May 18, 2013
Friday, 17 August 2012 12:16
Think fast food has to involve a Big Mac and fries super sized? Well, the people behind Green & Tonic would urge you to reconsider that. The health-conscious, quick-service restaurant has now opened in Greenwich with no less an aim than "revolutionizing" how we approach getting a quick bite to eat. Green & Tonic opened its first full-scale restaurant at 7 Strickland Road in Cos Cob this summer.
Green & Tonic is the creation of the husband-and-wife team of Jeffrey and Cai Boldt Pandolfino who are very familiar with the town already. The new restaurant is extremely close to where the couple had previously operated Plum Pure Foods from 2003 to 2008.
The Pandolfinos say that they aim to satisfy the public's rapidly-growing appetite for healthy eating with restaurants that feature "an innovative menu consisting exclusively of goods that are energy-rich and nutrient-dense as well as great tasting."
The new 1,000-square-foot restaurant is an extension of the Green & Tonic brand the Pandolfinos introduced online in 2010 that provided customers with home delivery of items like cold-pressed juices and teas, as well as fruit-, vegetable-and nut-based shakes.
This past March they opened a takeout-only location in Darien, but this is their first sit-down restaurant under the Green & Tonic concept.
The 12-seat restaurant features items ranging from vegan/vegetarian wraps, salads, soups, and protein bars to oatmeal, dips and spreads, parfaits and functional smoothies along with other snacks.
All are designed to meet the increasing consumer demand for foods and beverages that are delicious, yet also low in calories, contain no preservatives and provide the fiber, vitamins and minerals needed to support today's active lifestyles.
"People are looking for a convenient way to weave high levels of nutrition into their lives at least two or three days a week," Mr. Pandolfino said.
"We're taking our knowledge as chefs, restaurateurs and caterers and applying it, using modern ingredients, modern flavor profiles and modern food combinations, to create dishes that are quick, convenient, healthy and taste great, making you want to come back for more."
Ms. Pandolfino added, "We believe in food as a foundation for good health and well-being. Proper nutrition allows the body to maintain a healthy balance, fight stress and fatigue, and heal itself naturally. Furthermore, understanding how our bodies use and react to the foods we consume is what enables us to reach our highest physical and mental potential."
The restaurant says it will provide eco-friendly packaging for its food and maintain environmentally responsible operations through recycling and composting. It also claims to have a "unique interior design" with many contemporary elements, such as an iPad for ringing up sales and a large wall-mounted LCD screen for displaying the restaurant's menu, all of which are intended to engender an "interactive and educational" environment.
"This is going to be something the community has never seen before," Mr. Pandolfino.
"We're breaking down the traditional quick-service, standing behind the counter and serving you mentality."
He later added, "Living this lifestyle and eating these foods is only good. There is no downside. It's an alternative place for people to get healthy, good tasting food, which, ironically, we don't have in Greenwich."
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