‘sweetgreen’ to open third Philadelphia location at Center City Spring 2014
ABOVE PHOTO: Original sweetgreen Washington location
sweetgreen, the much-loved, organic, farm-to-table salad shops founded in Washington, D.C., will open its third Philadelphia store in Center City in Spring 2014. Located at 924 Walnut Street, the new sweetgreen is just down the street from the Thomas Jefferson University and Pennsylvania Hospitals. The Center City location will join sweetgreen’s two other Philadelphia stores - UPenn (3925 Walnut Street) and Ardmore (68 Coulter Ave) and marks its first downtown Philly location.
“sweetgreen loves Philly, and we could not be more excited about our new location in the downtown community,” said Nicolas Jammet, co-founder of sweetgreen. “We are really looking forward to bringing our salads, soups, grain bowls, and fresh pressed juice to this neighborhood.”
Like its predecessors, the new store was designed with green practices in mind to minimize its environmental footprint. With compostable packaging, design details and furniture made from reclaimed materials, LED light fixtures, and wind energy offset credits to power its stores, sweetgreen continually aims to raise the bar in sustainable business practices. The Center City store will feature reclaimed wood from Pennsylvania as well as an open kitchen design and unique outdoor-only seating.
sweetgreen’s menu includes eight signatures salads, such as Guacamole Greens, Spicy Sabzi and Earth Bowl, and guests can also design their own with ingredients of their choosing. For those looking for a heartier meal, grain bowls, featuring wild rice, quinoa and farro are a perfect option. Chilled soups are offered during summer, with warm soups served in winter, as well as organic, cold-pressed juice (sweetpress). Ever since opening, sweetgreen has been dedicated to working with and sourcing their ingredients from local farms. Each store features a chalkboard “Local List” showcasing the nearby farms and ingredients featured on the menu. The opening menu at the Center City location will include apples from Boyer Orchard, PA; goat cheese from Kirchenberg Goat Dairy, PA; and mushrooms from McDowell Farm, PA.
Founded in 2007 by Georgetown University graduates Nicolas Jammet, Jonathan Neman and Nathaniel Ru, sweetgreen has become a favorite not only for its delicious and healthy food, but also for its commitment to local farmers, the community, sustainability, and outstanding company culture. sweetgreen was born from the belief that the community would benefit from a healthy, delicious, and eco-friendly dining option. The founders passionately believed it was possible to create “food that fits” – your values, your budget, your tastes, your imagination, and your community.
They opened their first location, a 560-square foot space in Georgetown, in August 2007 – just three months out of college. The shop quickly grew a cult-like following and, over the next six years, the threesome went on to open over 20 additional locations throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Philadelphia, Boston and New York City. The company also founded sweetlife, an annual food and music festival that attracts a curated selection of cutting edge artists and 20,000 attendees – not to mention outstanding food from top chefs, food trucks, local purveyors and farmers. This year, the music lineup featured several high profile artists including Phoenix, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Solange, and more.
sweetgreen is a place that unites ideas and concepts commonly thought to be mutually exclusive – not only in business, but also in life. sweetgreen believes that food can be both healthy and delicious, high-quality and affordable; that experiences can be both meaningful and fun, hip and wholesome; and that business practices can combine style and substance while being mutually beneficial to the company and community they serve.
Over the years, sweetgreen has received numerous accolades from the press including The Washington Post, USA Today, Food & Wine, Forbes, Bloomberg, Washingtonian, CBS, and CNBC, among others, and the founders were voted Food & Wine’s “40 Big Thinkers Under 40,” Forbes’ “30 Under 30,” and Refinery29’s “30 Under 30.”
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