Healthy salad

Crisp Greens, a new fast-casual restaurant, is bringing fresh salads, wraps, juices and other fresh fare to Downtown Chandler. Founders Brandon Fisher and Darron Moffatt opened the restaurant two weeks ago, aiming to make healthy choices convenient for the people who live and work in the area.

“You’ve got so many people sitting at desks, working in offices. They only have maybe 30 minutes to get in, get out for lunch,” Fisher said.

“The whole idea behind this is to allow people to walk through the door, start their order and walk out within a couple of minutes with a really good, fresh, healthy meal,” Fisher said.

When Moffatt and Fisher met, they were both working in Washington, D.C. With their long hours, they found it difficult to find the time to put together healthy meals every day.

“Your hours are never your own when you’re in D.C. and you can’t make something healthy. It’s not cheap, and you just don’t have the time to do that every day,” Moffatt said.

Fortunately, they found some restaurants that catered to their need for a quick, nutritious bite and they began to feel that other working people should have access to the same.

After while, Moffatt and Fisher decided to head out west to open a restaurant like those that had kept them afloat in D.C. Teaming up with Chef Martika Russo, and leveraging Fisher’s food marketing degree, Crisp Greens was born. When they found Downtown Chandler, they knew that it would be the perfect location for their restaurant.

“There’s a lot going on, there’s a lot being developed. It’s exciting times here in Chandler,” Moffatt said.

According to the two friends, the restaurant is already a welcome addition to the area.

“Right across the street we’ve got City Hall and city offices, so employees eat here constantly,” Fisher said.

Chef Russo populated the menu with local flavor, most notably with some unique dressings—a cilantro-lime vinaigrette, a honey-agave vinaigrette, a yogurt-based chipotle ranch. As time progresses, the team will continually evolve the menu by adding seasonal options that showcase Arizona’s produce.

Crisp Greens is at 250 S. Arizona Ave. in Downtown Chandler and is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

– Jamie Leland, Phoenix.org