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by admin on Monday, May 21, 2012 · 12 comments

in Company News,Events,In The Community



$5.00 Pre-opening “fun-raiser” to benefit American Red Cross Tampa Bay Chapter

 Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp, known for its 124 Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes fresh, all-you-care-to eat restaurants, will open their third quick-serve restaurant in Clearwater. Sweet Tomatoes Express, the first restaurant of this new concept in Florida will open Tuesday, May 29 at 2689 Gulf toBay Dr.

To celebrate the grand opening, Sweet Tomatoes Express has partnered with American Red Cross Tampa Bay Chapter to host a preview fundraiser event on the following dates:

  • Friday, May 25, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


For a $5.00 donation, guests can enjoy a full Sweet Tomatoes Express meal complete with an entree salad with one premium salad topper, soup of their choice and a fountain beverage.  Sweet Tomatoes Express will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the American Red Cross Tampa Bay Chapter, a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from localTampaBayresidents and companies to provide services and programs that help our community prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.


Sweet Tomatoes Express features the fresh, quality food you expect from Sweet Tomatoes in a new, quick & convenient way. Although not a buffet, guests still create your own personalized salad from over 30 different ingredients or enjoy a Sweet Tomatoes signature tossed salad. Guests have the option to pair any salad with one of five made-from-scratch soups or mac & cheese and complimentary garlic focaccia to complete the meal. Guests can add on our made-from-scratch muffins, famous chocolate chip cookies and frozen yogurt, all available a la carte to create a customized meal.


“We are so fortunate to have great community partners like Sweet Tomatoes Express.  Their support enables us to deliver our lifesaving mission and we appreciate their support for our community”, said Linda Jorge Carbone, CEO of Florida’s West Coast Region of the American Red Cross.



The new Sweet Tomatoes Express restaurant in Clearwateris located at 2689 Gulf to Bay Dr.and will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. daily beginning on Tuesday, May 29.  For more information please visit http://www.sweettomatoesexpress.com or



About Sweet Tomatoes Express:

Sweet Tomatoes Express features the great quality food you expect from Sweet Tomatoes in a quick & convenient way. It is not the traditional all-you-care-to-eat buffet style but it still lets you create your own personalized salad from over 30 different ingredients or Sweet Tomatoes signature tossed salads. Guests can pair any salad with one of five made-from-scratch soups or mac & cheese and complimentary garlic foccacia to complete the meal. Great for to-go or dine-in!


About Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp.

Celebrating over 30 years, Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. is a leader in the restaurant industry, having established a unique and successful business model for casual dining that has grown since 1978. The company’s chain of Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes restaurants now totals 124 salad buffet-styleoffers an exceptional, healthful dining experience with a daily selection of made-from-scratch soups and salads and hand-crafted muffins, focaccia, breads and tasty desserts. By combining high-quality, farm-fresh and scratch-made foods for a fixed price, our restaurants provide guests with the freedom to create their own wholesome meals. Garden Fresh restaurant concepts are built around fresh prepared, great-tasting recipes with a salad bar full of seasonal vegetables and tossed salads prepared exhibition-style every 20 minutes. Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes restaurants are open daily for lunch and dinner and also for a special Sunday breakfast that features a variety of delicious morning favorites in addition to regular selections. For more information about Garden Fresh and its Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes restaurants visit or



About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

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Steve Friday, May 25, 2012 at 11:01 am

Why not DC, northern VA?


Philip Sanguinet Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 8:55 am

I have too many great memories of my father and Souplantation to list…or count. It’s our tradition that every Father’s Day I take my father to Souplantation for dinner (or the Sunday brunch some years). We all have great food, a fun time together, and I have the chance to do something special for my father (while making sure he eats right too!). Thank you, Souplantation, for our Father’s Day tradition and for a great place for the family.


Jim Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm

As you consider opening more of these, please consider opening one in the Dallas area with a drive-through window. If Panera Bread can do it in Addison, Texas, so can you. Better yet, why not use one of these Express outlets to replace the planned-but-never-happened Plano/Frisco Sweet Tomatoes that was supposed to be built in 2009 when the Dallas/Fort Worth expansion began? I can only get down to Addison so much.


Upasana Grugan Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm

We are waiting patiently here in Eugene/Springfield, OR for you to come!!!! Hurry!


Pepper Frederick Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

We are also waiting for you here in Indianapolis, Indiana. Every single time I visit my daughter in St. Petersburg, Fl I cannot wait until we visit you in Largo. I absolutely love your restaurant.
You have several stores in our neighboring state Illinois (where I’m from) but still nothing here.

Money magazine just voted Carmel, Indiana the number one best community in the U.S. This is a suburb of Indianapolis. Please hurry!


tim Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 4:33 am

Why only 2 locations in NC – both in the Raleigh area? Any expansion plans for the Charlotte Lake Norman area? What about franchising; any news on this consideration?


Macie Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 6:52 am

I second. Please come to Charlotte. It seems foolish that you have people begging for a location in a major city in a state where you already have successful locations!


admin Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

Hi Macie – we don’t currently have expansion plans but thanks for wanting one in your area!


Brenda Liz martinez Friday, December 28, 2012 at 10:56 am

we are waiting:)


Terri Johnson Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 9:29 am

Can you please put a Sweet Tomatoes in Fayetteville, NC or Hope Mills, NC? I love the restaurant, but Cary is too far away! Pretty please, with tomatoes on top:)


Mike Friday, March 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm

I went to Sweet Tomatoes Express in Clearwater today for the second time, bringing a co worker. I was appalled at the service we received. There were only 2 employees working at the time lunch time about 12:30 with about 12 customers in line. The employees curbside manner was less than I expected from previous experiences at Sweet Tomatoes in North Clearwater. The staff were less than friendly and a bit crass, it was unfortunate as we were glad one had finally opened up closer for us to access. The experience was supposed to be quick, but it ended up taking about a half hour to finally get to the register. I watched as one employee filled a salad dressing spilling part of its contents in the next dressing and just leaving it. The lettuce had no markings as to what they were, romaine, iceberg, arugula etc. The romaine was wilted and looked terrible. I was completely embarrassed as I had talked my co worker into coming with me and the treatment she received was far less than I expected. It is highly doubtful we will be making the trip back to the establishment, disheartening as we were glad there was a healthy alternative to the endless junk food and high calorie restaurants in the area. Management needs to pick up the pace, the service and amount of employees or I don’t see a very bright future for this location.

Sincerely a very frustrated customer


admin Friday, March 15, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Oh no! We don’t ever like to hear negative experiences from our customers. Feel free to give us a call at 888-374-8358 so someone can speak to you directly about your experience and try to rectify it. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.


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