The Souplantation Story – A Culture Of Culinary Creation. Since its beginnings, Sweet Tomatoes is a place of creation, from the inception of our restaurant concept down to the very meals our guests are able to make utilizing the farm-fresh menu items of our salad bar and buffet.
Our story begins in 1978 in San Diego, where two California surfers enjoyed a vision to produce a healthy spot to eat where possibilities were endless. They decided they desired to open a nearby restaurant filled with options that used the freshest vegetables and fruit, plus soups and baked goods created from scratch, all following homemade recipes bursting with flavor. Not only would this restaurant be a spot to eat, but additionally a spot where farm meets the table and families gather for any healthy dining experience all of its own.
Today, 97 restaurants and millions of guests later, Souplantation has expanded to the salad bar and buffet place to go for farm-fresh, scratch-made offerings for all to experience!
Souplantation’s Supply Chain Commitments – Souplantation takes the caliber of its food very seriously in order to provide our guests the best options once they choose to dine with us. We want our restaurant buffets to be filled with options that not only taste great, but cause you to feel great too. Which means our owner and operator Garden Fresh Restaurants upholds high standards in terms of sourcing the components we use to create our menu items. Centered on freshness, quality, and safety, our standards are designed to maintain humane, ethical, and sustainable business practices.
Souplantation, which operates as Sweet Tomatoes outside southern California, is a United States Of America-based chain of all-you-can-eat buffet-style restaurants. The first Souplantation opened in 1978 in San Diego, California, where company is headquartered. The company was incorporated as Garden Fresh Corp. in 1983. The company went public in 1995 but was taken private in 2004. The company is owned by Garden Fresh Restaurant Corporation
he first Souplantation restaurant opened on Mission Gorge Road in San Diego, Ca, in 1978. It had been the thought of Dennis Jay, who has been a bartender at Springfield Wagon Works, a pioneer in Salad bars in El Cajon. Dennis’s good friends, John Turnbull and Scott King were opening their first Soup and Salad restaurant The Soup Exchange. Dennis was impressed with all the new concept and introduced Steve Hohe, the Springfield Restaurant manager and Ron Demery, a bail bondsman and long time friend to John and Scott. Dennis, Steve and Ron made a decision to partner up to produce a parallel concept, the Sweet Tomatoes Hours Hours Saturday. The two concepts grew alongside in a friendly, mutually supportive, yet competitive environment for several years. This restaurant and a second one in Point Loma were bought in 1983 by Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp, founded by Michael Mack to use the chain.
The company has expanded across the American West and Southwest, as well as opened locations in a number of Southeast states, including 23 restaurants in Florida. All of the restaurants are company-owned. In 2005, an affiliate in the ilcifm investment firm Sun Capital Partners purchased Garden Fresh along with it the restaurant chains. At the time of October 2016, 104 locations stay in operation throughout the usa. In 2017, Garden Fresh and its restaurant chains were purchased through the New York City private investment firm Cerberus Capital Management