Downtown health food restaurant to expand space, menu

Oct. 31, 2019

A downtown health food restaurant is expanding its space and offerings.

OG Greens, which opened in May, is taking over an adjacent suite in the first-floor marketplace of the Jones421 Building on North Phillips Avenue.

The restaurant is growing into the former home of Lavender Skies massage studio, owner Brandon Manning said.

The additional room will allow the restaurant to display its fresh-squeezed juices and create a grab-and-go area for its salads and bowls. The menu and hours will expand to include breakfast offerings such as a yogurt parfait with granola and fruit; steel-cut oats with fruit, maple syrup and coconut sugar; and fruit salads.

Since the restaurant opened, it has been expanding its offerings. With the approach of colder weather, OG Greens started serving soup. An organic tomato soup is available daily – the restaurant is closed on Sundays. Monday through Wednesday, the choices are black bean or chicken with couscous, and Thursday through Saturday, the options are vegetable or beef and barley.

“We’ll also (eventually) have tacos once or twice a week. We already have all the components,” he said of the ingredients that go into OG Greens’ salads and bowls.

OG Greens now offers catering, a prepared-meal service and stocks menu items in refrigerated cases at CPM Fitness and Cuong Strong.

It recently teamed up with Severance Brewing Co., which is a couple of blocks north on Phillips Avenue and doesn’t have a kitchen, to deliver a few signature bowls to the brewery’s customers.

“We’ve created certain items that pair well with beer and wine,” Manning said, including a salmon bowl with cilantro lime basmati rice and veggies.

Manning said he envisions using the new space to help grow a community of people who are working to improve their wellness.

“We’re talking to nutritionists and trainers and may do soft discussions, so people can talk about what health and wellness means to them and share their experiences.”

He’s also talking with Dakota Fresh Food Hub about becoming a drop site for its online ordering service for local produce and other foods, and about adding a year-round farmers market.

Construction on the expansion project is expected to begin next week.

“I’m optimistic that once it actually starts we can have it done in three weeks.”

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Downtown health food restaurant to expand space, menu

A downtown health food restaurant is expanding its space and offerings.

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