Salad Chain Sweetgreen Taking Old Il Mattone Space in Tribeca

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Waiting for vinaigrette. Photo: Sweetgreen

The Commercial Observer reports that the Washington, D.C.-based sustainable salad chainlet Sweetgreen has signed a ten-year lease at 413 Greenwich Street, which was up until the arrival of Hurricane Sandy the longtime home to Il Mattone. (That restaurant has since merged brick ovens with Tre Sorelle, a dozen blocks south.) The chain was founded in 2007 by three Georgetown University students — including Nicolas Jammet, whose folks owned French restaurant institution La Caravelle — who had been searching for local greens in all the wrong places. Now things have sprouted, and the salad, yogurt, and organic-fresh-pressed-juice purveyors are simultaneously expanding to Boston. In New York, in addition to its Tribeca location, Sweetgreen will also open inside the NoMad Hotel this summer. [Commercial Observer, Earlier]