Just Salad sets opening in Rittenhouse

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A Just Salad location in New York. Its Philadelphia location, 1729 Chestnut St., was Knit Wit, a women’s boutique.

New York-based quick-serve Just Salad – which in actuality also serves wraps, soups, and frozen yogurt – is dashing toward its opening in Philadelphia.

It’s taking the former Knit Wit women’s clothing store at 1729 Chestnut St., which seems to be ground zero for healthful-eating options in Center City.

Co-founder Nick Kenner says he and his team are aiming at July 10 for a soft opening, with a grand opening on July 20.

Tired of the Manhattan casual lunch scene, Kenner and childhood friend Rob Krespi started Just Salad in 2006 with the idea of serving a healthful but filling menu based on organically grown, locally sourced ingredients. The first shop opened at 51st and Park. The chain is now up to about 30 locations in New York/New Jersey, Chicago, franchises in Dubai and Hong Kong, and one random shop at Kansas State University.

Prices are reasonable, even by Philly standards. Menu is here.

Just Salad’s reusable bowls not only help with landfill space but entitle their users to two free salad toppings on their next visit.