Fast-casual salad chain Saladworks is expanding into Dallas-Fort Worth, with two locations set to open in Tarrant County: one in Southlake's Gateway Plaza in summer 2018, and another in the new Citadel development in Fort Worth, in fall 2018.
These will join a location in Irving that opened in 2016 near 635 and Belt Line Road.
Saladworks is based in Pennsylvania and has nearly 100 locations throughout the U.S. and abroad. They make entree-sized salads. Guests can choose from more than 60 ingredients to make their own custom salad, or choose from one of Saladworks' signature or seasonal salads.
They also have soups, panini, and sandwiches such as an avocado BLT. There are a dozen wraps, which are like salads you can hold in your hand; options include a Greek, Cobb, and one with buffalo-style chicken and blue cheese.
The Dallas-Fort Worth market will be an early adopter of the concept's new menu featuring more vegetarian and vegan-centered dishes; grain bowls; and aguas frescas beverages — all of which will complement a new line of salads.
Saladworks brags that they've been making salads since before salads were cool. This is good news, to find out that salads are cool. The actual year their company was founded is 1986.
They chop their produce all day, every day: from kale to carrots to quinoa, it's chop chop chop.
Saladworks President/CEO Patrick Sugrue says in a release that DFW is promising for a number of reasons, including population growth and diversity.
"Dallas-Fort Worth is an economically prosperous, high-growth city that presents a unique opportunity for development," he says. "As a younger demographic continues to migrate to the city for work, Saladworks is well-positioned to meet this demand and offer a chef-inspired, customizable entrée salad that is rich with flavorful ingredients and aligns with the lifestyle of these residents."
Saladworks has more plans for Dallas-Fort Worth, with a focus on Frisco, downtown Dallas, North Dallas, and the Dallas Medical District for possible sites.
"Dallas-Fort Worth is a key market for growth and we're excited to bring our flavorful and plentiful food to more Texans as we continue to bring qualified partners into our successful franchise system to open new locations," Sugrue says.