Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes


Sweet Tomatoes readies its second act with a return to what was

But who, exactly, acquired the intellectual property rights to the buffet brand that will be born again in Arizona?


Pandemic victim Sweet Tomatoes is planning a comeback

The buffet salad chain has signed a lease to reopen in Tucson, Ariz., in a former location. It remains to be seen how the brand will adapt to the post-pandemic era.

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

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.

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