Glass mason jars are making a resurgence on store shelves, online shops, and—now—restaurants. Opening this fall in New York City is Ancolie, a restaurant which solely serves meals in custom-designed glass mason jars. Founder Chloe Vichot realized her vision via Kickstarter. The project proved more than marketable among health and sustainability-minded consumers with almost $55,000 raised from backers.
The epicurean cantine will feature grab-and-go breakfast, lunch, and snack options like french toast sticks, ratatouille, chicken tikka, and chocolate cake packaged in the reusable glass jars. And, Vichot has added an extra-sustainable perk for customers who recycle glass: For every 10 jars returned to Ancolie, they’ll receive a free dish. The A-imprinted, portion-controlled glass jars are specially-designed with wide necks (making them easier to eat out of) and they’re stackable and leak-proof, 100% reusable and recyclable, and they contribute to Vichot’s ultimate goal: A zero-waste community.
“Eating out of a glass jar is fun, convenient, delicious and chemical free,” Vichot tells the Glass Packaging Institute. “The experience compared to disposable packaging is so much better, it invites you to take your time and enjoy your meal. Our jars are transparent inside and out: You’ll know exactly what you are eating when you pick one. Real meals deserve real packaging—everything tastes better out of glass.”
With the success of Vichot’s premiere enterprise, she’s clearly struck a chord with like-minded consumers and initiated a new trend. Keep an eye out for more establishments to follow suit.