Salad restaurant enters downtown mix
An inexpensive, healthy twist to lunch will soon be available in downtown Grand Rapids.
Saladworks, a fresh-tossed salad restaurant, is set to open on Aug. 20 at 44 Ionia Ave. SW. The restaurant offers a variety of $5 signature salads. The downtown location will be the first in Michigan, with franchisees Tim and Julie Calderone planning two more locations in the near future.
The Calderones also operate Kilwins, the chocolate shop located in downtown Grand Rapids.
“We are already familiar with operating a successful franchise and were looking to expand our portfolio of businesses,” said Tim Calderone in a release. “After enjoying the Saladworks experience in other markets, we were really impressed with the quality and healthy choices the menu offered. It’s appealing to all ages and we feel this area could benefit from having a fast causal option that is guilt-free and tailored to the active lifestyle of Grand Rapid residents and business people.”
The concept allows customers to build entrée-sized salads with whatever they want on it. Customers can choose from 12 suggested salads or customize the dish with more than 60 ingredients chopped in-house daily. Customers can also choose soups, sandwiches and a combination of the three types of dishes offered.
The second location is planned for this fall on 28th Street SE, near Centerpointe Mall. A third Saladworks in the market is planned in the future.
Saladworks will be open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays 12-6 p.m. Online ordering and catering also will be available.
The restaurant chain operates 110 locations internationally with more than 100 in development. The menu items average less than 300 calories. The first Saladworks opened in 1986 at the Cherry Hill Mall in New Jersey, near Philadelphia.
“Grand Rapids is filled with discerning health-conscious diners with a keen eye for fresh, great-tasting food,”said Saladworks Chairman and CEO John Scardapane. “Whether they are local residents or work in the area, we have no doubt that our fanatical commitment to freshness and quality ingredients will make a tremendous impact on the people of Grand Rapids. The downtown Grand Rapids market was a logical first step for West Michigan and the Calderones. We look forward to success in this market and other surrounding areas.”