Business beginnings: A new salad and a new patio in downtown Evanston

There was an opening of one new restaurant in downtown Evanston, as well as the opening up of another.

Farmhouse has a new outdoor seating area.

Farmhouse703 Church St., served the first of many meals under a covered patio late last week.

The roof covers a space facing the Evanston Public Library to the east, Orrington Avenue and Church Street to the south, and Sherman Avenue to the west.

Phil Cocco, General Manager, said the official application for the permanent use of formerly public space was submitted last year and processed by the city without delay or incident.

The new space features tabletop dining for approximately 40 people all year round. There are plans to attach walls around the three open sides come September or October and add portable heaters as the temperature drops. Diners enter the space by walking through the restaurant, entering near the Orrington Hotel entrance.

Sweetgreen cuts the ribbon

Sweetgreen, 1601 Sherman Ave., opened its doors earlier this week. The restaurant, focused on healthy, “reimagined fast food” is in the newly renovated Fountain Square Building (or the space formerly occupied by World of Beer.)

Mayor Daniel Biss was on hand for the ribbon cutting. With this new food destination comes 40 new jobs to Evanston, according to Jenn Huntross, who coordinates new restaurant openings for the Sweetgreen company.

Sweetgreen cuts the ribbon with Mayor Daniel Biss on hand.

The chain was started in 2007 in Washington, DC by three recent graduates of Georgetown University – Jonathan Neman, Nicholas Jammet and Nathaniel Ru.

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