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SWEET TOMATOES TO OPEN IN LADY LAKE, FL

by Tracy M. on Monday, March 28, 2011 · 24 comments

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Sweet Tomatoes to open Lady Lake Location in April

Pre-opening “fun-raiser” benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake & Sumter Counties

(LADY LAKE) – The newest Sweet Tomatoes, located at 508 US 27/441 in Lady Lake, is scheduled to open on Monday, April 4. To celebrate the grand opening, Sweet Tomatoes has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties, by hosting a preview fundraiser event on the following dates:

  • Friday, April 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 2 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 Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties, a non-profit that provides significant leadership in the area of community involvement in the education and well-being of our youth, grounded in the principle that quality afterschool programs are key to helping our children become successful adults.

The new Lady Lake 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 Boys & Girls Clubs is excited to partner with Sweet Tomatoes for their grand opening in Lady Lake. With three locations in surrounding areas, our goal is to open a new Boys & Girls Clubs location in Lady Lake for the children in the area.” said Joni Smith, Chief Professional Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties. “There is a need and demand for a program like ours in the area, and we hope to fulfill that in the near future”

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 Lady Lake 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 Boys & Girls Clubs visit www.bgclsc.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 Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties (BGCLSC) is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.  In 2009, over 1,000 local youth benefited from Club programs.  BGCLSC offers programming in five key areas: Character & Leadership Development; The Arts; Sports, Fitness and Recreation; Health & Life Skills; and Education & Career Development through the Teeter Unit in Leesburg and the NE Lake Unit in Eustis.  A third location in Clermont opened for the 2010-11 school year to serve youth in the South Lake County area. A community effort has begun to bring a club to Lady Lake in the near future.  For more information about BGCLSC, please visit our website at www.bgclsc.org.

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Kristen Cobiella Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm

We need a Sweet Tomatoes in the Waterford Lakes area(East Orange County) in Orlando,Fl pronto!

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TTL Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm

My family is sooooooooo excited that there is finally a Sweet Tomato near us!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!

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stevie billingsley Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 9:25 am

Oh I am so happy that you are finally here! Love your restaurant and in the past was only able to enjoy it in Chicago when I visited my daughter. Will be there tomorrow!! Thanks…….

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Tracy M. Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 9:47 am

Great. Tell us what you think! we are so excited to come to Lady Lake! See you tomorrow!

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stevie billingsley Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 7:46 am

The food was great and staff most helpful. Am so happy you are here! Plan to talk it up and go once a week!!! Great restaurant. sb

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Donna Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 10:56 am

Everytime we came home from eating at the Sweet Tomatoes in Altamonte Springs, I would send an email to your headquarters asking you PUH LEEZ to come to the Leesburg-Lady Lake area. We are jumpin’ up and down excited that you will finally be here. I just kin hardly wait!

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Martin Boermeester Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 7:43 am

Thank you for listening to us and opening a Sweet Tomatoes near us. Our grand kids also have made use of the boys and Girls club in Leesburg so thank you for your support

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sUZANNE Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I attended the fund raiser Friday. By the time the door opened, the line was wrapped around the restaurant. The restaurant is too small. It filled up quickly; and an hour later there was still a line because all of the tables were taken and no one else could get in.
There are about 80,000 people in the Villages with another 300,000 people in the surrounding area. The next nearest Sweet Tomatoes is about 90 miles away. The majority of the attendees had been to a Sweet Tomatoes before. I don’t think the Company was committed to the area and this restaurant. In the near future, I am hoping they will expand or move to a bigger facility.
The sidewalk is much too narrow and there is a big drop off to the parking lot. I use a wheelchair and I was afraid of falling off. The transition from sidewalk to parking lot needs to be smooth for most of the front of the building. The parking is way too small; only two deep and narrow for backing up. Maybe they should consider moving the entrance to a side with more parking available.
First day problems. The soup was emptied by the first round. Possibly the containers should have been larger especially for the more popular soups. When more was brought out, it was ice cold. I don’t know if the heating element at the station was not working or what. At any rate, the soup should have been heated before bringing out to the station. The waitress said she would tell them and bring me out some hot soup; which she never did.
The handicap seating was the farthest from the food and the only way to get to the food stations was to try to move down a very narrow aiisle between occupied ltables. Corporate might consider this when designing future restaurants.
The lemon lava cake was a big hit and absolutely delicious. Most of the men ate this dessert; the other desserts were more delicate, exotic and complicated. The restaurant kept running out.
Even with all of the physical location problems, I am so thankful to finally have a Sweet Tomatoes near here. Now I can go there more than once a year or so.
Miss Sue

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TTL Monday, April 4, 2011 at 9:13 am

Our family went Friday night and had a great time. We had about a 30 min wait but it was worth it. Everything we ate was very good and the staff was wonderful. I agree that it is a little small for the area but time will tell. Thank you so much for coming to our area. My daughter turns 16 this summer and her request for her birthday was to go to Sweet Tomatoes and that was before we knew you were coming here. So now we can do that for her. Thanks again!!

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tennie Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I went to Sweet Tomatoes every time we were in the Orlando area. I was so excited when we heard you’d be just a few miles from us. Then disaster—find I’m gluten intolerant. I know the breads, pasta etc are a no-no, but are there any gluten free items in the restaurant?

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Shirley Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Went to the breakfast buffet this morning – what a disappointment. The hot breakfast items were mostly all very overcooked. The gravy for the biscuits (hard and overcooked) was watery and tasteless and I never did figure out what the “mystery meat” was. Will never go the breakfast buffet again. On the plus side, the salad bar and soup were the usual good items that we expect from a Sweet Tomatoes. We will try again for lunch and hope it lives up to what we are used to at other Sweet Tomato locations.. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the place was very clean. If the breakfast hot bar is brought up to par you will have another winner. Welcome to Lady Lake.

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Daniel Krawczyk Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 9:29 pm

We enjoyed the experience of eating at a “Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant” . We are going on a trip to the new Lady Lake “Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant” tomorrow to savor the flavor. It will bring back the memories of our past “Sweet Tomatoes” adventures. What we really need is a “Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant” in Ocala FL. Hwy 200 is booming with all kinds of stores and restaurants opening every day. Hurry! we’re all waiting on you.

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Katie Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 9:36 am

Just moved from San Diego to Panama City Beach, FL and we desperately need a Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes here in Panama City Beach. I think Pier Park would be an excellent place for it. They are building their second phase of Pier Park soon and are advertising real estate for it! Please, Please, Please come to Panama City Beach! We miss the good salad, fresh baked bread and homemade soups!!

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shley Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I totally agree that we need a location in Waterford (32828). Please consider the area….its perfect for a Sweet Tomatoes!!!!!

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Jessie Monday, October 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I am so excited!! Finally a Sweet Tomatoes in the Villages!! Now if only we could get one in Citrus :-) We would LOVE it!!

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joe sherman Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm

any sweet tomatoes planned for south miami?

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Tracy M. Friday, January 13, 2012 at 8:47 am

We are planning to open a location in Kendall, is that close to you in Miami?

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rainie m Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm

We need a Sweet Tomatoes on Federal Highway in Ft Lauderdale desperately!!! Lots of vacant real estate going begging…PERFECT!!!

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Diane Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 7:21 pm

We need a Sweet Tomatoes in Ocala, FL. Prime R. E. and great demand!

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Roger Sunday, April 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm

When is the Kendall location going to open?

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Tracy M. Monday, April 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm

We are planning for the Kendall location to open in mid-July. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Debbie Edwards Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 8:28 am

my husband is a salad nut so we are excited this place is here. he loves it and we try to come once a week

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admin Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 10:51 am

We’re so glad you and your husband enjoy Sweet Tomatoes!

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Margaret Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 4:32 pm

My family and I love Sweet Tomatoes. Please consider opening a location in Ocala, FL or
Gainesville, FL.

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