Crisp & Green restaurant chain begins expansion in Florida –

Minneapolis-based Crisp & Green begins its Florida expansion this week with the opening of its first restaurant in Venice. The fast-casual restaurant concept with a healthier full-meal menu plans for 30 locations statewide over the next two years, including locations in Naples and Estero.

In addition to today’s launch on US 41 in Venice, Crisp & Green is planning four more openings this summer in the Central and Southwest Florida communities of Sarasota, Tampa and Orlando with its second Florida the venue will open June 18 at The Pointe at Founders Square in the Naples area. This new restaurant-centric retail center on the southeast corner of Immokalee Road and Collier Boulevard recently hosted Skillets, I Heart Mac & Cheese and Fuji Sushi Bar & Asian Bistro, while Outback Steakhouse, South Street City Oven & Grill and Tacos & Tequila Cantina are also coming soon.

A Crisp & Green Estero location is under construction at Estero Crossings, Naples-based Stock Development’s new mixed-use project on Corkscrew Road, just west of Interstate 75. Other restaurants and retailers planned , include Oak & Stone, Chicken Salad Chick, Orange Theory, Restore Cryotherapy and Sherwin-Williams.

Crisp & Green’s plant-based menu includes cereal bowls, salads and smoothies. The fast-growing chain is operated by Minnesota-based Steele Brands, founded by CEO Steele Smiley in 2016.

“Floridians crave high-quality foods with great flavor that are healthy and they can grab on the go,” Smiley said via a press release. “We are grateful to be able to meet customer demand with fresh menu items and become the fast and healthy option in Central and Southwest Florida this summer. We are ready expand aggressively across the entire state of Florida over the next two years.

With restaurants already open in Colorado, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Texas, the chain has nearly 200 stores built or under development in 19 states. Promoting a culture of “Living Crisp,” Crisp & Green is known for offering free workouts, usually held on the restaurant’s patio or in its parking lot through partnerships with local fitness studios and certified trainers.

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