City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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21 Building your own The Salad Shop Opens Second Location on Coursey This past fall, Bradley Sanchez opened his second Salad Shop on Coursey Boulevard following the success of the Perkins Road at Acadian location. "I had always wanted to start my own business. My parents are involved with several food franchises, so I guess you could say I was brought up in that environ- ment," said a smiling Bradley. Not a franchise, the Salad Shop is the second location for the LSU graduate; its original is on Perkins Road at Acadian. The perceptive young entrepreneur, who earned his degree in marketing, saw that today's lunch hours were no longer the pricey, lingering mealtimes of the past and was able to capitalize on that fact. "People are just too busy to devote a couple of hours just for food preparation and service," he said. After working in New York City for two years, Bradley and his wife returned to Baton Rouge, where she had accepted a position and he fulfilled his dream to launch his own business. "I didn't have a chef's back- ground; I just knew what I liked," Bradley answered when asked how he arrived at establishing such a restaurant. He thought the idea of something different and healthy would appeal to the public. "One salad may be a vegetable or vegan, or in contrast for heartier eaters, maybe a Caesar with a crunch," Bradley said. "Our signature sal- ads are unique, allowing the cus- tomers to build their own, adding the individual's particular preferences to each. We strive to offer something for everyone with all the choices available." With another excellent location so convenient to shoppers and workers in and around the area, the Salad Shop does not skimp on choices—choosing must-haves or adding premium food items from shrimp to bacon are a surprising treat for a mid- day break. Chop it, wrap it, with or without additions, the Salad Shop's expansive list of dressings is tempting and diners may take a few minutes to make a decisive choice. Bradley Sanchez has tapped into today's attitudes towards a food-conscientious public and its awareness of maintaining good health. The idea of "building your own" has led him to accommodate Baton Rougeans and their love for good and economical meals away from home.