By Allison Levine, Foodable Contributor
Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop first opened their doors in Beverly Hills in 2008, offering healthy, affordable menu options in a fast casual setting. Over the past eight years, Greenleaf has opened five locations in Los Angeles and Orange County, expanding beyond the salads offered when they first began. Greenleaf has been a leader in the fast casual movement and as they grow, so does the concept.
Jonathan Rollo, founder of Greenleaf, grew up in Pasadena where his mother, a self-taught cook, would always make simple, clean, fresh meals. Jonathan moved to Nashville, Tennessee for college at Vanderbilt University and then culinary school in Chicago. During his studies and living in the Midwest and Southern United States, Jonathan recognized his love for the Southern California cuisine he was raised on – fresh ingredients and lots of vegetables. After culinary school, Jonathan returned to Los Angeles where he worked for Patina, Pinot Hollywood and later ran the Hollywood Bowl catering. His experience with a fine-dining menu driven restaurant inspired him to do something new, different and unique. When he decided to go out on his own, he wanted to create a place that offered fresh, healthy food with a focus on salads.Read More