Honeygrow’s New Virtual Reality Training Seems Like One Big PR Stunt

Assistant creative director Kevin Ritchie and his crew film Honeygrow’s 360° degree VR training. | Photo courtesy of Kevin Ritchie

There’s been a lot of buzz around Philly-based restaurant chain Honeygrow’s new employee orientation, a virtual reality (VR) program designed to foster brand consistency across the growing company’s locations. The program is the latest step in Honeygrow’s long love affair with creative technologies — the touchscreen ordering and payment system may be a fast-casual fixture now, but when owner Justin Rosenberg first launched the salad and stir-fry eatery in 2012, his method of tech integration wasn’t used as widely as it is today.

Still, some are questioning whether onboarding employees in the hands-on food service industry with VR is a worthwhile use of the trendy technology. VR has already proven itself to be colossally beneficial when used for medical training, certain therapies and other niche challenges. But as VR continues to grow, does it have a place behind food prep counters as well? Read more »

Honeygrow Launches Their Spring Menu and a New Juice Line

HGJuices

At this point, I think we have to accept that the cold and snow are pretty much done. And with today’s weather (even after yesterday’s rain), it certainly feels like spring might actually be arriving for real.

Which is why all Honeygrow locations will be rolling out their new spring menus next week (on April 4 officially). And why they’ve already decided to launch their new line of juices.

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Surprise! Honeygrow Just Dived Into the Juice World

Honeygrow just launched a line of cold-pressed juices | Photo via Instagram

Honeygrow just launched a line of cold-pressed juices | Photo via Instagram

Honeygrow, the Philly-based fast-casual chain known for its make-your-own stir-fries, salads and Honeybar, has entered into new territory: Yesterday, they sent out an email saying that — surprise! — they now have their own line of cold-pressed juices at all locations. (They have a slew of locations in Philly and the ‘burbs; see them all here.) And — somewhat surprisingly, when it comes to cold-pressed juice — the price tag won’t make you wince. Each bottle is $6.75.

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Do This: Free Yoga at South Philly’s Bok Building

HgAthletics pop-up yoga at 30th Street Station | Photo via Facebook

HgAthletics pop-up yoga at 30th Street Station | Photo via Facebook

Yogis, rejoice! Our friends over at Honeygrow’s HgAthletics are teaming up with PLUSgives and yoga instructor Alex Holmes tonight, February 22nd, at 6:30 p.m. for a free pop-up vinyasa flow class. And yes, you are invited.

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Honeygrow Opens in King of Prussia

Ribbon cutting at today's official opening of the 13th Honeygrow

Ribbon cutting at today’s official opening of the 13th Honeygrow

Today, Honeygrow opened its seventh Philadelphia area store–its thirteenth location overall at King of Prussia Town Center. The new location of this Philadelphia startup will feature locally and seasonally sourced ingredients including custom-made noodles by ramen chefs, house-made dressings and sauces and proteins sourced from providers such as FreeBird and Common Market.

“We had a great opportunity to uniquely enter the market outside of the traditional mall setting, while having the opportunity to co-tenant with one of my favorite brands—REI,” said Founder and CEO Justin Rosenberg. “I’m a hiking nerd and with the launch of hgAthletics, honeygrow’s platform supporting customer wellbeing and athletic activities for all, it’s pretty exciting to be working with each other.”

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Honeygrow Opens at Temple

Honeygrow kicks off its Temple location with a Temple football giveaway.

Honeygrow kicks off its Temple location with a Temple football giveaway.

Honeygrow, the fast-casual noodle concept from Temple Fox School of Business alum Justin Rosenberg is opening on Temple University’s campus (1601 North Broad Street) on Monday, September 19th at 11 a.m. This is the tenth Honeygrow location to open since the original in 2012.

The first 100 guests to arrive on Monday will be entered to win a special Temple Football Experience with four tickets to the October 1st game versus SMU, a pre-game tour of Lincoln Financial Field and sideline access plus a parking pass.

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Honeygrow and Philadelphia Runner Launching Free Summer Workout Series

Walnut Street Noodle Salad at Honeygrow | Photo via Facebook

Walnut Street Noodle Salad at Honeygrow | Photo via Facebook

What’s better than a free outdoor workout? A free outdoor workout that ends with a discounted noodle stir-fry from Honeygrow, am I right? And come May 9th, Honeygrow and Philadelphia Runner will be giving us all just that on a monthly basis with their new summer workout series. Eeeeeee! Read more »

Honeygrow Coming to Temple’s Campus

Morgan Hall at Broad and Cecil B. Moore | Temple.edu

Morgan Hall will house a Honeygrow at Broad & Cecil B. Moore | Temple.edu

Honeygrow founder Justin Rosenberg, a alumnus of Temple’s Fox School of Business is bringing a Honeygrow to the southeast corner of Broad and Cecil B. Moore on Temple’s campus. The store will be located at the base of Morgan Hall, a residence hall and will have 50 seats.

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Honeygrow Coming to Temple’s Campus

Morgan Hall at Broad and Cecil B. Moore | Temple.edu

Morgan Hall will house a Honeygrow at Broad & Cecil B. Moore | Temple.edu

Honeygrow founder Justin Rosenberg, a alumnus of Temple’s Fox School of Business is bringing a Honeygrow to the southeast corner of Broad and Cecil B. Moore on Temple’s campus. The store will be located at the base of Morgan Hall, a residence hall and will have 50 seats.

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Fast Casual Update: Free Wine at Snap, Honeygrow Sets Reopening Date

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Nutella Dessert Pizza at Snap Custom Pizza

Since we rolled out our Fast Casual Tracker late last year to track the hot fast-casual concepts coming out of Philadelphia we’ve seen a whirlwind of activity. Of course there was the announcement that Urban Outfitters purchased Marc Vetri’s restaurants but also the ambitious plans of Snap Custom Pizza and Honeygrow’s continued growth.

We’ve recently updated the tracker and also made some changes, for one a concept has to have at least a second location announced before it is added (sorry Buena Onda and Scratch Biscuit).

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