CRISP & GREEN, which is owned by restaurant group STEELE BRANDS, will expand into Illinois next month with the opening of its new location in Vernon Hills, Ill.

The opening will mark the eleventh state for the growing brand, with seven additional restaurants slated to open in the greater Chicago area. The seven-unit Illinois expansion is part of a recent development agreement with area residents Clark and Gina Koertner of CGIA Operations LLC.

“As we barrel toward our 50-unit milestone and the doubling of our location count in a single calendar year, we are being buoyed by immensely talented and driven franchisees like the Koertners, who see the tremendous opportunity our brand presents and recognize the massive demand for accessible, healthy food,” said Steele Smiley, founder and Executive Chairman of STEELE BRANDS.

CRISP & GREEN is on pace to reach 65 locations open across 20 states before year’s end and has 36 locations currently open across the country.