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Sweetgreen Crafts a Modern Salad R&D Lab at Platform Culver City

The new-look restaurant space opens tomorrow

Platform, Culver City
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

After all that talk about Sweetgreen — the (formerly) DC-based fast casual salad purveyors — moving their headquarters to the Platform project in Culver City, it seems the company will indeed land a restaurant on property as well. Though this new location promises to offer a bit of a twist.

The upcoming Sweetgreen at Platform in Culver City looks to be much more of a true restaurant incubator space for the company, like a corporate location for larger fast food chains where they can roll out new products in small batches to test market feedback. Since Sweetgreen the company will be right upstairs, this Sweetgreen the restaurant promises to be rather innovative in its offerings.

What does that mean for the average consumer? First, you’ll be able to get an inside look at Sweetgreen’s culinary creative process in action. Inside the restaurant is a glassed-in test kitchen called The Lab, run by the team’s culinary director Michael Stebner. Basically, guests will be able to watch what happens and, in some cases, provide realtime feedback on the food.

Sweetgreen's Santa Monica Salad Shop
A menu from Sweetgreen in Santa Monica
Wonho Frank Lee

The entire space will also be modular, meaning hot and cold items will move on and off the line throughout the day, while the room itself could turn from a lunchtime restaurant to an evening tutorial center. The place will apparently be outfitted with media equipment as well, so demos and events are on the table both inside and on their patio.

Just know that because the eatery will fluctuate so much from day to day, you can expect your classic favorite Sweetgreen salads as well as whatever The Lab is cooking up — which makes this location a place for office workers nearby to try something potentially new. Sweetgreen Culver City officially opens tomorrow.

Sweetgreen at Platform
8850 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA