Former UC frat brothers open health-focused cafe on the West Side

Grace Tucker Cincinnati Enquirer Jan. 10, 2024

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About 15 years ago, Queen City natives Chase Whitehead and Brandon Cress were Alpha Tau Omega fraternity brothers at the University of Cincinnati studying engineering and industrial design, respectively.

Now, through a string of unlikely coincidences Cress credits to Cincinnati’s “small big town” nature, the pair are steady business partners. In recent years, the UC grads introduced a franchise to the region that they believe could be life-changing for communities across Greater Cincinnati: Clean Eatz.

Founded in 2013 by husband-and-wife team Don and Evonne Varady in Wilmington, North Carolina, Clean Eatz offers weekly meal plans, grab ‘n’ go meals and healthy dine-in eats in an effort to promote personal wellness. In 2021, Cress, originally from around Green Township, and Whitehead, from Anderson Township, opened their first Clean Eatz together in Newport.

On Jan. 4, the pair opened their second Clean Eatz franchise in Green Township at 5770 Harrison Ave. They say this location is one step forward in a healthy lifestyle movement they’ve witnessed growing in Greater Cincinnati.

“We could see eight (Clean Eatz locations) in the Cincinnati area,” Cress said, then added, “I want to see this area succeed because I grew up here.”