Kyle Hulings, the owner of the Garden Monsters food cart parked on Division and 50th, says he just picked up the keys for a new brick-and-mortar in part of the old Pono Foods space in the Hollywood neighborhood at 4110 NE Sandy on the Broadway side of the building.
This will be Huling’s first foray into the brick-and-mortar game, and he says the plan is to use the space as a commissary kitchen for his fleet of carts—he’s still looking for places to park two more—and to provide made-to-order grab-and-go salads for locals and workers in the neighborhood.
In other words, there will be no indoor dining at the new space, but Hulings says he’s going to provide outdoor seating for eaters during the warmer months.
The idea for specializing in salads came to Hulings a little over five years ago after he was laid off from his marketing job at Yahoo. A serial home salad-maker, he wondered why there were no restaurants or carts dedicated to leafy greens (this was before Garden Bar or Crisp) and then wondered why he shouldn’t be the ambassador to do it?
So he bought a cart and opened for business on Alberta before settling into his current location in the Southeast.
Future guests, from vegans to carnivores, should expect the same kind of build-your-own and signature small and large “mini” and “monster” salads made with locally sourced plants, vegetables, and proteins and, if you’re an omnivore, fresh-from-the-griddle hot meats, all of which range in price from about $5.50 to $11 per salad.
Hulings says Garden Monsters' Hollywood location will open as early as April and will definitely be open by mid-May. When it does, it’ll keep the hours of 10 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday, and once he finds his feet, those same hours on Saturdays and Sundays.