Garden Fresh Corporation is branded Souplantation in Southern California and Sweet Tomatoes in Northern California, the Mid-West and East Coast. Sweet Tomatoes specializes in soups and salads. The menu is built around a buffet-style offering that includes produce and salads, soups, pastas, muffins, Focaccia, breads and desserts. Michael Mack founded Garden Fresh Restaurant in 1983 through the acquisition of the first two Souplantation restaurants. In 1995, Garden Fresh operated 33 restaurants under the Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes names in three states. Since 2004, Garden Fresh operates in 97 restaurants in California, Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington. Garden Fresh Restaurant s corporate office is located in San Diego.