Seattle has long been privy to the sustainable sandwiches that Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches cooks up for the city — the mini-chain (it has 10 locations) even has its own farm in Woodinville, Washington from which it sources hyper-local ingredients. Since that sort of concept is practically primed for San Francisco, founders Ben Friedman and Brad Gillis are bringing the store down south in a big way: The next six months will see the opening of three locations right here in the Bay Area. Specifically, the first will open in the Financial District (222 Battery St.) on November 14. Leases have just been signed for a second in Danville (405 Railroad Ave. in Iron Horse Plz.) on January 9, and a third in Lafayette (3597 Mt. Diablo Blvd.) on January 10.
While Homegrown doesn’t quite have its own farm here — yet — Friedman and Gillis spent time traveling around finding the right partners, and have so far signed on with F.E.E.D. Sonoma, Pt. Reyes Creamery, Sonoma Jack, Sightglass coffee, St. Benoit Creamery yogurt, and Glaum Egg Ranch eggs. Homegrown has strict requirements for its vendors; all animals (and eggs and dairy, by extension) must be treated humanely and fed an all-vegetarian diet without antibiotics or hormones, and all of the produce is certified organic and sourced locally whenever possible. The humane ingredients will go into the sandwiches, soups, and salads on the menu, and that ethos carries over as well to the design of the stores, with details like reclaimed materials and LED lighting.
Homegrown hits SF this coming November; stay tuned for more details.