A rendering of the new storefront.
A rendering of storefront proposed for new Sweetgreen restaurant.

By Thane Grauel

WESTPORT — The national salad chain Sweetgreen plans to open a location at the Compo Acres shopping center.

The chain, started by three college friends in 2007 in Washington, D.C., now has more than 200 locations around the country, including Greenwich and Darien.

The company is eyeing the spot at 374 Post Road East formerly occupied by OrganicKrush, a few doors down from Trader Joe’s.

Kale Caesar salad.
Kale Caesar salad. / sweetgreen.com

Sweetgreen’s website states the company is on a mission.

“We’re leading a movement to reimagine fast food for a new era,” it reads. “Our core values guide our actions and we aim to empower our customers, team members and partners to be a positive force on the food system. That’s why we’re building a transparent supply network, why we cook from scratch, and why we’re building a community of people who believe in the power of real food.”

It also has statements about becoming carbon neutral by 2027, and animal welfare.

The menu includes “protein plates,” salads, bowls, sides and children’s meals.

An application has been filed with the Zoning Board of Appeals for a sign with dimensions larger than regulations allow.

BBQ Salmon with miso glaze.
BBQ salmon with miso glaze.

“Within the Compo Acres shopping center, the majority of commercial retail spaces have sign areas that are greater than what would typically be allowed …,” applicant Lisa Donmeyer wrote in the application.

“The relief we are requesting in our petition is not unlike the increased sign area allowed and enjoyed by many of the existing retailers currently operating within the shopping center. The granting of this variance will not change in any way, but rather enhance the existing vibrant and charming character of the center.”

Materials in the application state the proposal was discussed in July 2022 by the Architectural Review Board.

The ZBA meets next at 6 p.m. Feb. 27, but Sweetgreen’s application is not on the agenda.

Thane Grauel grew up in Westport and has been a journalist in Fairfield County and beyond for 36 years. Reach him at editor@westportjournal.com. Learn more about us here.