Salad days ahead for health food business
Healthy eating restaurant chain Slim's Healthy Kitchen is aiming to help customers' waistlines contract as it expands by opening a new salad store.
Slim's, founded by Gary McIldowney, will at first operate its latest venture as a temporary 'pop-up' salad cafe on south Belfast's Lisburn Road.
The unit had been home to Mr McIldowney's frozen yoghurt business Yogland, which recently closed. It will now be home to 'Salad'.
Mr McIldowney said: "Salads are a massive part of our lunchtime offering at the restaurants and the pop-up will cater for people who don't have the luxury of time to enjoy the sit-in experience."
The pop-up at 214 Lisburn Road will also deliver to premises in south Belfast, Mr McIldowney said.
The entrepreneur, who started the business in 2013, now has three Slim's Healthy Kitchen premises in Belfast - on Lisburn Road, Belmont Road and at Victoria Square.
Salad will sell 11 salads made on the premises, as well as offering a 'build your own' option.
The venture is following in the footsteps of Dublin-based healthy eating chain Chopped, which specialises in salads.
It was set up by Andy Chen and Brian Lee in 2012 in the city's Baggot Street and now has 10 outlets.
Chopped has expanded using a franchise model.