When it comes to indoor dining, there’s only one winner.
That’s the indoor jasper plant in North Jersey.
And when the plants are planted, the effect is immediate.
People come in and they are surrounded by an array of decorative objects and a landscape of jasmies that seem to melt into one another.
And the foodies can’t help but come in to see what’s going on.
The plant has become a popular tourist attraction.
There are now more than 500 jasper trees across the United States.
So far, more than 50 million have been planted.
It’s a small, local business, said Kristin Meehl, a co-owner of The Garden in Greenville.
The garden is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 10:30 p.t.
It took six months to get this plant up and running, but she said it’s the first indoor plant to get the green light from the state Department of Environmental Protection.
The plants are now growing in some of the state’s most scenic locations, including on Route 1, the only route that carries traffic north to New Jersey, and the New Jersey Turnpike.
Meehl said the jasper plants were purchased for a local nursery.
She said the nursery is trying to sell the plants to another family who are trying to open an indoor dining establishment in the Garden.
The nursery has already sold some of its jasmeles to a local restaurant, and is looking for a larger nursery to produce more of the plants, MeeHL said.
The gardens were also featured on ABC’s “World News Tonight” on Friday night.
MeeHals said she’s hoping the plant will also be featured in “Shark Tank.”