Hearty bowls are the focus of CoreLife Eatery, opening soon in Tampa

Carrollwood marks the health-conscious franchise's first foray into the Bay area.

A health-conscious restaurant franchise is making its first foray into the Bay area — and Florida. Next week, Tampa's Carrollwood neighborhood will see the opening of CoreLife Eatery, which specializes in hearty bowls created with fresh ingredients in a fast-casual setting, at 13149 N. Dale Mabry Highway.

Green bowls like the Mediterranean (shredded kale, chopped romaine, hummus, falafel, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta, red onion) are the most popular for CoreLife. However, grain bowls and broth bowls are also on hand. According to the franchise's website, its chicken and beef are sustainably raised without antibiotics and hormones, plus it buys local whenever possible.

House-made beverages — including honey ginger lemonade and tropical green tea — round out the menu, designed to accommodate vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free eaters.

Diners interested in getting a sneak peek of CoreLife Tampa can hit up the location's preview events on Tuesday, Oct. 2, or Wednesday, Oct. 3. But to attend (and snag a free meal while they're at it), they must claim a food voucher online in advance.

The outpost plans to host a pay-what-you-want fundraiser for Feeding Tampa Bay on Thursday, Oct. 4, followed by its public grand opening on Friday, Oct. 5.

The first location for CoreLife launched in Syracuse, New York, three years ago. The franchise is led by CEO Larry Wilson.