Jen and Corey Gardner-Meeks are two Glassboro natives who had a big dream and made it happen. The couple decided to open up a healthy restaurant called Green Zebra in their hometown. The restaurant is located on the first floor of the Whitney Center. They serve a wide array of salads that can also be turned into wraps. Along with the wraps the couple provides Oogavé soda. Don’t know what it is? Read on!
What made you want to open up a restaurant like Green Zebra?
My wife and I grew up in Glassboro and we realized there was a lack of healthy eating establishments so we decided to open it up.
Are you and your wife vegetarians or vegans?
My wife became a vegetarian because she didn’t like the idea of eating meat. I became a vegetarian for the healthy benefits. First, I cut out red meats and eventually meats altogether.
What is your favorite item on the menu?
The tomatillo (pronounced toh-muh-tee-oh). A tomatillo is a tomato, each of our salads have a tomato in it this is my favorite though. I, of course, substitute the chicken for either black beans or tofu.
What is Oogavé soda?
Oogavé soda is a USDA certified organic soda made from agave syrup. When the agave nectar is fermented it becomes tequila. But, when it goes non-fermented it is a sweet syrup. It is low glycemic so it is a better option for people with hyperglycemia. The soda has no high-fructose syrup also.
What is the Earn Your Stripes program?
It is a loyalty card–like a rewards program. Once you sign up for it every time you order you show your card. The computer will keep track of what you spend. Once you reach $50 the computer will print out a $5 gift certificate that you can use the next time you order.
Make sure to check out Green Zebra on the first floor of the Whitney Center. They are open seven days a week from 11 A.M. to 9 P.M.