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Healthy food options at the Green Leaf

November 27, 2012

by Jourdan Thompson

The new Green Leaf Café at 217 Western Ave. is offering healthy food choices and relying on social media to promote its offerings, most recently its speciality smoothies. The cafe was previously occupied by Chicken Joe’s, and before that, Pepper Jack’s.

Green Leaf Cafe is the newest addition to the intersection of Western Ave. and Quail St.

Green Leaf Café opened about a month ago. Gary Singh and Ajay Gill own the Café. Singh who moved to Albany from New York City eight months ago were driving down Western when they  spotted the owners of Chicken Joe’s moving out. That restaurant’s second location in Albany closed only 10 short months after it opened.

Green Leaf is unlike most eateries in the area. The owners’ goal is to offer a healthy options for college students and residents of the neighborhood. Singh has experience working in the food business – he managed restaurants throughout New York City.  He does a little bit of everything at the Cafe and is a hands on owner; on most days Singh can be found in the kitchen cooking up whatever the customer requests, answering phones and even taking orders.

“ I have a lot of friends around this area, they told me they wanted some healthier food options. The name is fresh and it’s a good concept with a great location,” Singh said.

Green Leaf Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. The menu consists of paninis, wraps, burgers, sandwiches, breakfast plates, pastries and baked goods. They also have create your own options, which include salads and burritos.  Green Leaf has homemade smoothies and carries healthy brand name beverages such as Neuro, Naked and Silk drink products. One thing that sets them apart from other cafés is the restaurant in-house ground coffee beans.

Menu prices appeal to students like Amanda Bartol from the University at Albany.

“Everything is under $8 and the food actually tastes amazing,” said Bartol.

These prices were picked to attract college students who cannot always eat healthy food on a limited budget, Singh said.  A popular menu item has proven to be Green Leaf’s smoothies.

Create your own Burrito Bar

Bartol along with most customers enjoy Green Leaf’s smoothies –  “my personal favorite is the new chocolate banana smoothie,” Bartol said.

Emily Larkin is a staff member at Green Leaf Café . She has worked at the restaurant since it opened. She enjoys working at the establishment and favors a variety of food options.

“My favorite thing on the menu are the burritos, they are create your own and the Mexican food here is really authentic,” Larkin said. Customers pay $6.95 to create their own burrito by selecting from a variety of ingredients.

Smoothie of the Week Promotion

Green Leaf has many plans for promoting the new restaurant. The restaurant is currently featuring a smoothie of the week. Larkin along with Singh has put together this and other innovative ways to attract customers.

“We made a Facebook yesterday and hope to have things like customer appreciation cards,” Larkin said in a recent interview.

These cards would include items like smoothies and coffee where if customers would be rewarded with stamps and an eventual free item after a certain number of purchases. These ideas along with other promotions are still in the planning phases, since the café has only been open for a several weeks.

The future is something the owners of Green Leaf Café are looking forward to.  While the corner of Madison and Quail is currently the only location for Green Leaf Café the owners plan to expand throughout the Albany area and Capital Region.

“The goal is to be here for a long time and serve people healthy food,” Singh said. -30-


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