Healthy foods take center stage at Wilde & Greene Restaurant and Natural Market, a new retail concept that made its debut at Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie, Ill.
Bright and upbeat, the 30,000 sq. ft. space transforms the notion of the traditional food court combining a restaurant that features 18 gourmet food and beverage stations for dine-in and take-out service with a grocery marketplace that offers organic, sustainable and natural artisan specialty foods, seasonal fresh produce, meats, seafood and other food items.
Diners in the restaurant can choose from an array of gourmet food stations or “kitchens,” with the all-natural food prepared in open view. The restaurant offers seating for 500, with a rooftop patio that can accommodate 150. In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner service, the facility is open to corporate functions, and other special events.
The grocery features more than 5,000 SKUs.
Wilde & Greene embraces sustainability through the organic food items available in the produce and grocery department, and also in the use of reclaimed barn wood throughout the dining area and reclaimed lumber for the millwork and flooring. LED lighting is used throughout the building to reduce energy consumption and furniture has been re-purposed and applied to the eye-catching dining environment. The overall space was designed by GHA Design and OKW Architects.
Wilde & Greene’s Old Orchard location is the first of several restaurant and organic market concepts to open in North America, with the next location scheduled for the Eaton Centre in Toronto. The concept was developed by Richtree Market Restaurants, Toronto.