellness my whole life,” Brennan Branca said at the new juice bar at 879 Post Road, noting that he was born in southern California – the unofficial home of health food – and that his interest carried through into adulthood.
“Playing NCAA Division I soccer at Columbia University – where we co-won the Ivy League championship in 2016 – just helped me get more into it, which was awesome,” he said.
“After college I held a number of jobs,” Branca continued. “I was a personal trainer, I interned at a finance company, I got my real estate license and worked at The Corcoran Group in New York City. But being from southern California and now in Darien, I knew there were a lot of differences in what a ‘juice bar’ could mean.”
Part of that was determining what it shouldn’t mean, he said. “Some juice bars have been around for20 years now, but they haven’t necessarily evolved over that time. Or they taste fantastic, and have lots of cool colors, but not high-quality ingredients. They’re laden with sugar, which represents an unbelievable number of calories. That’s missing the mark, in my opinion.”
Instead, Barvida was created as a 100% organic, 100% plant-based juice bar & café which, …
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