Amy's Kitchen plans fast-food restaurant in Rohnert Park

The Big Mac and the Double-Double Animal Style appear destined to face off in Rohnert Park with a different sort of fast-food competitor: the veggie burger with organic fries and toppings.

Petaluma-based Amy's Kitchen, one of the nation's largest makers of natural frozen foods, is planning to open its first fast-food restaurant and drive-thru near the casino now taking shape in Rohnert Park.

The menu would include fresh vegetarian burgers, burritos, pizzas, organic fries and salads made with organic produce from local growers. Patrons could quench their thirst with organic shakes, smoothies and healthy drinks, Amy's co-founder and CEO Andy Berliner said Monday.

"As far as I know, it's really unique," he said of the concept. What will set the restaurant apart "will be the great taste of the food."

Amy's, with sales projected to reach $380 million this year, recently purchased two parcels for the restaurant at the southwest corner of Wilfred Avenue and Redwood Drive. In-N-Out Burger sits a few hundred yards south, and a McDonald's has been approved by the city just to the north.

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