Safeway tries a free-standing restaurant

PLEASANTON Calif. Supermarket giant Safeway Inc. has opened a stand-alone fast-casual restaurant in Redwood City, Calif., called Citrine New World Bistro.

The 5,000-square-foot restaurant is the first stand-alone restaurant for the 1,755-unit grocery chain. Spokesman Brian Dowling would not comment on the possibility of expanding the concept. In media reports, Dowling described Citrine as an opportunity to test culinary ideas.

While other grocery

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