October 9 2019

Fast Order Restaurant Sweetgreen Eying Spot in Mall Renovation Project

By: Rich Hosford

Another addition to the upcoming Village at Burlington Mall project has filed paperwork with the town. 


A special permit application has been filed with the Planning Department for Sweetgreen Boston, LLC, for future occupancy in the building located at 85 Middlesex Turnpike that was the former Sears Auto Center. The application is for the fast order food establishment Sweetgreen. The restaurant is proposing the use of 2,831 square feet of the new building, including a 492 square foot patio. In total it will have seating for 40 patrons.


According to the application, Sweetgreen offers simple, seasonal, healthy food within a casual dining setting.


Sweetgreen was founded in 2007 by three recent graduates of Georgetown University’s business school. It focuses on salads, bowls with fresh ingredients and seasonal offerings.  


The company’s website says they want to promote healthy eating and healthy communities. 


“Sweetgreen is a destination for simple, seasonal, healthy food,” the site states. “We believe the choices we make about what we eat, where it comes from and how it’s prepared have a direct and powerful impact on the health of individuals, communities and the environment. That’s why we’re building a transparent supply network, why we cook from scratch, and why we’re building a community of people who support real food. We’re in the business of feeding people, and we’re out to change what that means.”


The restaurant has also worked with celebrities and celebrity chefs to design signature salads. One such salad was done in partnership with Chef Dan Barber who created the "wastED" salad which uses “food scraps that are commonly thrown away.” 


“The purpose of the collaboration was to teach consumers about the country's food waste problem and encourage people to use plant parts that are often ‘wasted,’” the company’s Wikipedia page explains. 


Click here to see the website and menu. 


The special permit application is scheduled to be before the Planning Board on Thursday, November 7.


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