“Nobody in Texas or Austin really knew what an acai bowl was, it was still a very foreign concept,” Jordan said. “But, people are very open minded about new concept food here.”
While acai bowls, pronounced “ah-sigh-ee,” may have been new to the Greater Austin area, the dish, made with the frozen fruit of an acai palm, had existed in Hawaiin cafes for many years. When Jordan and Thompson moved from Hawaii to Austin, they said they immediately missed the dish.
“When I moved here I felt like Austin was a very laid back, cool place,” Jordan said. “It kind of felt like a beach town without a beach.”
With Austin’s relaxed atmosphere and health conscious residents, Jordan said she had a feeling customers would take to the concept of acai bowls.
They said they hoped Austin would bring new opportunities, but they never anticipated running a food truck. In a matter of months the food truck became a reality, and Blenders & Bowls has expanded rapidly ever since.
“We knew acai bowls were going to end up here one day, so we’re just glad we’re the first ones to do it,” Jordan said, adding the O.G. bowl, made with acai, strawberries, bananas and hemp granola has become a local favorite.
The shop at West Lake Hills recently welcomed another female-owned business as a sublet. The local bakery, Tiny Pies began sharing the space in June. Jordan said the businesses serve different customer bases, so the collaboration has the potential to bring in new customers.
“We had this huge space here and we thought we’d be very willing to share it with the right business,” Jordan said, adding that so far, there has been a great synergy between them.
Blenders & Bowls
3736 Bee Caves Road, Ste. 8, West Lake Hills
Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. 8 a.m.-3 p.m.