New drive-thru restaurant to offer fast, fresh fare

Sweetgreen has plans to open in Highlands Ranch this year

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A California-based restaurant focused on providing fresh, healthy food has set its sights on Highlands Ranch for its first ever drive-thru location.

Sweetgreen, which already has two locations in Denver, plans to open its store at 9215 South Broadway in Highlands Ranch late this year, according to a spokesperson.

“It’s all about meeting customers where they are and creating an integrated experience designed for an on-demand world,” according to the spokesperson.

The restaurant uses an app-based ordering system to provide customers with food. Even before COVID-19 and the accompanying recommendations for social distancing, more than 50% of the company’s orders came through that app.

The drive-thru format builds upon that behavior and makes it even easier by allowing guests to access Sweetgreen without having to leave their vehicle, according to the spokesperson.

Onsite ordering is available as well.

The menu includes several seasonal and warm bowls along with salads and custom bowl options. Items include the crisy chicken salad for $11.95, the fish taco bowl for $12.50 and the garden cobb salad for $10.95.

The drive-thru location will have outdoor patio furniture for those who want to eat on site, rooftop solar panels and windows revealing the kitchen and food preparation.

The company, founded in 2007, has more than 100 other locations. The restaurants create their food from scratch.

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