Dining out in south Reno is about to get fresher and better for you.
Great Full Gardens, the hugely popular Midtown restaurant known for its healthful menu, use of local ingredients and diet-specific dishes that actually taste good, is debuting a second full-service restaurant in the Smith's center on South Meadows Parkway. (There's also a quick-service Great Full Gardens Express at the University of Nevada.)
The new Great Full Gardens is scheduled to open the first week in October. The restaurant occupies the southwest corner of the center, near Pisces Sushi.
Why the move south?
"In our research, this came up as an area in our particular niche that made sense to be here," said Gino Scala, one of three owners of Great Full Gardens. He came to prominence in the Reno food scene as Gino the Soup Man selling vegan soups.
The menu from Midtown will be served in south Reno, with the addition of a couple of new beers and some new dishes like jackfruit tacos — sweet, nutrient-dense jackfruit belongs to the breadfruit family — and a snarl of soba noodles with mango ginger dressing.
The new space — about 3,400 square feet — seats 108 (24 more than in Midtown); the patio seats about 25. A mural (embargoed until opening day) celebrates the restaurant's local suppliers.
"There's more breathing room," Gino Scala said of the southern spot.
"And more parking!" emphasized Juli Scali, his business partner and wife, adding that the owners hope Great Full Gardens South will draw the same crowds as its Midtown sibling.
Great Full Gardens South is at 784 S. Meadows Parkway, suite A-14, 775-324-2016. Visit here for the web page.