The Salad House Closes In Somerville

SOMERVILLE, NJ — The Salad House, a fast-casual restaurant specializing in fresh customized and signature salads, has permanently closed its Somerville location.

The eatery at 58 West Main St. in Downtown Somerville closed up on Sept. 28 and is now moving to Livingston due to a number of reasons, said owner David Delinko.

“I am from Livingston and grew up in that area. My wife has a small business in Livingston as well,” Delinko said. “The pandemic gave me time to look at my situation of driving to Somerville every day. I was working crazy hours and never was able to see my family.”

Delinko says he has no ill will towards the Somerville community.

“I love Somerville, the community. I made great friends there,” Delinko said.

Delinko noted how he always made an effort to be involved in the Somerville community donating close to 800 meals to area hospitals during the coronavirus.

His decision came down to what was best for his family and taking an opportunity to be more involved in his own community.

The Salad House in Somerville had opened in February in 2018. The franchise still has locations in Westfield, Millburn and Morristown. And plans to open in Livington and Montclair.

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  • Stacy Brown was a recently divorced mother of three when she came up with an idea for a business making chicken salad at home and selling it door to door.
  • In an interview with Guy Raz’s “How I Built This” podcast, Brown told the emotional story of how close she came to losing everything, and how she put the company on a path to grow.
  • The brand now has more than 170 locations in 17 states and made more than $153 million in sales last year, the company told Business Insider.
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Stacy Brown was a stay-at-home mother of three when the emotional and financial turmoil of a divorce pushed her to look for a way to provide for her kids.

As she explained in an interview with Guy Raz’s “How I Built This” podcast, she needed about $500 per month to support her family, so she turned to her lifelong appetite for chicken salad.

Her recipes were a hit, and before long she had turned a small project into a full-time job as the Chicken Salad Chick.

Progress wasn’t a straight line, however. Several major setbacks nearly ended the business before it truly got off the ground.

Here’s how Brown grew her brand from her home kitchen in Alabama in 2007 to a fast-growing restaurant franchise that told Business Insider it now has more than 170 locations across 17 states and sold more than $153 million last year.

Know your product, know your customer

Brown says her business idea arose fairly naturally when she considered how she could use her skills and experience to solve a problem that she knew many people shared.

“What have I perfected over these last years as a stay-at-home mom that people would value? Well, I knew that