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PORT RICHEY SWEET TOMATOES TO OPEN

by admin on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 · 39 comments

in In The Community,Press Releases

Sweet Tomatoes Offers Sweet Deal:  $5 All-You-Care-To-Eat at Port Richey Location in March

Pre-opening “fun-raiser” benefiting American Red Cross

The newest Sweet Tomatoes, located at 10156 US 19 N in Port Richey, is scheduled to open on Monday, March 7. To celebrate the grand opening, Sweet Tomatoes has partnered with the American Red Cross, by hosting a preview fundraiser event on the following dates:

  • Friday, March 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For only five dollars, guests can enjoy Sweet Tomatoes’ 45-foot salad bar full of fresh, seasonal vegetables and tossed salads, made-from-scratch soups and hand-crafted muffins, focaccia, breads and desserts. Sweet Tomatoes will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to American Red Cross, a charitable organization that provides shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

The new Port Richey location will offer a rotating menu of more than 100 original, made fresh daily recipes featuring signature salads, soups, bakery goods and hot pasta sauces, at an all-you-care-to-eat price.  All food is prepared without the use of artificial flavors, colors, additives or artificial trans fats.  A different food theme is featured each month and the most popular menu items are rotated every two weeks.  Items are showcased on a 45-foot salad bar and prepared exhibition style every 20 minutes.

“The American Red Cross empowers ordinary people to perform extraordinary acts in emergency situations. We train. We mobilize. We connect donors and volunteers to those in urgent need of a helping hand,” said Janet McGuire, Regional Communications Officer for the American Red Cross. “Whether it is a hurricane or a heart attack; a call for blood or a call for help, the American Red Cross is there.  But we can’t do it alone.  It takes community partners like Sweet Tomatoes to provide us with the funds necessary to be there when an emergency is at hand.”

Sweet Tomatoes seeks to be a vital and contributing part of each community in which it operates. To reach this goal, restaurants offer a “Fun-Raiser” program through which charities, churches, schools, athletic teams, scout troops and other non-profit organizations may raise funds by hosting in-store events. The restaurants assist in marketing the non-profit’s event by creating master flyers for distribution and promotion.

Sweet Tomatoes in Port Richey will be open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on weekdays, 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Sundays.  For more information visit www.sweetomatoes.com. For more information on the American Red Cross visit www.redcross.org.

About Sweet Tomatoes

Sweet Tomatoes was founded in 1978 in San Diego and currently operates 119 salad buffet-style restaurants across the western, southern and eastern portions of the United States. Sweet Tomatoes cares about what comes out of guests’ wallets and into their bodies by creating an exceptional, all-you-care-to-eat 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, the restaurants provide guests with the freedom to create their own wholesome meals. The restaurant concept is built around fresh prepared, great-tasting recipes with a salad bar full of seasonal vegetables and tossed salads prepared exhibition-style every 20 minutes. Sweet Tomatoes restaurants are open daily for lunch and dinner. For more information, visit www.sweettomatoes.com.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

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Jennifer McManamon Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 8:48 am

I have been waiting for MONTHS for our very own Sweet Tomatoes to open in Port Richey! This town is gonna be a lot healthier (and skinnier) with the healthy choices we now have with your restaurant. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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eric gillette Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm

the port richey sweet tomatoes location. is the sweet deal available the whole month
of march for $5.

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Tracy M. Friday, February 11, 2011 at 7:56 am

No Eric, the $5.00 is a special price for our PRE-OPENING fundraiser and is only on the days mentioned in the press release which are below:

* Friday, March 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
* Saturday, March 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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eric gillette Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 2:45 pm

i’ll be there friday at 11 am.

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On my way Friday, February 11, 2011 at 8:24 am

Been waiting more than twenty years for a local SWEET TOMATOES, glad to have you in the neighborhood! Our family wishes you the best of luck in your new location.

See you soon!

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Debbie Friday, February 11, 2011 at 8:56 am

I’m wondering when you will be opening a location in my state of Ohio. We love your restraunt and would like to see one come closer to home. We have frequented your location in Raleigh NC several times a week when we lived there everthing is so fresh. My husband and I were talking about you guys just the other day and I can’t stop thinking about it. Yum Yum Yum. Nothing compares to you. PLEASE PLEASE bring one closer to us. Thank you and I hope you will consider the great state of Ohio

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cam Friday, February 11, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I just spoke with my boss about this franchise. My husband and I travel for our job, and we love running into a sweet tomatoes for healthy eating while being on the road. It would be a wonderful addition to our tourist town, Sandusky, OH. Please come to OHIO. We have waited for a Chipoltles for several years, now we have that in our town and a Sweet Tomatoes would be a perfect compliment to that area of businesses.

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cindy Monday, February 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm

When will they be hiring for the new Sweet Tomatoes in Port Richey an were do you go to apply? Thankyou

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Melanie Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm

It’s about time we got something good in West Pasco…everything has been closing up. It’s nice to see something opening…especially Sweet Tomatoes!!! love it!

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Tracy M. Friday, February 18, 2011 at 9:20 am

Thanks! We hope to see you very soon, March 7 to be exact. We open at 11 am.

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David Berman Friday, March 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Tracy: Word is circulating in my area that a building on So. Eastern Ave. in Henderson Nevada is being remodeled for a new Sweet Tomatoes location. If so, this will be a huge success because Sweet Tomatoes is hugely popular among residents of the area.

Can you confirm this story, and if so, indicate when that location is targeted for opening?

Thank you.

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Tracy M. Monday, March 14, 2011 at 10:12 am

David,
thank you for your comment. We are opening a new location in Henderson. We are opening a Sweet Tomatoes Express. More info to come in the near future. We are hoping to open in July.

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Harris, M. Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm

My friends and I are so happy you are coming to Port Richey, Fl. It will be great to have one closer to our homes in Trinity. Can’t wait!

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Tracy M. Friday, February 18, 2011 at 9:19 am

Great! We will see you March 7. We open at 11 am!

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Dustin DeFerino Friday, February 18, 2011 at 10:40 am

I wolud like to have a number so that i can call. I want to casll so i can check to see if I got the job position i applied for, thanks.

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Bonnie Monday, February 21, 2011 at 9:48 am

YAY I can’t wait. Maybe this year you will print the recipe for the Lemon Pasta on your website. Hopefully April will be lemon month again this year?

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Tracy M. Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 8:20 am

April is lemon month again!!!! Mark the calendar. We will have all the lemon goodies!

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Bonnie Monday, February 21, 2011 at 9:51 am

Do you have any plans to open in Charlotte, NC?

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maggie Lewerenz Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 3:49 am

I can’t wait wait for this one to open i hate having to drive almost 2 hrs to get to sweet tomatoes so at least now it will only be a half hour. :-)

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Elizabeth Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 8:24 am

LOVE this restaurant… we just moved and found one around the corner from us… the whole family is so excited! :) I think we’ve been there 3 or 4 times in the last 7 days :P

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jon Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 11:52 am

Could you please provide the telephone number at the Port Richey location? I can’t find one on Superpages or Google yet. Thanks

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Tracy M. Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 4:10 pm

The Port Richey Sweet Tomatoes number is 727-863-9506.

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Rachel Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I applied : ) hope i get hired ! i would be great working there!

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eric gillette Friday, March 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm

i went to the fundraiser today it was fantastic food, after i waited in line to get my salad.
eric

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Rhoda Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I’m extremely bummed that I just found out about the pre-opening. I would have loved to be there. Guess I’ll have to settle for going on Monday. Hope the pre-opening was a huge success!

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Susala Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 11:00 pm

I went for the fundraiser on Sat. it was crowed long wait but they gave out water… the food was great and the service too. So happy to have them here…welcome!

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Tracy M. Monday, March 7, 2011 at 8:25 am

Thank you for the kind words and thank you for joining us this weekend. We hope to see you again. We are officially open for business!

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Melissa Monday, March 7, 2011 at 9:19 am

Tallahassee, FL Needs a Sweet Tomatoes!!

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Pat Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at 12:37 am

I enjoy Sweet Tomatoes and was happy to see one open near my work. I have attempted to go to this location 4 times for lunch and 1 time for dinner with wait times being 30 minutes to over an hour. Unlike most places where you get a pager, here you are asked to get a plate and stand in a line for an hour! They have a crazy sign out front about smaller location being a more “intimate” dining experience. I just want to eat. HORRIBLE IDEA

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Kevin Friday, March 18, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Just ate at the new Port Richey location. Very disappointing. Read the sign by the door about new smaller restaurants. I don’t see that working. Customers will go elsewhere. The old Outback was small, but using only part of it doesn’t make sense. The atmosphere is very industrial, cafeteria like. Not an intimate setting at all. Guess I’ll make the trip to Palm Harbor or Tampa, or better yet, dine elsewhere.

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"lucy" Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 9:51 am

I also enjoy Sweet Tomatoes — but not this new “intimate” experience. I was excited that they opened one closer to my home, and yes, I did stand in line on Tuesday March 15 for about a half hour. Loaded up two plates, knowing it would be difficult to go back for more when the line is so crowded. Maybe it would, like everything else in life, take getting used to, but I still like the bigger restaurants — I just want to eat and read my book.

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anthony gallagheer Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 8:35 am

This Restaurant chain is what made me fall in love with food….I helped open the new location in Hollywood,FL and it was a WOW experience. I was a crew member and handled the soup bar,bread bar,and pasta,even at times the salad bar…..Very easy to move up in this company work hard and it will pay off, wish I stayed and finished sometimes!

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RDog Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm

This location is cramped, dirty, and poorly organized. Don’t expect much more from the area. No seating, poor design, and dirty utensils. Whoever thought having the front of the line right next to the door needs a head evaluation. People were bumping into each other due to lack of room, and design issues. Butter was rock hard when I tried to get a scoop out. Workers have to cut into the buffet line to refill foods, DURRR! Not winning.

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Concerned Consumer Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 7:29 am

They keep the front door open allowing bugs to fly in and fly over the food buffett. When I mentioned it to the staff they said they did not care.
I watched as the bugs fly around the light and then fly down and land on the food.
New Restaurant or not, this is NASTY!
I left and did not eat there. Retuned the next night to only see the same thing.

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Tracy M. Monday, March 28, 2011 at 8:27 am

Dear Concerned Customer,
Thank you for your note. Our Port Richey location does not leave the front door open. Since opening in Port Richey, we had an appreciative number of guests that have dined at our restaurant. Because of the great response, the door is constantly opening and closing. We now have a system in place that this shouldn’t be happening as often. Thank you for your comments and concerns and we do hope that you will dine with us again and enjoy our Port Richey location.

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Salad Fan Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I have recently changed my lifestyle when it comes to eating, and a Sweet Tomatoes in my area sounded great! We usually go to the one in Palm Harbor.
I don’t want to give a negative review because everyone is working very hard to make this new location work, but there are some problems:
1. Lots of time waiting in line, and watching idiots eat off of their plates, suck on their fingers, and then handle the utensils. This has happened every single time we have been there. Everyone sees the ‘don’t eat in line’ signs, but someone needs to be getting on these people. We have avoided restaurants before simply because the people that are going there are disgusting. Have the manager ask them to leave – there are plenty of people in line that aren’t being unclean to easily make up the difference.
2. Due to the very small space, it seems like the employees are hovering directly over you, waiting for you to finish so that they can seat people that are waiting. There is an overall anxiety that doesn’t go well with a relaxing meal. Neither does having to dive kamikaze style into the soup line since there is always an aimless crowd milling around in that area.
3. Intimate is good, as long as it’s with whoever you are personally eating with, but every time we don’t get one of the very scarce booths (most of the time), it seems like the people next to you are sitting on your lap. There will be no private conversation from you or them because the are basically at your table with you.
We have no complaints about the food, or even the need for the workers to cut into line to do cleaning and restocking, but the long waits and the overly intimate seating is a big minus. We have been back to the Palm Harbor location several times, and it’s always crowded, but we still give a big ‘ahhhhhhhh’ because even though it’s crowded, you don’t feel crowded.
I understand the smaller idea, but for us, roomier is much better overall.
If you still have the option, knock out the east wall and put an extended dining area in there. I don’t mind walking to get to the food.

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Anita Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 8:41 am

Had to stand in line holding plates, everyone keeps reaching over your plates to get stuff, including the workers, tables jammened together. serving spoons, were all the way in the salads, and no one washes hands as they go in, so germs and bacteria in the salads. I will not be returning, I think when Golden Coral repoens , they will give them a run for the money, as at least you get some maet. Also $2.49 for drink is way too much, after pay $8+ for the meal, I was so disappointed , as I read so much good about this place, but I was not at all impressed

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CHUCK LORENZEN Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 10:06 am

WE ARE PLANNING A FAMILY GET TO GETHER IN THE PORT RICHEY AREA AT THE BEGINNING OF JULY. THERE WILL BE 15-20 PEOPLE. DO YOU MAKE ADVANCE RESERVATIONS AS WE WILL BE RUNNING A TIGHT SCHEDULE AS WE HAVE OTHER CONNECTIONS TO MAKE AT 7:30 THAT EVENING.

IN ADDITIONS TO RESERVATIONS TO KEEP THE FAMILY TOGETHER WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO TO MAKE THE TRIP MORE ENJOYABLE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY. i have written the home office twice but no responce.

CHUCK LORENZEN
863-967-2735

THANK YOU

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Sharon Hubbard Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 10:27 am

Any chance they will be coming to Citrus County?

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