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Amy's Kitchen Opens New Drive-Thru in Rohnert Park

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Amy's Kitchen Opens New Drive-Thru in Rohnert Park

Amy’s Kitchen, a pioneer in the organic food industry, has embarked on a new adventure. The company opened Amy’s Drive Thru in Rohnert Park, California on July 20. The brainchild of Amy’s Kitchen co-founders Andy and Rachel Berliner, Amy’s Drive Thru was over two years in the making and is bringing a fresh vision to fast food. The 4,000 square foot fast food stop is planted just off California’s iconic Highway 101 and will serve classic fast food created to satisfy new American tastes and values.


Amy's Drive-Thru in Rohnert Park - Living Roof“People have been asking us to do this for years—to create a place where they can go when they’re too busy to cook, but want something good for themselves or their family,” explains Rachel Berliner. “We’re not restaurateurs, but we love to cook for people, so we decided to make it happen.”

The menu features flavors and foods that will be instantly familiar to any American: veggie burg- ers, fries, shakes, pizza, mac & cheese, and burritos. But a closer look reveals a few surprises, especially for the growing number of consumers with special diets. Every item on the menu has a vegan and gluten-free option, including vegan shakes and gluten-free mac & cheese. All of the food is vegetarian and free of peanuts and eggs, common allergens.

The new restaurant concept also reveals the obsessive attention to quality and taste that has made Amy’s Kitchen a global success. The Drive Thru is all non-GMO (including the packaging) and uses over 95% organic ingredients.

Amy's PizzaAmy’s Kitchen was able to call upon its decades-long relationships with farmers to get the best quality ingredients to make its own foods. Its sourcing team worked with local purveyors to get the ingredients that are unique to Amy’s Drive Thru, including coffee from Coast Roast, sour cream from Clover Stornetta Farms, and chocolate milk from members of the Organic Valleyco-op. Amy’s Drive Thru uses these ingredients to make nearly all its food from scratch, including the pasta for the mac & cheese, the tofu in the Super Salad, and the veggie burgers and buns.

“Our relationships with farmers and our knowledge of how to make delicious food on a large scale has really made this project possible—we’ve been able to keep the quality high and the prices reasonable” says Andy Berliner. Diners will be able to get an organic veggie burger, shake, and fries for under $9.

The heart of the Drive Thru menu is The Amy, a veggie burger the company developed over the course of over a thousand recipe taste tests. The burger comes in a single or double and features a house-made bun, secret sauce, locally-brined pickles, and fresh organic tomatoes. Amy’s Drive Thru puts equal attention into its version of the iconic “side of fries”—they visited countless farms and tasted over a dozen potato varieties from different growing regions before they found the winner.

The Drive Thru’s attention to details did not stop with the food—the building was created with an equal amount of care and attention to sustainability. The Drive Thru features a living roof and an array of over 50 solar panels to offset the Drive Thru’s energy needs. The interior was designed with over 95% repurposed or salvaged wood and any new wood that was used was Forest Stewardship Council certified.

Rohnert Park locals and road-weary travelers are now able to drive through and try an organic veggie burger and fries. For those who choose to eat in, there is seating for about 140. Amy’s Drive Thru is at 58 Golf Course Drive West, just off Highway 101, exit 484. It is open for lunch and dinner, from 10:30am to 10pm every day and there are plans to add breakfast to the menu in early 2016.