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Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes


Menu innovation accelerates

Renewed R&D is powering menus forward after the pandemic slowed things down.


The owner of Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Garden Fresh Restaurants opts for liquidation rather than reopening its buffet-centric restaurants due to coronavirus restrictions.

The owner of Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes was investing in units and planning an expansion. And then the coronavirus hit, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

Garden Fresh Restaurants has hired bankruptcy counsel and says it sees “no way to operate” given FDA recommendations that buffets not open.

As restaurants reopen, many regulations explicitly forbid buffets and self-service. That could require massive changes at buffet concepts, or their end altogether, says RB’s The Bottom Line.

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

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

The 50-foot salad bar at Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes is a big draw for guests who come to create customized salads. But the 125-unit chain also offers four varying “recipe” salads tossed fresh every 20 minutes in exhibition kitchens at each location. The most recent of these is the Grilled Steakhouse Salad.

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