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CoreLife Eatery will join The Original Pancake House and a still-unidentified third restaurant in this building under construction at the former Wild Berries site in Normal.

KAREN HANSEN, THE PANTAGRAPH

NORMAL — Another restaurant is coming to the crowded corner of Veterans Parkway and College Avenue.

CoreLife is a New York-based chain founded in 2015 that specializes in salads, grains and soups — called green, grain and broth bowls — using ingredients that are organic and not genetically modified. The franchise has a location in Peoria.

CoreLife did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

"We’ve created CoreLife Eatery to bring clean, healthy and great tasting foods to everyone every day. We feature hearty bowls that are complete meals," according to its website. "We also believe that hiring local team members to prepare our food, and paying them well, is much better than having it come 'ready to eat' from a manufacturing plant."

The building is expected to be finished this fall, said Brian Landstrom of Carlock, a co-owner of the pancake house location. The pancake house, also co-owned by Andy Rice of Normal, is set to open in November.

Landstrom and Normal City Manager Mark Peterson confirmed CoreLife will share the building with the pancake house and a third restaurant.

Tartan Realty Group of Chicago bought the site after Wild Berries closed in July 2015. Tartan did not respond Friday to a request for comment on CoreLife.

Tartan also is behind several other restaurants in that area, including Red Robin, Chick-Fil-A, Blaze Pizza, Chipotle and Portillo's.

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