Healthy Original ChopShop pencils in 3 restaurants across Dallas-Fort Worth
It's not known how many healthy restaurants Dallas-Fort Worth can absorb, but three more are on the way: Original ChopShop — the fast-casual healthy restaurant chain serving bowls, salads, sandwiches, and juice — will open three locations in the DFW area, including one this fall and one in early 2023.
The first will open in North Dallas, at the key Preston-Forest intersection, in the same center as the Whole Foods Market, a healthy anchor if you ever wanted one. It'll go into the former Gymboree at 11700 Preston Rd. #612, and will open in December.
The second is in Southlake at 2101 E. Southlake Blvd. #100. That's happening in early 2023.
Looking down the road, there's another location coming to Fort Worth, at the NE corner of Heritage Trace Parkway and I-35. That's in late 2023, so far off that it doesn't have a street address yet.
Original ChopShop made their DFW debut in 2018 with a first location in Las Colinas. There are now 17 locations total in DFW, Houston, and Phoenix, with local outlets in Plano, Allen, McKinney, Lakewood, and the Park Cities across from SMU.
The concept was founded in Scottsdale in 2013 but relocated its headquarters to Plano in 2016. They were originally a sibling to the Bellagreen chain, but in July, Bellagreen was acquired by Ampex brands.
The core item on their menu is protein bowls, with greens, grains, and a protein. The most popular is the teriyaki chicken bowl, which can be served with choice of forbidden rice, brown rice, or sweet potato hash.
Other dishes include salads, sandwiches, acai and pitaya superfruit bowls, juice, and protein shakes. They offer a variety of dietary-friendly items for adults and children, including food free of gluten, dairy, lactose, and soy, along with vegetarian and vegan options.
Ambience is relaxed, with sunny accents, distressed wood, handwritten notes, and vintage photos. A patio seats 24 guests and features outdoor festoon lights and custom planters.
In a statement, CEO Jason Morgan says that they've only just begun growing, so apparently there is a lot more room for healthy restaurants.
“Our brand is unique because of its ability to work in varied real estate trade areas including suburban markets," Morgan says. "With the July 2022 Bellagreen divestiture, our team is now 100 percent focused on Original ChopShop."