Bowled over! Downtown diners cheer Sweetgreen’s arrival in nabe

Coming soon: Salad place Sweetgreen just signed a lease for a Two Trees-owned Court Street building and plans to open in December.
Community News Group / Julianne Cuba

Our neighborhood lunch rush is about to get a lot sweeter!

Locals and commuters who live and work in offices near the Brooklyn Paper’s headquarters in America’s Downtown are salivating over news that popular fast-salad spot Sweetgreen is opening up on Court Street later this year.

“This is a surprise,” said Kiley Hinkle, who just this month moved into an apartment inside the mixed-use building where the eatery will set up shop. “I’m very excited.”

The latest location of Sweetgreen, where patrons can make their own protein-and-veggie-packed salads or grain bowls, or choose from pre-made items on a menu that changes seasonally, is the restaurant’s fourth in Kings County, which also boasts a store in Dumbo and two in Williamsburg — one of which exclusively caters to employees of Vice Media, making the Brooklyn Paper wonder when its private outpost will arrive.

Until it does, the Paper’s staffers will just have to walk the few blocks to the forthcoming store at the intersection of Court Street and Atlantic Avenue — a corner that one resident said will be the new nexus of his universe when the fast-casual restaurant moves in next to his favorite coffee shop and clothing store.

“It’s official: Court and Atlantic is the best corner in Brooklyn. Between Sweetgreen, Stumptown, and Marshalls, I am full, focused, and fully clothed,” said Mike Rondinaro, who lives in Cobble Hill. “I love salads in particular because they fit my ketogenic diet.”

Another frequent customer of the area’s many establishments said she’s keeping her eyes peeled for signs of leaf inside the in-the-works eatery, which is expected to welcome its first patrons in December.

“I’m down here everyday shopping for my food, so I’ll see it,” said Clinton Hiller Francine Dixon, who works nearby.

Sweetgreen — where pre-made salads start at $10.50, and warm bowls at $11.75 — will open on the ground floor of the 11-story building at 125 Court St., which is run by Dumbo–based developer Two Trees, and also includes the Brooklyn Dodge YMCA, as well as a storefront recently vacated by frozen-yogurt churner Red Mango that the builders are looking to fill, according to a rep.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Fresh: Popular salad place Sweetgreen will open inside Brooklyn-based Two Trees’ Court Street building.
Photo by Caroline Ourso

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