Mark Kulkis went undercover for a little industrial espionage before launching his gleaming new specialty salad bar, the Chop Stop, on San Fernando Road in Burbank last week.
Kulkis was hired on at an entry-level job at a nearby chain restaurant that he declined to name. He took the job because he wanted a minimum-wage worker's eye view of restaurant operations.
"I wanted franchise experience, because that's what I hope to do," Kulkis said.
The Chop Stop serves up chopped salads with a variety of toppings and flavors, offering a health-conscious and price-conscious choice for customers. The store, in the 1001 North San Fernando Road center anchored by Henry's Farmers Market, opened to a crowd of curious shoppers and Burbank Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors on Friday.
The menu offers nearly 20 specialty salads. Customers can turn over their own leaf by selecting the greens, dressings and toppings — from almonds to edamame, or Cajun chicken to cucumbers — from an extensive list of possibilities. The restaurant also serves freshly made wraps and soups.