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Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes

Financing

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.

Financing

Why the downfall of Garden Fresh Restaurants is so maddening

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.

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.

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