Shaz Amarsi, Salata senior projects coordinator, with Heather Icenogle, Houston Food Bank, director of annual giving and events. Photo by Karen Boughton

Salata’s original grand opening was on July 12 and then, due to Hurricane Harvey, it abruptly closed only six weeks after its grand opening.

On Thursday, Dec. 14, Salata re-opened with a grand re-opening and ribbon cutting just 14 weeks after the devastating flood of Hurricane Harvey.

Salata’s grand opening is a boon to the community and an uplifting welcome to families in Kingwood that lost their homes and many of their favorite dining spots.

According to Shaz Amarsi, senior project coordinator for the Kingwood Salata, their email and social media were inundated with the question, “Are you going to reopen?” and when the community found out that yes, indeed, Salata was going to re-open, the next question they were flooded with was “How soon?”

The opening is a win-win. It is great for the Kingwood area residents who are anxious to once again enjoy the enormous array of salad options, soups and the “Tea Tap.” And it’s a big win for the Houston Food Bank where 100 percent of the day’s sales were donated to the food bank and its Hurricane Harvey disaster relief programs, as well as HAAM, one of its partner agencies.

Those looking for a place that is filled with healthy, fresh and delicious salad choices, a place that is proactive with the food sensitivities of its customers or a place where you can do business with free wi-fi and a unique “Tea Tap” beverage station of house-made teas and lemonade, Salata is that place. The unique organic teas, such as plum cinnamon, tropical green and black china, and signature lemonades will have everyone returning again and again. This dining experience is continuing to evolve with its topping of the month. In the coming months they are also looking at adding a monthly seasonal salad.

Kingwood was Salata’s first choice for this first of five planned Houston-area locations, said Amarsi. It has the vibrant growing customer demographics they were looking for without losing the sense of community Kingwood is known for. Oh, and the hundreds and hundreds of beautiful trees; “The Livable Forest” lives up to its name. Salata is located at 4523 Kingwood Drive, in The H-E-B Center. For more information about this and future Salatas, visit or

Karen Boughton
Author: Karen BoughtonEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I grew up in a big, Greek, cooking family. I married my high school sweetheart and soon had three daughters. My husband and I worked in the family’s Greek restaurant, “Zorba’s,” for several years before moving to Baton Rouge and eventually Corpus Christi. There I taught microwave cooking classes for studio and on television for three years before moving to Kingwood in the late '80s. I reached out to learn more about regional and international foods, spending 16 years in management in private athletic/dining/country clubs for ClubCorp, where I embraced health and cooking. In 2008 I joined the Tribune Newspapers as food editor, the same time that I became a nutrition advisor and USANA Health Sciences Associate. These two passions have given me better health and the freedom to live life my way.

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