Atlanta Botanical Garden to Open a Metro Fresh


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Every establishment has a story…but you haven’t heard a story quit like actor turned chef Mitchell Anderson, owner of Metro Fresh a community restaurant that offers delicious healthy, gluten-free alternatives to food on the go! Most of us are guilty of sleeping a little later, therefore we’re running behind, so naturally it’s easier to grab a sausage biscuit or a hot Krispy Kreme doughnut and a cup of coffee while on the go. However, Metro Fresh replaces the pork, sugar and caffeine with grilled chicken, granola and fresh fruits…on the go! Now you can enjoy Metro Fresh at another popular tourist site in Atlanta.

Chef Mitchell will open a second location , Metro Fresh in Garden, near the gift shop in the Atlanta Botanical Gaarden. Construction is underway and Chef says we should expect an official opening March 25.

Like Mitchell’s flagship at the Midtown Promenade, MetroFresh in the Garden will feature creative gourmet soups and unique sandwiches as part of a menu that constantly changes. Parents should delight in a $6 children’s meal that, based on Anderson’s description, will be the caloric antithesis of Happy Meals.

One unique feature is a make-your-own-snack bar where guest compile “trail snacks” as fuel for wandering the Garden grounds. Other fuel will come via the café’s full coffee bar.

“We’ll have everything from dried mango to carob chips,” Anderson said of the snack bar.

As for the new space itself, Anderson went for the hip design and art elements as the flagship, and a large communal “farm table” where guests can take a load off and share meals.

The café’s centerpiece will be a three-dimensional installation Anderson calls the “Garden Folly” wall, a “bright, bold, creative, and interactive” thing designed to engage the customer, he said.

Anderson hopes the Garden location will introduce the MetroFresh brand to a consumer base that spans metro Atlanta – and beyond.  Ideally, he said, the experience will be educational and interactive, where patrons of the new Edible Garden will literally be able to taste what they see.

“We are a natural fit for the forward-thinking garden audience,” he said. “Our pitch to (Botanical Garden officials) was based on stimulating the fifth and final sense on a day’s visit to the garden.”


Isn’t it refreshing to know that that after a stimulating walk in the Garden you can indulge in a healthy yet yummy meal?



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