Today is a very, very exciting day for me. After months of hearing about this great restaurant idea, I finally got to experience what it means to #ThinkGreens. Today, I tried Baton Rouge's newest restaurant, The Salad Shop, for the first time and after only minutes I was in love.
I'm not sure what it was that got me, the complete ingenuity of taking something so simple and making it so big, the deliciously fresh salad, or the story of the guy behind it all.
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I met him for myself today. Working the cash register with bright eyes with a wild smile, looking totally engulfed in pure joy. You can instantly tell he's passionate about the business and in my opinion, totally deserving of it's already thriving success.
In just two years after graduating from LSU, Salad Shop owner Bradley Sanchez had landed a dream job of marketing Broadway shows in New York. However, he left it all to answer to the entrepreneurial bug. My favorite is the advice that his dad gave him when he was feeling unsure. Sanchez explains in an interview with Baton Rouge Advocate writer Kyle Peveto, “He told me, ‘You can do it, or you can watch someone else do it, because they will do it.’ ”
Being a young professional myself, eating up success stories of other people like me, it is hard for me to not instantly love the business.You have to admit, it has to be an incredible feeling watching your big leap of faith come alive in front of your eyes. It's an entrepreneurial stroke of genius, and I haven't even started talking about the salad yet.
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Located at Perkins and Acadian, in the same parking lot as Juban's, The Salad Shop has only been open for three days. However, judging by the number of people there and the absolute ease people ordered with, you would think that this was a Baton Rouge institution. The restaurant is modern and fresh. It works like a Subway or an Izzos, except you don't have to feel guilty at the end and there are no cookies tempting you by the register. Forget the carbs, this place is like Atkins heaven. (However, if you'd like your salad as a wrap that's also an option.)
I wish Bradley all the best as he kicks off this great idea. I can't wait to see where it goes. You can find The Salad Shop on their website, Facebook and Instagram. Have you checked them out yet? What is your favorite salad? Give us a shout in the comments!
Chelsea Bennett, Communications Intern