IMPACT ROUNDUP: Drive-thru salad eatery Baby Greens to reopen in North Austin

Owner Sharon Mays will reopen Baby Greens on Anderson Lane after a six-year hiatus. The salad-based fast-food restaurant will have a drive-thru and outdoor seating.

Owner Sharon Mays will reopen Baby Greens on Anderson Lane after a six-year hiatus. The salad-based fast-food restaurant will have a drive-thru and outdoor seating.

After closing her healthy fast-food restaurant six years ago, owner Sharon Mays is planning to reopen Baby Greens in early 2016.

Baby Greens was known for its salads and wraps that Mays served to customers for six years before closing in October 2009. The drive-thru restaurant was previously located on Burnet Road.

“Things weren’t really coming together,” said Mays, a native North Austinite. “The restaurant was very successful, but there were pieces that weren’t working. I thought I was never going to figure it out while it was open, and I decided to close and try to fix it.”

Mays hopes to reopen her business by February or March at 1508 W. Anderson Lane on the site of a former automobile repair shop.

“It’s right in the middle of an asphalt jungle where no healthy food lives,” she said. "It’s in a neighborhood I feel needs healthy fast food.”

The new Baby Greens menu will include former customer favorites such as the Cobb, Greek and Sharon—or chef’s—salads. Mays said she also will offer the popular strawberry lemonade she used to serve and is looking into other healthy drink options.

She said she also plans to add new menu items and possibly offer a kale salad and a seasonal farm-to-table option to support local farmers.

“I created this restaurant so that fast-food customers could have a healthy meal,” Mays said. “A lot of times people don’t eat healthy food because it’s expensive. Can we serve organic and still make it affordable to someone who has $10 or less to spend on lunch?”

Finding the perfect location was one reason it has taken six years to reopen. She also took a break last year to run for the District 4 seat on Austin City Council. Mays said a pep talk from her father—and the fact she still has several people ask her each month about reopening—made the timing right.

“It was a novel idea: drive-thru salads,” Mays said. “One of the biggest reasons why [Baby Greens] is coming back now is the demand for a healthy fast food option is only growing. Austin is much more savvy about its dining needs.”

Mays chose Anderson Lane because of the existing locally owned businesses and the revitalization of the roadway. She is planning to have about half of the asphalt torn out and replaced with grass.

“I really wanted to create a trend and not just slap coat of paint on the building,” she said “[My goal] is really to make it look nice for this neighborhood."

Other Impacts:


COMING SOON—Austin resident Amin Esar will open the first Austin franchise of Houston-based Russo’s New York Pizzeria in late 2015 at Northcross Mall, 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 100. The restaurant will serve specialty pizzas, salads, soups and homemade pastas. The chain already has a location in Pflugerville. www.nypizzeria.com

EXPANSION—Twin Liquors located at 8030 Mesa Drive is expanding from 2,600 to 3,700 square feet to allow for an expanded selection of beer, wine and spirits as well as a walk-in beer cooler. The expanded space will be completed Nov. 1. 512-346-1861. www.twinliquors.com
By


MOST RECENT

Campuses in Austin ISD will be closes to in-person learning the week after Thanksgiving break. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
All Austin ISD classes to be held online through Dec. 4

The district will also be providing free COVID-19 tests to staff and families Dec. 2-4.

Bicycles for public use are docked at a MetroBike station on Lake Austin Boulevard. Austin's $460 million Proposition B will include funding for additional bicycle lanes through the city. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Breaking down Austin's $460 million bond for bike lanes, trails, sidewalks and more

The bond will fun a bridge over Pleasant Valley Road connecting two ends of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike trail, among other improvements.

Of the total cases reported to date, 11,304 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 806 active cases in Williamson County as of Nov. 24. (Community Impact Staff)
Williamson County reports 337 new cases of coronavirus Nov. 24

Of the total cases reported to date, 11,304 are estimated to have recovered, and there are an estimated 806 active cases in Williamson County as of Nov. 24.

Local health leaders are urging caution ahead of Thanksgiving. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Ahead of Thanksgiving, Travis County health officials urge caution

Austin Public Health leaders say gatherings with people outside one's household held indoors and without masks pose the greatest risk.

Harini Logan, 10, won the 66th annual Express-News Spelling Bee at the University of Texas at San Antonio downtown campus on March 17, 2019. For 2021, the event is slated to be held in March at the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre in New Braunfels. (Photo by Jerry Lara, courtesy the San Antonio Express News)
New Braunfels to host regional spelling bee and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.

The Commissioners Court approved funding for the program Nov. 24. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County funds COVID-19 convalescent plasma program

Some 252 Williamson County patients have received the therapy of the 1,300 total patients.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for the state Nov. 23 for a vaccine he said could be available as soon as December. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

The vaccine could start being distributed "as early as next month," according to a Nov. 23 news release.

As of Nov. 23, there are 63 patients hospitalized, 23 in intensive care units and 12 on a ventilator. (Community Impact staff)
376 new cases, 2 additional deaths reported in Williamson County from Nov. 20-23

As of Nov. 23, there are 63 patients hospitalized, 23 in intensive care units and 12 on a ventilator.

P. Terry’s Burger Stand is expected to open its long-awaited Pflugerville location this January. (Courtesy P. Terry's Burger Stand)
P. Terry's to open in Pflugerville in January and more Central Texas news

Read the latest Central Texas business and community news.

covid
Williamson County reports 203 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death Nov. 20

Williamson County reported 203 new cases of the coronavirus and one death Nov. 20.

Trail of Lights (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Holiday markets, strolls, tree lightings and Trail of Lights: 18 events in the Austin area in November and December

The Trail of Lights has gone drive-thru this year, while the Blue Genie Art Bazaar is taking free, ticketed reservations to adhere to social distancing requirements.

Austin voters approved a $7.1 billion public transit expansion Nov. 3 that will add bus and rail in Austin. (Design by Miranda Baker/Community Impact Newspaper)
After historic public transportation vote, here is what's next for Project Connect in Austin

Shovels won't be hitting the ground on the light rail and downtown tunnel for years, but work is getting started now after Austinites approved the $7.1 billion plan Nov. 3.