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bonappetit.com – The idea to reinvent fast food came to Shannon Allen while she was crying in the shower. It took nine years to make it a reality.

In 2008, while pregnant with her fourth child, Shannon Allen, wife of former NBA star Ray Allen, was in a panic. Her son, Walker, who was just 17 months old, needed insulin. He was recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and his blood sugar was way too high. Her husband was in Los Angeles playing the Lakers in the NBA Finals. She was on her own near their home in Wellesley, Mass.

“I felt powerless,” Allen says. “I was on my way to Whole Foods, but I didn’t have time to park and go in and shop and wait at the register. I needed something ASAP from a drive-thru. But there wasn’t anything that wasn’t freezer-to-fryer. I remember thinking, ‘It’s 2008, and I can’t get real food from a drive-thru.’”

The experience left her shaken.

“I sat crying on the shower floor,” Allen says. “I thought, ‘If this is your problem, it’s a lot of people’s.’ I called Ray in L.A. immediately and told him I was going to reinvent fast food.”

Soon after, Shannon began taking meetings with some of Boston’s most prominent names in food and health: chef and restaurateur Ming Tsai, Harvard’s Walter Willett, M.D., executives at Reebok, a co-founder of Boston Market, and more.


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