Founded in 2015, Everytable’s first location in South LA serves seasonal, healthy dishes for less than $5 each. At its second location in downtown LA, where residents typically earn much more, the same items cost around $8. The same idea goes for the three other locations in wealthier Santa Monica and Century City, and lower-income Baldwin Hills, co-founders Sam Polk and David Foster told Business Insider.
The menus at Everytable’s South LA and Baldwin Hills locations, which change seasonally, feature salads, bowls, and kids’ meals. Dishes include kale chicken Caesar salad, Jamaican jerk chicken, and Yucatan chili. In Santa Monica, the location offers items like roasted pork al pastor, spaghetti and meatballs, and smoked salmon bibimbap. The chain sources its meats, fruits, and vegetables from local purveyors and makes the dishes from scratch every morning, Foster said.
The team is able to keep prices low at Everytable — items range from $3.50 to $5.95 in South LA and Baldwin Hills— because the small, grab-and-go store saves on rent and doesn’t have many employees, Polk said. Meals are prepared in bulk at an off-site kitchen and delivered to the stores, which keeps production costs down. He added that being based in California, where a third of the country’s produce is grown, allows the chain to easily source fresh food from nearby farms at a low price.