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The Big Salad restaurant chain is expanding to Detroit and Traverse City, with more on the way


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A local chain of restaurants, possibly named after a Seinfeld episode or not, is expanding to Detroit and Traverse City this summer.

The chain of restaurants where you can make your own salad plans to move its Traverse City location at 332 E. Front St. in July and its Detroit location in August at the University of Detroit’s Mercy Law School at Jefferson Avenue to open.

“With so many restaurants closing, we’re excited to expand into our home state of Michigan,” said owner and founder John Bornoty in a statement. “We believe the restaurant industry is coming back and we believe our job is to feed our community.”

The business of the University of Detroit’s Mercy Law School will be open to students and faculty as well as the general public. The company plans to offer delivery, curbside, and catering for downtown businesses.

Another location is planned for Novi or Farmington, but the company states that no final location has been selected. This page is expected to open in autumn.

The chain was founded in 2008 and has four locations in Michigan: the original in Grosse Pointe, Woodhaven, Charlotte and Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan Hospital. It also has a location in Spring, Texas.

The company said it closed two stores in Michigan and one in Pennsylvania that relied heavily on workers who stopped working in their offices during the pandemic.

All restaurants of the chains are open with a capacity of 50% for indoor meals and also offer transport, delivery and curb service.

The company has also updated its online ordering system and developed a program called EMILYS to feed frontline workers during the pandemic, named after the owner’s niece who is a nurse.

“I can’t say enough about all of our team and all of the communities that love and support The Big Salad,” said Bornoty. “The pandemic has challenged everyone in the food industry, a business I have a real passion for. As a Michigan-based entrepreneur, I’ve seen it all firsthand. Now is the time to rebuild and expand and that makes me excited. ”

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Dusty Kennedy