Raleigh-area restaurant turns over a new leaf

July 3, 2013 by  

Peter Goodwin and Bayard Collins, who were recently graduated from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, have opened a new restaurant in the Raleigh area. On Wednesday, June 26, the business partners opened the doors of the Hungry Leaf, located at 2606 Erwin Road, Durham.

Their new enterprise has an interesting history. It is the successor to another salad bar called Chopped Greens, which Goodwin and Collins acquired last September. They ran the place under the Chopped Greens name until Goodwin finished his master’s program at UNC. Once Goodwin was done with school, the two renamed their eatery.

Hungry Leaf comprises 1,600 square feet and will be open for lunch and dinner. The new restaurateurs say they plan to sell salads and wraps made quickly from fresh ingredients, including high-quality meats, marinades, and dressings they will make from scratch. Hungry Leaf, like its predecessor, is based on the young men’s shared vision of proving that fast food does not have to be unhealthy.

In addition to changing the restaurant’s name, the two have reworked the menu and added some choices known for their nutritional value, such as red cabbage and kale. They believe their new menu will appeal to a wide range of diners, including vegans, dieters, and those seeking gluten-free or spicy items. Hungry Leaf will also cater meals, and has a delivery service.

Collins and Goodwin could work with a printing company to design an attractive menu, and could also work with brochure printers to create a mailer to announce their opening, give directions, and include a photo of one of their signature dishes.