Decadent, high-priced cupcakes did not work here. Twice.
Jeffrey Pandolfino is betting the 3rd time — with real food — will be the charm.
He owns Green & Tonic. The smoothie/salad/wrap/bowl/cleanse company just opened its 5th location here in Westport.
Green & Tonic moves eastward, from Greenwich, Cos Cob, Darien and New Canaan. The new spot is the Jesup Green/Taylor Place corner vacated by bankrupt Crumbs.
Last night’s opening was packed. (It helped that everything was free.)
Green & Tonic’s tagline is “Revive with real food.” The menu offers “plant-based food and drink for everyday eating.” It ranges from berry and acai “power bowls,” through wheatgrass and bee pollen boosters, to salads like pomegranate kale with quinoa, and on into a sunflower seed tuna wrap and a curried lentil brown rice bowl.
There are also “cleanse programs and meal plans,” for those who want to “get back to basics.”
So how is Green & Tonic different from Freshii (across the street)? Pandolfino points to greater variety, and the ease of picking up pre-made meals.
“We’re the healthy Starbucks,” he said. “We want to be the place you come to every day.”
Also from, presumably, right across the street.