Founded in 2007 by Georgetown University graduates Nicolas Jammet, Jonathan Neman and Nathaniel Ru, sweetgreen has become a favorite not only for its delicious and healthy food, but also for its commitment to local farmers, the community, sustainability, and outstanding company culture. They opened their first location, a 560-square foot space in Georgetown, in August 2007 - just three months out of college. The shop quickly grew a cult-like following and, over the next six years, the threesome went on to open 22 additional locations throughout Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Philadelphia, Boston and New York City. The company also founded sweetlife, an annual food and music festival that attracts a curated selection of cutting edge artists and 20,000 attendees - not to mention outstanding food from top chefs, food trucks, local purveyors and farmers. Over the years, sweetgreen has received numerous accolades from the press including The Washington Post, USA Today, Food & Wine, Forbes, Bloomberg, Washingtonian, CBS and NBC, among others, and the founders were voted Food & Wine's '40 Big Thinkers Under 40,' Forbes' '30 Under 30' and Refinery29's '30 Under 30.'