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On the heels of filing plans to enter the Atlanta market with an outpost in Old Fourth Ward’s Ponce City Market (PCM), billion-dollar salad chain Sweetgreen is now making moves to open in Buckhead. The Los Angeles-based fast-casual restaurant on Friday filed plans with the city to convert space most recently home to Shaun Doty’s ATL Taco in Lenox Square, into a Sweetgreen. Converting the 3,768-square-foot space into the national salad chain is expected to cost $791,000, according to the permit filing.
Sweetgreen reps on Monday did not immediately respond to What Now Atlanta’s request for comment, so the timeline for the restaurant’s opening is unclear. It would likely debut in early-to-mid-2021 based on where the restaurant sits currently in the permitting process. The PCM outpost is also set to debut next year.
On the menu are salads like the Chicken Pesto Parm, bowls like the Kale Ceasar, plates like the Herby Fish + Rice, and seasonal dishes like the Peaches + Yogurt, which is on rotation with the seasons. Guests can also build their own salad or bowl by choosing a base (lettuce, rice, etc.), ingredients (veggies and nuts), “premiums,” (meats and cheeses), and dressings.
Founded in Washington, D.C. in 2007, Sweetgreen in recent years has quickly grown its national footprint and continues to add locations including in L.A. where the company currently operates as of 2016. The fast-casual salad chain in late-2019 had a valuation of $1.6 billion.