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Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes

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8 new menu items for the new year

Restaurants aim to feed consumers’ often conflicting desires as 2019 begins.

Restaurant kitchens get creative with winter produce, adding bursts of color and flavor to the plate.

Sometimes big changes come in small packages. It might not seem like a big deal when Sterno cleans up the fuel that has warmed a million buffet pans. Or when a diner can consult their smartphone to find the source of the fish on their plate.

Much of the public buzz around tablets refers to front-of-house applications, whether in the hands of a server taking orders or atop a table, loaded with games and self-ordering capabilities for guests.

Not every restaurant development of the past year deserved commemoration with a smiley face. Here are a few of low points.

A family-casual buffet chain operating as Souplantation in Southern California and Sweet Tomatoes in other areas

The twin chains’ new owners have tapped a turnaround vet to reinvigorate the buffet brands.

Menus from restaurants featured in the December issue of Restaurant Business magazine.

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