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Salad ‘n Dash opens with salad and cocktails in Downtown Pensacola

It kind of gives new meaning to the words “Salad Bar.” Florida’s first-of-its-kind drive-through salad and full bar is making its debut in Downtown Pensacola. The brainchild of BarSteak owner and serial restaurateur Johnny Mascia, Salad ‘n Dash promises quick, fresh, healthy salads and something a little unique — the option to order craft cocktails, local craft beer, wine and more.

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“Quick food can be healthy with careful planning using locally grown produce and local vendors,” said Mascia. “Our vision is to serve the high-quality, fresh, delicious salads paired with the speed of a drive through. Oh yeah, and you can pick up a drink or two as well.”

BarSteak had already garnered local, regional and national awards, but Mascia hasn’t let the success of go to his head — he insists it’s all about people and building a team of people who have one common goal — serve uncommonly good food and embrace the people around them.

“The only way these concepts work is we have the right people in place to make them sing,” said Mascia. “The right chef, the right cooks, the right staff. For me it starts with people and giving them the tools they need to do their job well and serve our guests well. Profit sharing has been very popular with the staff and is part of what makes being a team member special. Salad ‘n Dash fits that same philosophy.”

Mascia says BarSteak’s success is amplified by the already vibrant dining scene in Downtown Pensacola and Salad ‘n Dash will be a fresh, fast complement to the urban vibe.

“We really just want to brighten the already compelling culinary scene in Downtown,” said Johnny. “There is so much good going on down here right now. We’re honored to be a part of it.”

Salad ‘n Dash is nestled into the old Wells Fargo bank drive-through on Jefferson Street across from the parking garage. More information at eatsaladndash.com and on Facebook and Instagram.

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About Johnny Mascia

For more than four decades, Johnny Mascia has dedicated his life to communicating through Food & Beverage — from the height of the New York restaurant and night club scenes in the radical 80s to a string of successes in Boston, NYC, Los Angeles and a mountain of national magazine covers highlighting his nightclubs, chefs and restaurants.

He’s graced the covers of Food & Wine, Wine Spectator, GQ, Esquire, Boston Magazine, New York times and Art Culinaire to name a few, but there’s much more to Johnny. This same man has helped raise more than a million dollars for women’s homeless shelters.

For Johnny — it’s all about the craft, his people, and giving back. Highly talented at engaging his team to bring his visions to life, Johnny’s restaurant concepts have been nationally acclaimed by critics and patrons alike.

But the applause is not what drives him. It’s something much deeper.  At 36, Johnny summited Mount Rainier, a 36-hour roundtrip trek ascending to more than 15,000 feet. In addition, Johnny has made countless ridge traverses in the dead of winter above tree line in New Hampshire’s treacherous White Mountains and recently summitted Mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa with his 13-year-old son. He’s an accomplished National Grand Prix Show Jumper and a former sponsored competitive Mountain Biker. This way of life began when he was a boy and it’s what drives him today — a journey to challenge the status quo.

A graduate of New York University, Johnny is a living story of experiences, gathering culinary expertise from extensive travels throughout Europe, Africa, India, NYC, Boston and all points between — including his mother’s kitchen.

His mantra? A good meal is created with simplicity and refinement.  Dining is theater and one of the few activities in life that simultaneously stimulate all five senses. His legacy? A life of lifting people up through creative culinary experiences, teamwork, and community driven initiatives.