3 Little Figs (278 Highland Ave., Somerville) has been holding down the fort in Somerville’s Spring Hill neighborhood since 2011, providing the area with a sunny daytime spot for caffeine, excellent pastries, sandwiches, and of course, spinach pie. Now, it has a brand new sibling and neighbor that veers away from pastries and into things that feel a little healthier. Appropriately dubbed Health Club, it debuts in the adjacent space (278a Highland Ave.) at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 23, and it’ll be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
The tiny but attractive counter-service spot from owners Katie and Andy Rooney features a menu of salads, bowls, smoothies, and sparkling beverages made from ingredients meant to make you feel good, like kale, avocado, chia pudding, and the like. It’s all gluten-free, soy-free, and meat-free — vegan-friendly if you don’t add the optional eggs to the salads and bowls. Take a peek at the full opening menu below.
The space has room for eight to sit inside, and like 3 Little Figs, it’ll have a little bit of sidewalk seating when the season permits. Try to snag a spot inside to sip an avocado shake while taking in the distinctive mural by local artist Lizzie Siegel, which depicts Katie Rooney’s “interpretation of a cosmic Greek goddess who celebrates health and well-being and lives in a vibrant fruit and veggie Trapper Keeper-inspired universe,” per a press release. There’s also a wall of fake succulents.
Game plan: Head to Health Club for a kale and grapefruit salad with a mango turmeric smoothie, then grab a French toast muffin and matcha honey latte at 3 Little Figs next door. And perhaps a slice of spinach pie for later.
• Health Club [Official Site]