Mary Geyer was the first person to bring La Cañada a smoothie shop, in the form of Juice-It-Up nine years ago. Now, she's the first to bring a potato bar to town — at her new business, Malfi's.
Malfi's, named after Geyer's "happy place," the Amalfi Coast in Italy, is doing something different with its food. The restaurant is equipped with a full-service salad and potato bar, soups, juices, smoothies and giant pretzels. All of the food is fresh and never processed.
"We're not unpacking things and just tossing them in containers. There's a huge difference in just the freshness and the flavors. It gives it a much more personal touch," said Geyer, just minutes after stepping away from cutting and preparing fresh fruits and vegetables for the day. "My tagline is 'Where it's fresh' but I feel like I should change it to 'Where it's normal' because that's really what it is."