Dana and Julie met in Westport, CT in 2010 at a birthday party that both were attending with their daughters. They immediately struck up a conversation about how to get kids to eat, and a friendship was born. Upon meeting, Julie shared her crazy idea with Dana to start a granola company — to make a beautiful, handmade, giftable granola. Dana was on board and O.A.T.S. Granola was born.
Years into their granola business, a colleague recommended that they consider cooking O.A.T.S. in their hometown, which would give them an opportunity to create a cafe experience in the front. The always hungry ladies got together and wrote a menu of their dreams. They knew that in addition to delicious, modern, beautiful food, they would want a space where their community in Westport could feel happy and comfortable and have an experience beyond the food. The Granola Bar opened its doors December 7, 2013.
Dana and Julie had ZERO experience in the restaurant business, so they have approached their company as customers. The customer experience is at the forefront of everything they do and how they lead the staff in the business as well. Happy, thoughtful, caring service – with faster and healthier food – makes for The Granola Bar experience!