The CEO of the San Diego-based Garden Fresh Restaurants Corp. has confirmed it was permanently closing its Souplantation restaurants. The self-serve buffet chain was founded in San Diego since 1978. Its sister chain Sweet Tomatoes is also shutting down.
“The FDA had previously put out recommendations that included discontinuing self-serve stations, like self-serve beverages in fast food, but they specifically talked about salad bars and buffets,” said John Haywood, CEO of Garden Fresh. “The regulations are understandable, but unfortunately, it makes it very difficult to reopen. And I’m not sure the health departments are ever going to allow it.”
He added, “We could’ve overcome any other obstacle, and we’ve worked for eight weeks to overcome these intermittent financial challenges but it doesn’t work if we are not allowed to continue our model.”
The news has hit social media hard with users tweeting out content such as...
souplantation has officially closed their doors forever, so I’ve made a lil something to pay my respects... pic.twitter.com/x0IAZksNGS— Nichole (@NicNacsTV) May 7, 2020
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