A look at Souplantation's new Express concept

Buffet chain’s quick-service variant offers à la carte pricing, made-to-order salads

Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp. said customers are reacting favorably to the à la carte pricing at Souplantation Express, a quick-service alternative to the company’s buffet restaurants.

The express restaurant opened Jan. 17 in Carlsbad, Calif., in a 1,500-square-foot space with 40 interior and 30 outdoor seats. That contrasts with the San Diego-based company’s 118 conventional all-you-can-eat restaurants — known as Souplantation in Southern California and Sweet

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