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In a city known for ex­cess, Panacea ( stands out like an or­ange-robed monk med­i­tat­ing in the mid­dle of a smoky casino floor. The new plant-based res­tau­rant, juice bar and well­ness cen­ter in Boca Park al­lows you to ex­pe­ri­ence the heal­ing power of food, Zen out and en­gage with Ve­gas’ health-minded com­mu­nity, says Shane Stu­art, co-founder of Panacea, who also opened one of the city’s first health restau­rants, Down­town’s now-de­funct Grass­roots Juice Bar. “Panacea isn’t just about food,” says Stu­art. “We’re about peo­ple com­ing to­gether, and rais­ing the over­all health and en­ergy of the Ve­gas com­mu­nity.” That’s why Panacea also of­fers tea cer­e­monies and events that bring the com­mu­nity to­gether to learn and talk about well­ness. But that’s not to say the menu is an af­ter­thought. Panacea, for ex­am­ple, serves the per­fect guilt-free cheat meal: the Ul­ti­mate burger— a mimic of an In-n- Out Burger that swaps beef for a black bean, quinoa, far­row and mush­room patty— and an or­ganic vegetable and fruit smoothie that tastes just like a mint choco­late chip milk­shake. Af­ter lunch, set­tle in with your lap­top and an oth­er­worldly cof­fee. “We serve lat­tes made with in­dige­nous su­per­foods like beet­root, spir­ulina and matcha maca,” says Stu­art. Soon, Panacea will of­fer buzz-in­duc­ing bev­er­ages like raw wine, dan­de­lion wine, or kom­bucha fer­mented with health-im­prov­ing in­gre­di­ents like turmeric and goji berries. “My phi­los­o­phy is that you heal the soul, the soul heals the mind, the mind heals the body,” Stu­art says. “And all that heal­ing starts from the inside, with food.” – Michael Easter

It’s well­ness happy hour at Panacea.

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