A West End juice bar and restaurant that offers up a big helping of healthy food will soon expand to downtown.

Get Juiced is at 605 N. 24th St. W. The juice bar won the recent Battle of the Plans business plan competition, emerging from a field of around 40 participating businesses. That will pave the way for a new downtown location.

Winning the contest is no small accomplishment. Get Juiced will get assistance with marketing, advertising and signage and one year's free rent.

Nicole Griffith, one of the owners, sat down with Billings Business to discuss plans for a downtown expansion.

Q: Congratulations on winning Battle of the Plans. How is the process going for a downtown location?

A: We’re working hard on our expansion but we just haven’t picked a spot yet. In terms of square footage, our West End store is pretty small, so we’re looking to find a space that’s just a little bigger. Location is key for so many businesses. We’re hoping for a place where we can be seen and that has easy access for people coming downtown as a destination or people who work there.

Are you working on a specific timeline?

It all depends on whenever we find a location. Once we get that taken care of, we may open around the middle of summer.

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Some might suggest that Billings isn’t on the cutting edge in food trends. But is juice catching on here?

It’s a new concept for Billings, but it’s a trend. Juicing is just a really convenient way to get your fruits and vegetables. People are trying to eat heathier, so we hope it’s a going to be a trend that people stick with.

There are plenty of people with gluten intolerance, so we’re able to modify anything on our menu for them. Plus, we’re offering the purest form of fruits and vegetables, and it’s really good for you.

How did Get Juiced get started?

We started with a food trailer and we have been in our West End location for about a year and a half.

We have about 20 raw juices on the menu, plus about a dozen smoothies, plus salads, wraps and sandwiches. We change the menu about four times a year in order to get the best produce.

Do you have a personal favorite menu item?

That’s a tough one. I’d say the Gallatin is one of my favorites. It can be a salad or a wrap, with mixed greens and a sliced pear and apple, red onion, and goat cheese. It has our homemade candied walnut dressing.

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