Root & Sprig Restaurant Opens in St. Francis Hospital by Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio

Opens in St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center.

Root & Sprig, a fast-casual concept restaurant at St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center in Rockville Centre, opened last week. The restaurant was co-founded by Tom Colicchio, celebrity chef and owner of Small Batch in Garden City.

According to a statement released by the restaurant, it brings creative healthy food and beverage options to hospital employees and visitors. This is the first Root & Sprig location to open at Catholic Health (and the first to open on Long Island), with other hospital location openings anticipated later in 2023.

Root & Sprig was developed and co-founded by Colicchio, host of Bravo’s Top Chef, and Health Hospitality Partners (HHP), a mission-driven company that brings modern amenities to healthcare settings.

“As healthcare providers, we have to set the example, and that’s why we have embraced this opportunity to offer healthy, nutritional food in our hospital lobby,” said St. Francis President Charles L. Lucore MD, MBA. 

Colicchio created Root & Sprig to deliver bold flavors and friendly service to patients, visitors and employees in healthcare facilities nationwide, while calling attention to the crucial role that food plays in health. Menu items reflect healthy dietary selections and feature sandwiches, salads, soups and breakfast items that include vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Catholic Health says it is working with HHP to curate and host high-quality food retailers such as Root & Sprig, who provide healthy, fresh, and nutritious food, and who are dedicated to bringing a true sense of hospitality to health care. Catholic Health has been focused on ensuring that patients have access to healthy food options as poor diets are associated with a higher probability of diabetes, stroke, hypertension, obesity, cancer, asthma, arthritis, and kidney disease. In addition, campaigns have been implemented to address food insecurity in the communities Catholic Health serves and beyond.

Photo: Root & Sprig Grand Opening – St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center.

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