Gone are the days when Provence Breads & Cafe filled the air of Hillsboro Village with the scent of fresh-baked pastries, macarons and pies. The bakery closed abruptly in 2018, and the storefront at 1705 21st Ave. S. has been empty ever since.
Until now. Late last year, an eatery on the other end of the food spectrum moved in. Greenery Co. officially opened its doors on Dec. 8, bringing with it a colorful menu of salads, soups and healthy bowls. (Sigh, no croissants, sadly, but they do have a triple chocolate chip cookie.) The cafe is owned by sisters and former Vanderbilt University students Caroline Gaston and Whitney Abblitt.
The menu includes a few custom Greenery creations, including kale caesar, Tennessee Thai and chicken pesto, but I’m mostly excited by the giant build-your-own menu.
You start by choosing two base ingredients — quinoa, rice and a variety of greens — and then, you can pile on up to four toppings. And the toppings list is massive; there are nearly 20 ingredients to choose from, including chili cauliflower, marinated beets, roasted broccoli and crispy chickpeas. A number of proteins and premium toppings can be added to your creation for an additional cost — carrot falafel is $2.25, blackened shrimp is $5, avocado is $2 and burrata is an extra $3, for example. You can top off your creation with more than a dozen different dressings.
To drink, the cafe serves Topo Chico, Waterloo Sparkling Water and locally made Walker Brothers kombucha, and for those who just can’t live without the bread, they have fresh-baked offerings from Dozen available by the slice.
Greenery Co. is open daily 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
For more information, visit greeneryco.com.