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New NYC Restaurant Serves Healthy Fast Food In Reusable Jars

By Desirée Kaplan

100 million pieces of lunchtime trash get thrown away every 24 hours, resulting in 20 billion pieces in landfills annually. The problem, of course, stems from thousands of busy people eating on the run and resorting to food that is often packaged in wasteful plastics or styrofoam. But not all convenient food has to contribute to landfills. One new restaurant in New York is tackling that issue head on by serving everything in custom mason jars. 

In 2015, the idea for Ancolie was born in France and founder, chef Chloe Vichot, began working on designs for the signature jar and fast casual location in New York City. By the next year she had surpassed her $20,000 Kickstarter goal and Ancolie opened its doors in the Fall 2016. The 500 square foot space seats 15 customers and is located in the heart of Greenwich Village in New York City.  

We're open! Come weather the storm with us and try today's special: Mac and Cheese 🧀

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Vichot was born and raised in Paris, France and worked in finance for a decade before opening her restaurant with the goal to make eating on-the-go sustainable and delicious. After graduating from culinary school and winning a leadership award, Vichot quit her full time finance career to get the necessary job experience at a Michelin starred NYC restaurant.