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Healthy Restaurant Chain Lemonade Expands to Bay Area

A fast casual healthy restaurant chain called Lemonade will expand to the Bay Area next year.

Restaurants at 781 Mission Street in San Francisco, 151 University Avenue in Palo Alto and 1384 Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek are all slated to open in spring 2016, with more locations expected to be announced soon.

These initial restaurants were recently-shuttered locations of the Starbucks-owned La Boulange, according to San Francisco Business Times.

Lemonade operates 16 locations in Southern California as well as outposts at USC and Los Angeles International Airport. Though it is a chain, each location has its own look and feel made from California materials and furnishings.

The seasonal menus reflect California's healthy bounty of produce and international spices and offers a marketplace of omnivorous eating where portions start at $2.75 as well as braises, sandwiches and salads that average around $7. There are numerous options which make it possible to eat light or dip into some indulgent comfort fare.

And, yes, there is lemonade, including the old fashioned and Arnold Palmer varieties (half lemonade, half iced tea) as well as adventurous flavors like watermelon rosemary, blood orange, and blueberry mint.

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