CLINTON – A different type of restaurant opened recently on High Street.
Pressed’O Organic Juice Bar and Cafe opened on April 7, at 138 High St., the building that formerly housed the Polus Center.
Marie Sophyse Maxi, general manager for Pressed’O described it as “a facility where tasty meets healthy.”
“Pressed’O means healthy food in Clinton for all,” Maxi said. “As a young woman growing up in Haiti, food and eating healthy was always very important to my mother. I saw her choosing and mixing fruits, vegetables and beans to keep us healthy. This passion for food has been with me since an early age.”
She started as a caterer as she completed a degree in accounting and during her years at law school.
“I owned a delivery/catering facility while working for Civil Aviation; that helped me decide which way to go when ready because the demand to customize menus according to health needs was growing,” she said.
She worked in various settings and kitchens with great chefs including a five-star hotel, charter boats with “Chef Val (Mireille Vallery, who is also at Pressed’O), restaurants, catering companies, nursing homes and private homes, “all the while dreaming of making my own mark.”
She went back to school in 2013 and, in September 2016, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in culinary and restaurant management from the French-based Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.
“That is a name used so many times mentioned by my late father to grade my cooking,” Maxi said. “Here at Pressed’O, between Chef Val and I, we have over 30 years of experience in the food service industry.”
Maxi moved to Massachusetts four years ago, “loved it and I have settled here very happily.”
“I have had my own share of challenges in life and I believe that whatever happens is meant to be,” she said. “I have worked in a few different kitchens since coming to the region, but my dream has always been to open my own café, serving the best and healthiest of foods. I looked around in the areas of Framingham, Worcester and other surrounding towns. I found this ideal property in Clinton for such venture, I fell in love with the town and this is simply how I found my way here.”
The restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., targeting “health and wellness,” Maxi said.
”We look forward to years of providing Clinton and the surrounding areas with quality foods that will support a healthy lifestyle. Our target is the healthy food fans, or simply, anyone who wants to eat delicious quality foods,” she said. “We use organic produce in our smoothies. The smoothies are made right in front of you, hence the name Pressed’O, for Cold Pressed Organic Juice, smoothies. We also offer a variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads and baked goods with with our vegan and vegetarian options. We all know the health benefits of organic and fresh. Healthy doesn’t have to mean boring and you will just have to visit Pressed’O to discover what I mean. Healthy food can be fun, delicious and ‘appetissant.'”
For more information, call (508) 834-4036.