Monday, August 12, 2019
Fast-casual chain Sweetgreen bringing the salads and bowls to the Bowery
The ever-expanding Sweetgreen chain is opening a location at 347 Bowery. Signage for the line-inducing fast-casual restaurant is now up in the windows here at Third Street...
This marks the first retail tenant in the ground floor of No. 347, the Annabelle Selldorf-designed 13-story luxury building that features five stacked town homes. In early 2018, signage arrived for Pilotworks, which was planning a "culinary incubator" for its food businesses to sell products. Those plans never materialized as Pilotworks tanked in the fall of 2018.
Sweetgreen has opened nearby outposts on Astor Place and University Place in recent years.
Previously on EV Grieve:
The Salvation Army's former East Village Residence will be demolished on the Bowery
Whatever happened to that really ugly hotel planned for the Bowery?
Looks like 347 Bowery will be home to a 13-floor mixed-use residential development
The future of 347 Bowery (sorta!) revealed
Let's take a look at 347 Bowery, now and in the future
347 Bowery getting its zinc supplements
More about the new venture from Pilotworks on the Bowery
Posted by Grieve at 4:20 AM
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Of course another chain business what else could afford and fill a space like this. I wonder what will replace it in two years.
Sweetgreen is thriving because of their price point, plant focused menu, and modern, clean look. In today's uncertain financial climate, most consumers search for a meal that is fresh, inexpensive, and trustworthy. I can understand why as I often pass locations here in the city that there is almost always a line inside from day to night with patrons occupying all of the seats. Usually, if this was another outpost of an incoming food chain, I would bemoan their arrival and vent. Not today. Neighborhoods such as ours and beyond need places like this as it promotes mindful eating. Hats off to this successful company for launching a venture which believes in sustainability and healthy, delicious food. And no, I do not work for them nor do I know of anyone who does. I just happen to enjoy their product and what they stand for.
There is one of these opening near my office, as well as home. I looked up the menu and salads seem to range $9-$14. Kind of steep, but so is everything else. If it's good, I'd rather have this than a bar or another junk food or dessert place.
More $%#^@&*!!! bowls?!? In the immortal words of Charlie Brown, "Aaaauuuuugggghhhh!"
I'm with Gojira. Enough with these bowls. Make smart, sensible and sustainable food but not in some crazy bowl.
Would you prefer they serve it in a hoof? ;)
All the characters in Dickens' "Oliver Twist" (except the protagonist) were happy with their "bowls" -- so what's the problem?
To be clear here... they make salads. Salads usually come in bowls. Sometimes they serve more quinoa in the bowl than greens, but it's still, essentially, a salad....
WHO CARES? What is the salad supposed to come in? A coffee cup? At least these bowls are not made of plastic like other businesses. They are actually made of recyclable paper. Why do some have to nitpick at everything?
Plant fibers, not paper. Completely compostable
"Plant fibers, not paper. Completely compostable."
Or are they? New Food Economy tested fiber bowls in NYC from Sweetgreen, Chipotle, Dig, etc., and found that all of the samples contained high levels of flourine, which indicates treatment with PFAS compounds. PFAS are not known to be healthy, and they don't degrade, ever. The article concludes that these popular bowls "are likely making compost more toxic, adding to the chemical load of the very solid and water they were supposed to help improve."
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