Salata Salad Kitchen Clear Lake Announces Partnership with NASA
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Salata Salad Kitchen Clear Lake Announces Partnership with NASA

Multi-Unit Franchisee Strikes Deal with Johnson Space Center, Introducing Its Salad Kitchen

December 28, 2023 // // HOUSTON –  Salata Salad Kitchen, the built-to-order salad kitchen that allows guests to customize and create meals that fit their lifestyle, recently launched a partnership between its Clear Lake restaurant and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) opening a salad kitchen within the main campus of the Johnson Space Center.

This partnership is led by multi-unit operator, John David, who has been a franchise owner with Salata for over a decade. In 2018, his Clear Lake restaurant, located across from the renowned hub, was approached by NASA and asked to cater salads and wraps to its employees. Due to the success of this initial collaboration, a full-time residency has now been established. Since its onset in early August, the salad kitchen has increased sales by 20% and is available to NASA employees Monday through Thursday.

“I’m honored that my location has been chosen to further this collaboration with such an important establishment to the nation,” said David, who also owns Salata restaurants across the greater Houston area including Kingwood, Westlake and Spring. “Over the years, we have built the trust of those at the Johnson Space Center and are eager to continue serving the hard-working employees.”

Houston-based Salata offers built-to-order salads and wraps alongside soups, teas, and lemonades, empowering guests to create their ideal meal in an accessible way. With more than 50 fresh toppings available on the menu including fresh fruits, vegetables, and proteins prepared in-house daily and house-made salad dressings, Salata has established a loyal following by providing customizable options for any lifestyle.

“This partnership reflects a shared commitment to innovation and excellence,” said Michele Maerz, President of Salata. “John has built this partnership through extensive relationship building and we are proud to see our dedicated franchisees further elevate the brand into esteemed organizations like NASA. His leadership and success of this initiative underscores the positive impact that thoughtful dining options can have on our workforce.”

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About Salata

Salata Salad Kitchen is a fast casual salad franchise founded in 2005 by Berge Simonian in Houston. The brand was developed to provide quick, healthy meal options for guests. The menu features more than 50 fresh toppings and house-made dressings for guests to customize their salads and wraps so they can eat, feel and live the way they want. With no complex or intimidating ingredients, the options are simple and familiar for customers of all backgrounds. Topped with excellent customer service, the Salata experience is simple and genuine.

Beyond its inclusive and welcoming experience, Salata offers guests a generous loyalty program. Customers can download the Salata mobile app and sign up to order ahead and earn tasty rewards. Once signed up, customers receive one point for every dollar spent at Salata. Every 100 points earns guests a $7 salad kitchen credit and app users have exclusive access to bonus rewards opportunities such as double points weeks.

The brand began franchising in 2006 and has now expanded to 95 locations in Texas, Georgia, Southern California, Louisiana, and North Carolina.

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