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Sweetgreen Opens First-Ever Location Without Seating, on UES


Salad chain Sweetgreen is trying out a new concept: an eatery with no seats.

The new 1,800-square-foot ground-floor spot at 784-786 Lexington Avenue spans two buildings and wraps around East 61st Street. It includes an open kitchen and a pickup window for digital orders made via the Olo app. The space was formerly home to Brio restaurant.

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“We had been looking in the Bloomingdale’s and southern Upper East Side corridor for years and were so excited when this space came up,” said Jacqueline Klinger of SCG Retail, who exclusively represents Sweetgreen. “We loved the exposure on both Lexington Avenue and 61st Street, relating both to the daytime and the residential.”

The lease is for 10 years, according to a source with knowledge of the deal, and the asking rent was $350 per square foot.

There are two other Upper East Side Sweetgreens and one will be opening soon in Aby Rosen’s Core Club building at 66 East 55th Street between Park and Madison Avenues.

Michelle Ball of Rudd Realty Management, the building’s managing agent, brokered the deal on behalf of the landlord group, which counts Tony Felzen as a partner. Ball wasn’t in the office to comment.