The Big Salad Expands to Pittsburgh with Latest Franchisee

Don Murphy with his son, TJ.
Don Murphy with his son, TJ.

Five locations planned; first coming to Cranberry Township this year

The Big Salad Expands to Pittsburgh with Latest FranchiseeThe healthy eating restaurant group The Big Salad is headed for the Pittsburgh area in a big way, announcing today its latest, and first Pennsylvania franchisee.

Don Murphy, a longtime North Hills resident, together with his son, TJ, plan to open The Big Salad’s newest location in Cranberry Township, Pa. with a target opening planned for late summer or early fall. It will be the first of five planned Big Salad restaurants to open in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

Murphy, a former educational CFO, said he became interested in The Big Salad while dining there during youth hockey trips to the Detroit area with his grandson.

“This concept is very different from anything I’ve seen in the Pittsburgh area. We like it, and we think a lot of other people will like it as well,” he says.

The new restaurant will offer The Big Salad’s healthy and popular fresh food menu, with more than 17 million possible combinations of hand-crafted iceberg, romaine, or spinach salads, and a choice of 40 toppings and 30 varieties of dressings. In addition, diners may choose from a selection of fresh-made fruit smoothies, sandwiches and wraps, and soup options featuring longtime customer favorites, plus an ever-changing array of flavors – just to keep things interesting.

Since opening its first location in 2008, The Big Salad has allowed people to make their meal their own. Through thoughtful planning, The Big Salad chefs are equipped to prepare more than 17 million possible iceberg, romaine or spinach salad combinations for customers right at the point of purchase with a choice of 40 toppings and 30 dressings. Additionally, The Big Salad offers a plethora of fresh sandwich and soup options, as well as putting any salad into a wrap. Currently, The Big Salad can be found in Ann Arbor (two locations), Grosse Pointe Woods, Commerce Township, Novi, Troy, Charlotte – all in Michigan, Richmond, Texas, and Spring, Texas. The restaurant chain has plans to open 100 stores in strategically located metro areas across the country in the next 10 years. Learn more at