Star City Six: Ryan Blahak
Providing fresh, perfectly portioned, nutritionally balanced, grab-and-go meals, Eat Fit Go now has two Lincoln locations at 2901 S. 84th Street and in South Pointe Pavilions. Ryan Blahak is the General Manager of Eat Fit Go (eatfitgo.com).
Tell us a little about your business.
Eat Fit Go bridges the gap between your busy life and eating healthy on the go; it’s the future of fast food. We offer a diverse menu of over 50 chef-driven meal options. All meals are individually portioned and free of any added artificial ingredients while being prepared. It’s the perfect option for a healthy breakfast, lunch, or dinner; stop in for one meal or stock up for your week, we have plans for that. We also offer fantastic house account options.
How did you get started in the business?
I was extremely fortunate to get in with Eat Fit Go Lincoln at the beginning and very thankful for the opportunity. Ultimately I had mutual friends of owner Natasha Plooster who were able to get me the interview.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
In my personal life I’m a very easygoing and relatively carefree guy. So I’d say the most difficult challenge is staying organized and task driven while staying true to my fun loving and quite honestly goofy personality.
What has been your most important achievement professionally?
Opening our second store was a major one. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our community, thanks Lincoln!
Tell us a little about your family.
My family is incredibly loving and supportive. At its core I have a mother who is the strongest and most amazing person who has ever existed! I have one brother and one sister, and am a very proud uncle to two amazing nephews and one beautiful niece. By the time you read this, I’ll likely have another niece or nephew too; the due date’s this month! I have a beautiful and intelligent girlfriend who means the world to me and together we have a pair of fur babies, a Doberman (Chief) and Cockapoo (Chewy).
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
When my father passed from heart disease. It made me reevaluate what it was I was doing with my life, and gave me the motivation to seek out a career where I can help people improve their health. There’s nothing that’s more rewarding then hearing people’s success stories after they’ve made Eat Fit Go a part of their lives.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
What’s that?! In all seriousness a perfect day would be to wake to a fresh pot of coffee, catch some rays doing yard work or taking Chief for a run, any outdoor activity honestly, and quality time with the girlfriend. To cap it off I would relax with a nice cold Gin & Tonic while watching sports in the evening.
What are you the most proud of?
The team at Eat Fit Go that has been built around me. I love them all like family and they are fantastic representatives of what Eat Fit Go believes in. See for yourself, come in and meet them, they’re all amazing and uniquely talented.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A great quote I stumbled upon and try to live by: “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”
What is your favorite local restaurant?
Eat Fit Go! Are there other options?
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