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Our NEW website and NEW blog!

by admin on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 · 20 comments

in Company News

A new year, a new you. For Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. (we’ll refer to it as GFR moving forward), the parent company for Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes, the new year means a new website and a new blog!

We refreshed our website, added new content and ways for guests to engage with us and now, we’ve launched this blog so that we can share fun, fresh ideas and news with our favorite people, our guests (that’s you)!

This blog will be filled with all kinds of fun stuff! Look forward to getting a sneak peek at new menu items, some great make-it-at-home recipes, a preview of upcoming events and promotions, special insider looks into the restaurants and our headquarters in San Diego and more.

We’ll also be introducing you to some of the key people who work hard to make sure every guest has a wonderful experience at each Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes restaurant.

There’s so much more to share with you so keep checking back for the latest on what is growing at Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes!

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Cassandra Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm

How exciting for your company. I look forward to future reading of your blog.


Joe Tanalski Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Check their blog occasionally; join Club Veg! Mom


Tery Grey Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 12:55 pm

I like the interaction, may leave menu suggestions from


Julie Marks Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I like the fact that customers can suggest new menu items!


sean Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 9:36 pm

If all locations are the same basic layout, then you should consider moving the Hot Fudge Lava away from the bread, pizza and bread section. There’s only one stack of plates to the right of the Fudge and always a line for the “sweet” item causing a traffic jam or at least blocking access to the plates to just get some bread. Otherwise, my girls and I thoroughly enjoy all the variety and freshness of all the foods.

Oh and some hand sanitizer at the front of the buffet line and at the end since a million people handle those little black tongs all day/week long. :-)


Freda Clark Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 11:20 am

Please consider one of your restaurants in our area soon! Chattanooga, TN Thanks! We really wish we had one here. Just got back from Mesa, AZ and ate such delicious food at Sweet Tomato restaurant. None like it!


Darolene Dedering Monday, January 18, 2010 at 6:26 am

Sweet Tomotoes is my very favorite restaurant. However, I do agree with Sean’s comment, we need HAND SANITIZER by the trays with a large sign stating , ” FOR THE PROTECTION OF ALL OUR CUSTOMERS PLEASE USE OUR HAND SANITIZER BEFORE PICKING UP YOUR TRAY” THANK YOU!


Paul Hickman Monday, January 18, 2010 at 9:57 am

You should look at putting a restaurant at La Costa Ave & Rancho Santa Fe Road, Carlsbad, CA in the new shopping center being build there soon. This would be a very busy restaurant.


Lorri Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Please consider putting a restuarant in Flower Mound, TX -Super Target, Dicks Sporting, Hobby Lobby, JC Penney’s, Belk’s – we get the normal chain – Jason’s Deli, Red Robin, Wings place -this is a community that is VERY health conscience – Lifetime Fitness down the street. WE NEED YOU! I am a Realtor – and I have visted several of your restaurants and have turned so many of my clients onto you guys. But we have to drive about 20 minutes to get there to the closest one – and that’s with NO Traffic. We love you! Eating at your Irving Restaurant tomorrow, Jan. 21 – with 4 of my friends that have never been there.


Sharon Monday, February 1, 2010 at 12:09 pm

please consider a restuarant in El Paso, Tx. We only have one restuarant that is for salad lovers. I have to go to Albuquerque in order to get my Sweet Tomato fix. Aluquerque is the closest to us and that is a five hour drive. The perfect spot would be at loop 375 & Montwood. It is a new shopping mall with several other eating establishments but no salad spots.


John Monday, February 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm

I’m a bit jealous, my son has a Sweet Tomatoes discount keychain fob. I’ve been unable to find the same item. Surely would happily accept and use such tool.

Would also love a restaurant in Taos, NM. Probably a bit smallish for your organization but you would do well there as most current restaurants offer high priced food.. I invite you to use Indian Hills Inn, Taos Plaza while studying the market.


Joyce Ericsson Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm

We absolutely love your Stafford, Texas restaurant. My 4 little grand-boys love to eat there when they are visiting. Their favorite? The tiny ice cream cones … if they eat their lunch or diinner!
Could you try to cut back on the sodium – especially in the soups! A cardiologist would tell us not to eat them! I know salt makes food taste so good but it is so bad for us! You do a really good job with the saturated and trans fats and we do appreciate the nutritional value listings! Thanks!


Tracy M. Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 12:18 pm

We just lowered the sodium (and keept the taste) on 17 of our soups. Look for our signs to tell you which one!!


Gayle Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm

We had the pleasure of eating at one of your Sweet Tomato restaurants while in Disney last month and we just fell in love with the idea. We are in connecticut and have nothing like it here but would love it. It would be a hit and if you are considering it let me know as I would love to be part of getting it off the ground. Looking for something big – and I think this is it.


Pepper Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 4:58 am

Every time I visit my daughter in St. Petersburg, Fl I have to visit Sweet Tomatoes in Largo. We dine there not once but twice in my week’s vacation because I know once I go home to Indianapolis, I will go into withdrawal again. We do not have anything even close to your restaurant anywhere in Indiana.
Please open one on the northside of Indy!! Please, please, please.


Debi Friday, April 16, 2010 at 10:33 am

Congratulations on your continued expansion across America!!! Where are the new stores going to be located?


Pam Mettee Monday, May 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Congratulations on you success, wonderful food (receipes), variety, staff attitude, and more. I drive 150 miles to my nearest Sweet Tomatoes in St.Carles Il. I have taken as many as 6 women on a road -trip there just to eat at S.T.. My friend whose son went to college at Notre Dame drove miles out of her way to eat at S.T.. I have a condo in Ft. Myers Fl where I spend much time @ S.T. When in Orlando it’s S.T.. My daughter and I just last week spent a week at the J.W. Marriott Hotel and Spa and ate at Sweet Tomatoes many times ( she accuses me of planning our trips around S.T. locations. I just returned April 18th from Phoenix– Now Friday night, May 14th, girls night out with daughter, cousins, and my Aunt. We will be at ST. in St. Charles Il. You really need to get me one here!!!! I AM adicted !


Rosie Schooler Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I just had my first meal at your restaurant while in Dallas visiting my kids. It was a great experience and a healthy one. I know from looking at your map the nearest one to me is in Ill. When can we expect this fantastic place to open its doors in Lexington, Kentucky. You know we are host to the World Equestrian games this year as well as huge basketball tournaments, the Spring & Fall racing crowd and the Rolex Event. Plus we have nothing like this in town. Please tell me your on your way!!!!


Denise King Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 10:33 am

We really enjoyed visiting the Sweet Tomatoes in Florida on our trip south recently. Any plans to expand into the Northeast (Boston area)?


Tracy M. Monday, January 24, 2011 at 8:20 am

No plans for Boston yet. We hope to expand in the Northeast in the future but unfortunately not anytime in the immediate future. Hopefully you can get to Souplantation/ Sweet Tomatoes on a work trip or vacation.


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