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Minnesota-based CRISP & GREEN is heading to Colorado. Franchise owner Peter Dwyer told What Now Denver that he is contracted to open five locations in the Denver area with the first planned to open on Lowry Boulevard in late March of 2022.
Dwyer said another franchisee plans to open additional CRISP & GREEN locations in Colorado. “We’re trying to bring a very strong presence to Denver, which we think is an excellent market, a great fit for our brand and our offering,” Dwyer explained.
Dwyer and his family are from Minnesota, where CRISP & GREEN first opened in 2016. “My wife and daughters have raved about CRISP & GREEN salads. They are very athletically-inclined, and they loved the foods in support of their healthy lifestyles—the salads, the grain bowls, and the protein smoothies,” Dwyer shared.
Steele Smiley founded the healthy fast-casual restaurant to offer convenient and healthy options to guests. Since then, CRISP & GREEN has expanded, and franchises are now planned for Colorado and other states including Florida, Arizona, and New Jersey.
Dwyer has a franchise background and reached out to CRISP & GREEN in Minnesota to discuss his options, which led him to the Denver market. The first Colorado location will be located at 7111 E. Lowry Blvd., Ste. 100, Denver, CO 80230, and another location could open in Cherry Creek.
Menu items include a variety of salads such as Chicken Casablanca, Thai & Stop Me, and the Wild Wild Southwest. Grain bowls include rice, proteins such as buffalo chicken or roasted chicken, a variety of veggies, and are served with dressings such as C&G ranch and lemon-herb vinaigrette. Guests can also build their own bowls.
All smoothies are gluten-free and include selections such as the Purple Rain featuring banana, blueberries, strawberries, apple, and plain pea protein.
Dwyer is working to find additional locations that could open during the summer of 2022 and beyond. “We’re just excited to get going and up and running.”