Founders of Sweetgreen outside first NYC location From left to right Nathaniel Ru Jonathan Neman and Nicolas Jammet

Founders of Sweetgreen outside first NYC location. (From left to right) Nathaniel Ru, Jonathan Neman and Nicolas Jammet.

Sweetgreen receives $18.5M investment

The chain's second round of funding will fuel its westward growth, technology and community efforts.

Jonathan Neman and Nathaniel Ru were on their way to a music show one day while at college at Georgetown University when they became frustrated at their inability to find a good place to get healthy food.

That frustration turned into an idea for a restaurant. They called their friend, Nicolas Jammet, and the trio spent a few months staying up late in their dorms writing business plans. They opened the first Sweetgreen in a 500-square-foot location in Washington, D.C., in 2007, j

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