As some of us need to be eating healthier these days Sweetgreen is the ideal place for you to eat at. They have one here in downtown Bethesda, Maryland in this amazing business district that has pretty much a piece of everything. There are more restaurants and businesses than you could count in a quick visit to your favorite coffee shop.
Located at 4831 Bethesda Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland 20814 they are open every day at 11:00a.m to 10:00 p.m. every day.
The company was founded in 2007 with a very altruistic message of value. They want to be very community involved as they prepare and make their food for members of the community. They want to be involved with local and organic farmers to use their products and to introduce a system where everyone wins. They develop many partnerships to improve their vision in sustainability and long term mission goals.
These are their five core values:
Win, win win, create solutions where the company wins, the customer wins and the community wins. Think sustainability and make decisions that will last longer than you will. Keep it real, cultivate authentic food and relationships. Add the sweet touch; create meaningful connections every day from farm to patron. Make an impact, think smarter, work harder and do it together.
I had a wrap on a whole wheat tortilla. They put the ingredients that you want into a basic salad bowl and mix it all together with a dressing to then put in the tortilla. I ordered avocado, romaine lettuce, cucumbers, green peppers, carrots and this very creamy cucumber dressing that was tart and sweet also. It was really good and it felt very liberating to be eating something that was so good for you as well as helping all these family and local farmers.
It is an extremely good feeling to know where your money is going on the purchase of food. It cost about eight dollars for the wrap; it was a very basic item that is served at the establishment. I have no problem paying more for this item if I know where that money is going to in actuality, where it isn’t going as well. I imagine there are many other people who are beginning to feel the same way, wanting a very direct line of finance from table to farm.
All the food is hormone free, and the ingredients are fresh and well maintained. I believe even the store is built in the most eco-friendly technical way possible. The products used to make items to go are eco-friendly packaged and they use only biodegradable, paper wrapping for the wraps. They even have an online store where you can buy reusable bagging products. I imagine this kind of store design and business model will be becoming more popular in the future.
Will it put McDonald’s out of business? I don’t really have that answer but core values could really help a business right now, and delivering the promise of sustainability and helping the community. When was the last time you ever heard a mission statement from McDonald’s ever talk about helping a community?