New restaurant Fit + seeks healthier lifestyle for its patrons

Ashley Sexton makes a smoothie for a customer at Fit+ cafe on Perimeter Drive on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

I saw a need for healthier eating.

Andy Peters says Chattanooga, while it likes to bill itself as a center for outdoor activities, also ranks high on the list of America's unhealthiest cities.

"I've got an opportunity to make it better," said Peters, whose new restaurant, Fit +, opened earlier this year.

Peters said downtown has juice bars and "hipster cafés," but the area around Lee Highway and Highway 153 is lacking.

"It offers this area something different," said the 35-year-old restaurateur about his venture next door to Planet Fitness at 6231 Perimeter Dr.

photo Owner Andy Peters is photographed at Fit+ cafe on Perimeter Drive on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Unhealthy distinction?

The website WalletHub earlier this year ranked each of the 150 largest cities in the U.S.