Specific cost-cutting measures include converting flooring into clear-coated concrete, which will save roughly $10,000 per restaurant, mounted digital menu boards to save roughly $1,300 per restaurant, as well as chair rail, restroom hallway, ladder and paint changes.
The “WOW Wall” is inspired by the “WO” in Saladworks where the “O” serves as a portal for diners to insert their own face. Simply stand on the footprints and take your photo, Mears said.
Each restaurant will have an average of six more seats, making the sales-to-buildout ratio 2:1.
“We're not cutting corners in the process either. We're just being more efficient and selective with equipment, lights, flooring and the like to actually enhance aesthetics and guests' experience too. All the small buildout pieces we're adjusting, down to a rail selection, add up to big savings for our franchise owners," said Lavinder.
Saladworks, mainly on the East Coast, plans to expand out West in the next one to two years and will open several more of this new prototype before the end of the year.