Minnesota salad and grain bowl chain Crisp & Green plans expansion to Orlando

Minnesota salad and grain bowl chain Crisp & Green plans expansion to Orlando
Photo via Instagram/Crisp & Green

The Minnesota-based salad chain Crisp & Green is planning a massive expansion to the Orlando area.

According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, who spoke with CEO Steele Smiley, the chain plans nearly 20 restaurants for the I-4 corridor. They hope to open between five and eight locations in Orlando and a further eight to 12 stores in Tampa.

Smiley told the paper that a deal had already been reached with a Tampa franchisee, though he declined to share their name.

"They're professional restaurateurs who are involved in other concepts," Smiley said.

The push into central Florida is part of a nationwide expansion for the brand in 2021. The salad and grain bowl fast-casual restaurant is also planning to build in Texas, Iowa and the Dakotas. Smiley noted that the coronavirus pandemic offered a mixed blessing for franchises. While opening restaurants has become riskier, the wealth of cheap real estate post-economic downturn lowers the stakes considerably.

“Real estate has never been more open. It’s never been cheaper,” Smiley told the Business Journal.

When they open, the chain will offer a mix of salads, grain bowls, and smoothies.

Stay on top of Central Florida news and views with our weekly newsletters, and consider supporting this free publication. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you Central Florida news, and every little bit helps.


Since 1990, Orlando Weekly has served as the free, independent voice of Orlando, and we want to keep it that way.

Becoming an Orlando Weekly Supporter for as little as $5 a month allows us to continue offering readers access to our coverage of local news, food, nightlife, events, and culture with no paywalls.

Join today because you love us, too.

Scroll to read more Food News articles

Join Orlando Weekly Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.