Muscle Maker Grill®, a chain of casual eateries that serves “great food with your health in mind,” announces it has opened the doors to a new restaurant in New Providence. Located at 1260 Springfield Avenue,the new restaurant offers local residents healthier versions of their favorite foods. The New Providence location is the 35th Muscle Maker Grill restaurant in New Jersey and one of 43 nationwide.

“The most important ingredient in franchise operation is passionate, dedicated people,” said Rod Silva, founder of Muscle Maker Grill. “We are thrilled to welcome Valerie and Jeffrey Wass to our team,and are confident their combination of experience and fervor for healthy eating will be a recipe for success.”

Mountainside residents, Valerie and Jeffrey Wass both spent years working in the restaurant industry – Valerie as a hostess and waitress during college and Jeffrey rising through the ranks from a busboy to a cook. The couple is excited to bring healthier meal options to the New Providence community.

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“I lost 70 pounds in the past two years and credit making healthy choices like the high-protein, low-fat options offered at Muscle Maker for my weight loss,” said Jeffrey. “As a life-long (?)resident of Union County, I’m excited to help make it easy for people in my community to get in shape and feel as energized as I now do.”

At Muscle Maker Grill, everything is prepared on premises with a menu that features lean, protein-based dishes, including chicken,seafood, pasta, burgers, wraps and entrée salads. It also offers a wide selection of protein shakes and supplements in an assortment of flavors, such as Tropical Paradise and Snapple Apple.

The atmosphere at Muscle Maker Grill is friendly, relaxed and casual. Each restaurant features an abundance of seating as well as TVs that provide a variety of entertainment programs. Muscle Maker Grill also offers take-out and delivery services.

Muscle Maker Grill was founded in 1995 by Silva with the goal of offering people a nutritious alternative to fast-food restaurants. A fitness enthusiast since he was 18, Silva recognized a void in the marketplace for tasty, healthy meal options. Silva’s vision has helped make Muscle Maker Grill one of the fastest-growing restaurant franchises in the country.