The Big Salad’s New Woodhaven Restaurant Opening July 11

The Big Salad's New Woodhaven Restaurant Opening July 11

Will feature new smoothie and coffee options

The Big Salad's New Woodhaven Restaurant Opening July 11
Craig Nelson

Healthy dining restaurant chain The Big Salad will be opening its eighth Michigan location in Woodhaven on Wednesday, July 11. The new Downriver eatery is located at 19143 West Rd.

Craig Nelson, a Detroit native and veteran sports and entertainment catering executive, is the owner and franchisee of the new Woodhaven restaurant.

“We’re proud to be able to offer a quick, healthy dining choice in a friendly atmosphere,” Nelson says. “We see it as a community gathering place that offers healthy food in a clean, pleasant environment.”

Customers visiting the new Woodhaven location will not only enjoy The Big Salad’s healthy and popular menu of salads, fresh-made sandwiches, wraps, and soup options; they’ll also enjoy smoothies and specialty coffee drinks, according to President John Bornoty.

“This location will be among the first of our sites to offer these new drink options, which we have been testing for a couple of years. The response has been very positive,” said Bornoty. “Our goal is to make The Big Salad a place to sit and relax while enjoying everything from great salads to an iced coffee.”

Customers will be able to choose from a variety of smoothies made from fresh fruits and vegetables, along with iced coffee, cappuccino, espresso, latté and frozen coffee drinks. Bornoty added that if the public’s response to the new menu items continues to be positive, all current and future locations will feature a coffee and smoothie bar.

The Big Salad's New Woodhaven Restaurant Opening July 11

The Big Salad's New Woodhaven Restaurant Opening July 11Since 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, Novi, Troy, Charlotte, Commerce Township, and Woodhaven – all in Michigan – as well as 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