Salata, The Next Generation Salad Bar, originated in Houston and already has several Dallas-area locations -- now it's ready to open one in downtown Fort Worth.
The company announced today that it's planning to open a location at 500 Commerce Street No. 520 in late August. This is across Bass Hall, in or near a space where a number of restaurants and wine bars have come and gone during the past decade. Maybe the healthfulness of Salata will change that. "Patrons can create their own fresh, healthy and tossed-to-order salads and salad wraps," the release says. "The menu offers a wide variety of fresh lettuces, veggies, chicken, seafood, fruits, nuts and cheeses, as well as signature dressings, sauces and soups. For a quick, guilt-free treat, bite-sized brownies and cookies are offered for dessert." You can get a better idea of the menu options here, or look at the catering menu here, or check out the dressings here.
According to Salata's web site, "The initial idea for Salata came to owner/franchisor, Berge Simonian back in early 2003, when he noticed an increased demand for salads [at] a Houston downtown tunnel restaurant he had owned and operated since 1994. After extensive research and development, he, along with his business partner & brother-in-law Tony Kyoumjian, developed the Salata signature dressings, sauces and soups, and opened the first Salata location in Oct. 2005. By late 2009 there will be nine locations, in Houston, Dallas and Plano." You can find out more about Salata here.