Salad franchise moves in downtown
A fast-casual chain of salad restaurants is entering the market.
Saladworks will open this spring in downtown Grand Rapids, at 40 Ionia Ave. SW — becoming the chain's first restaurant in Michigan, according to its website.
Philadelphia-based Saladworks opened its first restaurant in 1986 in Cherry Hill Township, N.J.
Today, the fast-casual franchise — which also specializes in soups and sandwiches — serves more than 100 locations in 11 states.
The restaurant is being brought to the region by franchisee TiJu Ventures.
A restoration project at the restaurant's space is expected to cost $610,000, including a signage package of $18,500, according to the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority.
The DDA approved today $12,000 in grants for the historic storefront renovation.
The Historic Preservation Commission also approved the plans to alter the storefront in the Heartside neighborhood.