Crisp & Green, owned by Steele Brands, has entered the Illinois market, opening at 899 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Vernon Hills and marking the brand’s entry into 11 states. Seven additional restaurants will open in the greater Chicago area as part of a development agreement with area residents Clark and Gina Koertner of CGIA Operations LLC.
“As we barrel toward our 50-unit milestone and the doubling of our location count in a single calendar year, we are being buoyed by immensely talented and driven franchisees like the Koertners, who see the tremendous opportunity our brand presents and recognize the massive demand for accessible, healthy food,” Steele Smiley, founder and executive chairman of Steele Brands, said in a company press release. “With the unwavering support of a top-notch corporate team, our franchise partners are building Crisp & Green brand momentum across the country, and we are especially pleased to add Illinois — another proud Midwestern state — to our growing national footprint.”
Founded in Minnesota in 2016, Crisp & Green has nearly 40 locations.
“We’re overflowing with excitement that our Vernon Hills restaurant is officially open, which not only signifies the start of our franchise journey but also a deeply meaningful community-building endeavor in an area that’s so important to Clark and me,” Gina Koertner said in the release. “Expanding health and fitness options in Vernon Hills has been extremely rewarding, and we can’t wait to watch as Crisp & Green becomes a staple eatery for fellow residents and health aficionados who share our passion for a health-inspired lifestyle.”