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Evergreens, Garden Bar fast casual concepts merge Courtesy of Garden Bar

Evergreens and Garden Bar to merge

Northwestern fast-casual concepts to co-brand

Seattle-based health-oriented concept Evergreens has purchased a similar concept, Garden Bar in Portland, Ore., for an undisclosed sum, the two chains announced. Garden Bar is being renamed Garden Bar by Evergreens and its staff will become Evergreens employees. Its founder, Ana Chaud, will be the restaurants’ new vice president of brand development. The price of the purchase was not disclosed.

Courtesy of Garden BarGarden Bar customizable seasonal salad concept

There are currently 18 Evergreen restaurants and nine Garden Bars.

Garden Bar founder Ana Chaud“I could not think of a better outcome for sustaining our commitment to our guests, our team and the overall community,” Chaud, left, said in a release announcing the merger. “This partnership is a huge win for the Pacific Northwest region and I am excited and honored to be joining the outstanding leadership team at Evergreens.”

In a joint statement, Evergreens co-founders, CEO Todd Fishman and president Hunter Brooks, said, “We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Ana and the Garden Bar family. It’s a true privilege to officially create ties with a brand that is such a staple in the Portland community and whose values align directly with ours. We are committed to continuing the vision that both companies share and are extremely motivated to help our communities eat healthier, better food.”

Both chains are customizable salad concepts with a focus on health, nutrition, seasonality and sustainability. Salads at both restaurants start at $9.

Garden Bar was named a Hot Concept by Nation’s Restaurant News earlier this year.

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