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Sweetgreen to open in downtown Mountain View

Uploaded: Aug 2, 2016

Sweetgreen, a national salad chain that bids itself as "a leader in the movement to make healthy food available to the masses," is opening a location on Castro Street in downtown Mountain View.

Sweetgreen is moving into the building at 420 Castro St., most recently the home of fusion restaurant Mixx. Mixx closed last August after just under a year of business.

The space has since reportedly been split into two, with Sweetgreen taking over one part. No word yet on who has laid claim to the other portion.

A Sweetgreen public relations representative confirmed the opening but declined to say when the eatery will be open or to provide more details.

"We will have additional details to share in the new year," the representative wrote in an email.

The Mountain View Sweetgreen comes on the heels of a new outpost that opened in downtown Palo Alto this May.

At Sweetgreen, employees assemble salads in front of customers -- much like at a Chipotle or another fast-casual restaurant -- but the ingredients are all high-quality, seasonal and locally sourced. Whole vegetables, whole fruits and whole grains are delivered to the stores every morning, according to a page on the company's website titled "Food Ethos."

"Our team dices, slices, spices and roasts in-house every day because food tastes better when it’s made fresh," the website reads.

A Sweetgreen employee preps salad ingredients. Photo courtesy Sweetgreen.

The menu changes several times a year with the seasons and also varies depending on what's available in that particular region.

Sweetgreen also believes in a "transparent supply chain," so lists food sources on each store's walls and has employees prepare food in an open kitchen.

The menu includes signature salads, seasonal combinations or a make-your-own option. Signature salads range from the "Rad Thai" (organic arugula and mesclun with sprouts, carrots, shredded cabbage, spicy sunflower seeds, cucumbers, basil, citrus shrimp and spicy cashew dressing) to "Guacamole Greens" (organic mesclun, tomatoes, red onion, tortilla chips, avocado, roasted chicken, a squeeze of lime and a lime-cilantro-jalapeño vinaigrette. There are also grain bowls with ingredients like quinoa, farro, rice, vegetables and other ingredients.

There are 48 Sweetgreen locations throughout the country, mostly on the East Coast. The Palo Alto outpost was the chain’s second-ever in the Bay Area, following Berkeley, which opened in April.

The New York Times' Well blog recently featured an interesting post on the challenge Sweetgreen faces of making high-quality, healthy food affordable: Sweetgreen Makes Healthful Fast Food — But Can You Afford It?