Mountain Sno is ready for summer with new Salads to Go
By Kim Swindell Wood | May 14, 2018 6:43 am
By Rima Austin, contributor
It’s like the ritual has never ended. When the sun comes out and the weather warms up in Sparta, cars are backing up one by one at Mountain Sno. This time, however, they are pulling into a different parking lot, and there is much more going on within the walls of this establishment besides Hawaiian shaved ice. There is a new building, new menu, and a new name.
Mountain Sno and Salads to Go sits across the street from the gravel parking lot that it used to reside in. Inside the air-conditioned building, two mothers sit with their children at an extra-long table, eating flavored shaved ice. The children laugh and share their treats with each other, as the mothers reflect on their day. The sun shines through the large windows that face the street, and the entire room is bright and inviting. At the far end of the room is a salad bar with fresh fruits and vegetables, along with salad dressings and toppings. At the other end of the room is a deli counter where Sarah Anderson, a long-time employee, tends to the line of cars that are backed up in the drive-thru. The owners, Debbie and Mike Remillard, sit at one of the smaller tables and wave at the customers that have been frequenting their establishment for years through the drive-in window.
“Days like this we do really well,” says Debbie Remillard. “The salad bar is open every day, and we do soups in the winter when it’s cold. We are pretty much done with soups, and we are doing sandwiches now.”
In addition to salads and sandwiches, Mountain Sno and Salads to Go also offer paninis, baked potatoes, and have recently added fresh, locally made cupcakes to the menu. There is something special offered every day of the week. For instance, the baked potatoes are only offered on Baked Potato Thursdays, and now there is a Taco Tuesday.
“These are like the walking tacos,” explained Debbie Remillard. “We have Dorito bags and Tostito bags, and we go back and forth between chicken and beef taco meat. Then the [customers] can put whatever they want from the salad bar on it.”
Debbie Remillard goes on to explain that she has big plans for their establishment but that they do not want to lose the small town connection they had when it was a small hut on the side of the road. She says she still has the picnic table that sat in front of the hut and that it is behind the bigger store. She adds that eventually she would like to put some kid’s corn-hole boards, horseshoes, and possibly checkers out back as well.
Mountain Sno and Salads to Go can be found across the street from their old location at 410 West Bockman Way, in Sparta. The indoor salad bar is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Mountain Sno’s overall business hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Saturday, and 1-8 p.m., Sunday. If there are any questions please call (931) 837-7669.