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Former Teacher Hopes to Whet Concord's Appetite for Healthy Food

Lettuce In, a restaurant serving fresh salads and sandwiches as well as a vegan menu, is still striving to grow after its first year in business in Todos Santos Plaza.

It's been more than a year since Karen Bell, 53, gave up her job as a pre-school director and opened a salad and sandwich restaurant in Concord. The salads are her masterpieces — but now she's having to get creative just to stay in business.

Lettuce In opened its doors on Grant Street in Todos Santos Plaza at the end of August, 2011, as a healthy eating lunch spot with vegetarian and vegan specialties. A year later, Bell says the business has been "building slowly," but despite all the greenery — she's still in the red.

The restaurant's low-profile location, overshadowed by Tower Grille, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"tower-grille-1c1a3fbe"} --> on one side and

Erin September 17, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I always wondered why this establishment doesn't stay open late on Thursdays for the farmer's markets. I would like to try to out sometime but I don't work in the area so it looks like my only option is lunch on Saturdays.
Aileen Gram-Reefer September 19, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I go there once or twice a week. Karen makes a great salad.
Susan September 25, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I've never noticed this restaurant, but will now give it a try!
Emily Henry September 25, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I recommend the Collard Wrap! Very unique, and healthy. Also, the protein shakes are a great pick-me-up for the afternoon slump.

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