We are extremely excited to announce our opening of Fork & Salad Orange!! Our first mainland venture is located at 240 W. Chapman Avenue in the historic district of Old Towne Orange in California. We will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., every day of the week. We’re grateful to be welcomed into the community, and co-owner/chef Travis Morrin shares some thoughts on why Orange is such a fantastic fit.
“We were completely charmed by Old Towne Orange from the beginning. The way its culture not only respects the past, but also welcomes the future as an emerging area, makes it the perfect match for our mainland headquarters,” he says, “Our vision has always been to redefine the possibilities of farm-to-table cuisine. With the strength of Fransmart behind us, we’re confident you’ll see Fork & Salad first across California and then sprout up organically across the country and around the world.”
Here are some cool facts about our new spot…
-The location is situated near prestigious Chapman University, close to The Circle downtown and less than a block a new 600-space parking structure, which also serves as a public rail drop-off/pick-up spot.
-Our 1,535-square-foot space includes seating for more than 40 guests, including a spacious outdoor patio with umbrellas.
-With the expertise of Touchstone Construction Services, an award-winning contractor affiliated with Old Towne Preservation Association (OTPA), we put a lot of care and respect into this historically-restored building. It showcases the original brick construction from 1922 and open wood truss beams.
-We have currently hired 28 local employees as salad technicians, managers, prep cooks and more.
-We have partnered with local suppliers like Bread Artisan Bakery (Orange County) for our sandwiches and salad breads, and Bootstrap Kombucha (San Diego) for our kombucha on draft.
-Along with our free mobile app for advanced ordering and easy pick-up, customers can use food delivery services like Door Dash, Grub Hub and Uber Eats to enjoy our menu items at home and work.
-Our Orange menu features 10 signature salads, two grain bowls, six sandwiches and daily soups. We have five types of greens, five proteins and 11 gluten-free dressings.
-Along with a variety of kombucha on draft daily, we have house-made lemonades and black teas. In Orange, we are also offering skinny teas in cucumber mint and daily flavors.
-Our produce supplier sources 90% of its items locally from Southern and Central California farms.
-We will also feature the Orange Home Grown Seasonal Salad, a special item that changes with the seasons and showcases local produce; as part of our giveback program, a portion of each salad purchase will benefit local nonprofit, Orange Home Grown Foundation, all year long.
-This is our third corporate Fork & Salad location, following eateries in Kīhei and Kahului, Maui, and fourth restaurant for the business (including Three’s Bar & Grill). This venture introduces the brand to the mainland U.S., and provides a solid example of our efficient design and healthy fast-casual concept. Orange will also serve as a training store for future franchisee operators as we expand.
Speaking of that, we are beyond excited to be linked up with Fransmart, the industry-leading franchise development company behind the explosive growth of brands like Five Guys Burgers and Fries, The Halal Guys, and Qdoba Mexican Grill, as their exclusive franchise development partner to grow the brand in California – and beyond. Our concept is currently welcoming experienced multi-unit foodservice operators to develop franchise territories in major markets. Those interested in joining the Fork & Salad ‘ohana as franchisees will receive comprehensive training and support from start to finish, from site selection expertise and simple floor plans to custom training systems and localized brand building. To learn more about Fork & Salad franchising opportunities, please visit here.
“In the franchise world, the next big opportunity for a concept to grow larger than 1,000 locations is healthy fast-casual,” says Fransmart CEO Dan Rowe, who happened to drive past Fork & Salad the day it opened on Maui two years ago. “It was love at first sight. This concept is the perfect blend of craveable, healthy food, lightning-fast speed, a simple operating model and genuine Hawaiian soul. Customers vote with their wallets and numbers here are strong – there is nothing like Fork & Salad.”
Although our doors in Orange opened Saturday, June 1st (exactly a year after we opened Kahului, by the way!!), we’ll have a Grand Opening celebration on Friday, June 21st that will begin at 10:30 a.m. with an authentic Hawaiian blessing to infuse the new space with Aloha Spirit. This will be led by cultural practitioner Kimokeo Kapahulehua; we’re honored that he is flying in from Maui for the ceremony. Our Grand Opening day will also showcase a pop-up farm stand from Orange Home Grown between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., along with live music and great giveaways. The first 200 customers in line will receive a free salad, grain bowl or sandwich. Additional discounts will be available throughout grand opening day, including a BOGO deal and 20% off food and beverage coupon.
So if you happen to be in Orange County, please join us!! To learn more and stay up-to-date on the latest happenings at our California branch, find Fork & Salad O.C. on Facebook and Instagram.