About Us

Marley Hodgson and Dan Long, lifelong friends and chefs, founded Colorado-based MAD Greens in 2004. They were intent on addressing the lack of fresh, fast and healthy fare available to the average American consumer. Back in 2004, MAD Greens was a pioneer of the fast-casual salad category and over the past 12 years, it has grown to be a leader in both the region and the category.

Today, we are still committed to helping guests 'Eat Better' and do so by embodying our Declaration of Nourishment.

We Nourish our MAD Greens family by encouraging and recognizing individual contributions and providing real opportunities for growth.

We Nourish our guests by providing delicious, better-for-you, fresh and inspired eats in an environment that infuses hospitality, convenience and affordability.

We Nourish our community by cultivating local relationshiops and forging genuine, meaningful partnerships built on trust and transparency.

We Nourish our future by being performance driven without compromising integrity and quality.

We Nourish our culture by fostering a little bit of MADness in work, play and life.

Fresh carrots on a table. Photo courtesy of Denver Urban Gardens.

We believe that preparing everything in-house and making things from scratch is simply better than any alternative; and that "tasty" and "healthy" are not mutually exclusive. Most importantly, eating better shouldn't be an uptight or tense experience. After all, you need to eat often so why not make the best of it...smile, laugh, and savor the experience. We want our guests to love the food as much as we love making it.

A MAD Greens fan shows excitement at the Lehi, UT grand opening.
AC Restaurant Group a Coors family company acquired MAD Greens in 2013 with the intention of expanding partnerships with local food suppliers and growing the presence outside of Colorado for the first time. Darden Coors, former counsel for family-owned CoorsTek Inc. and for publicly traded Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Inc., joined the team as CEO. Under Darden, Marley and Dan's leadership, MAD Greens continued expanding in Colorado while opening restaurants in three new markets: Arizona, Texas and Utah. As of October 2016, MAD Greens now has 31 corporately-owned locations with more on the way. 
MAD Greens Southlands Grand Opening
Pictured: MAD Greens opens its 27th location at the Southlands Mall in Aurora, Colo. in November 2016. 

We believe that a better community starts at the grassroots level and are proud to support local and national causes. In 2015, MAD Greens donated more than $50,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to the Multiple Sclerosis Society's Colorado/Wyoming Chapter, having donated approximately $125,000 throughout the five-year partnership.

The MAD Greens MuckFest team celebrates at the finish line
Pictured: Some of the MAD Greens team members after running the 2016 MuckFest MS.

People are central to our success and we're staffed with people who all know the world can be a lot better. We have more fun and do more for our communities. 

MAD Greens team members behind the line.
Pictured: Some of the MAD Greens team members during the MAD Greens - Round Rock grand opening.
If you want to join our MAD family, we're always looking to hire fun, active and ambitious people. Yes, there's a little MADness, but in surveys, 89% of all MAD Greens team members love our culture.