The LA restaurant with the Blue Cow statues and the “Not So Fried” chicken sandwich continues its move to Texas.
Mendocino Farms began in 2005 in a bankrupt Starbucks location in downtown Los Angeles, offering customers the opportunity to “eat happy” with a wide selection of sandwiches and salads made with ingredients sourced from SoCal farms. Selections such as Chimichurri Steak & Bacon, Vegan Banh Mi and Thai Watermelon & Cucumber Salad have earned the chain success in California, where most of its 47 stores are located.
Texas is the chain’s next major target. On July 12, it will open a boutique in the West Village section of Dallas, where it already has locations downtown and in Addison. Stores in Preston Oaks and Plano will open later this year.
Mendocino Farms has five Houston Metro stores, two downtown and the others in Rice Village, The Heights and Uptown Park.
“West Village embodies the spirit of hospitality at the heart of Mendocino Farms,” said chain CEO Kevin Miles. “This vibrant community of foodies is a perfect fit for our next location in Dallas. We look forward to raising the bar for what customers can expect from a fast and casual dining experience.
The chain is known for expanding its menu with special items. New this year are the Sweet Heat Thai Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Beet and Black Barley Salad and Thai Mango Salad.
Mendocino Farms donates 50% of its West Village opening day sales to La La Land Kind Café’s We Are One project, which provides education and skills to help local adoptive youth find employment.