Silver Lake -- The salad bar appears to enjoying a renaissance -- some have dubbed it Salad Bar 2.0 -- as new chains have put salads and salad bowls front and center on their menus. Now, two of those chains are preparing to open a few blocks from each other on Sunset Boulevard.
Unlike the serve-yourself salad bars at Souplantation or Sizzler, the millennial-friendly version of the salad bar has customers lined up to order pre-selected salads or select the greens and veggies they desire.
We told you earlier this year that Sweetgreen -- which serves "make-your-own" as well prepared salads (think lentil and avocado or a kale caesar) and "warm bowls" with roasted chicken, tofu or fish -- is opening in the former Pollo Loco building at Sunset and Sanborn Avenue. Looks like that location is finally getting ready to open as Washington, D.C.-based Sweetgreen, which has more than 90 outlets nationwide, expands across L.A.
Meanwhile, a few blocks east at Sunset and Vendome Street, San Francisco-based salad chain MIXT is preparing to open its third L.A. restaurant.
In addition to salads, expect grain bowls (with or without meat), grain bowls as well as a wine and craft beer, kombucha on tap and a “Salad Valet” for curbside pickup. The restaurant will hold tastings of the newest plant-based items from the people who brought you the Impossible burger.
MIXT Silver Lake is expected to open this fall, the company said.