Restaurant Openings

Health Club by 3 Little Figs Is Now Open in Somerville

Look inside the "vibrant fruit and veggie Trapper Keeper-inspired universe."


Health Club Somerville interior

Photo by Grace Wexler

A tiny refuge for plant-centric dining just landed in Somerville: Health Club, a new venture from the couple behind 3 Little Figs, debuted at 8 a.m. today.

Katie and Andy Rooney, who opened the beloved 3 Little Figs café in 2011, took over an adjacent space last summer. They expanded their kitchen to accomodate a new, naturally gluten- and soy-free, vegan menu of “fast superfoods,” like grain bowls, salads, smoothies, and sparklers; and built out a petite, bright place for grab-and-go.

3 Little Figs is best known for artisan coffee, Katie Rooney’s pastries, and Greek-inspired brunch items like house-made muesli and Greek yogurt, toasts, and an irresistible phyllo pie with sheep’s milk feta and local spinach. But the chef was inspired to expand with Health Club because she loves eating organic, plant-based fare herself.

Eater Boston has the full menu. You’ll find things like the HC Salad, with greens avocado, black lentils, spiralized raw zucchini, carrots, and beets dressed with a cashew-ginger dressing, with or without a turmeric fried egg; the All Green Bowl, with spirulina brown rice, broccoli, mint, avocado, baby kale, pepita granola, zesty verde sauce, and kale chips; a strawberry basil smoothie with pitaya, flax, and coconut water; and sparkling drinks in flavors like pineapple-coconut.

Local artist Lizzie Siegel hand-painted a 20-foot mural of a cosmic Greek goddess, inspired by Rooney’s heritage, “who celebrates health and well-being and lives in a vibrant fruit and veggie Trapper Keeper-inspired universe,” per a press release. The 350-square foot space has floor-to-ceiling faux succulents on one wall, and a hot pink neon Health Club sign. It seats eight inside, and has plans for a patio once the weather warms up.

Health Club is open Tuesday-Sunday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

278a Highland Ave., Somerville, 617-623-3447, healthclubsomerville.com.

A trio of bowls from Health Club

A selection of bowls from Health Club. / Photo by Grace Wexler