What Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer’s $15 million investment in this restaurant chain says about the future of fast food

The future of fast food is plant-based.

Dig Inn, a vegetable-focused fast casual restaurant chain with locations in New York and Boston, got a $15 million investment from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group –– the team behind Shake Shack –– this week that will help with expansion plans.

The money will fund 10 new restaurants in New York, Boston and Philadelphia in 2019. The team will also grow its delivery service, open a full-service restaurant in the West Village of Manhattan, and hire and train 300 new staff members, founder Adam Eskin told MarketWatch.

Founded in 2011, the New York-based chain’s signature item is called the “marketbowl,” a mix of seasonal vegetables, grains like brown rice and farro, and a choice of proteins like wild Alaskan salmon, chicken meatballs or tofu.

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