Beloved restaurant chain that shut ALL stores four years ago comes back from the dead

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  • Sweet Tomatoes unopen each 97 outlets successful 2020 aft going bankrupt successful nan pandemic
  • Now 1 has reopened successful Arizona prompting bereft diners to queue for hours
  • New COO Mike Malone said nan institution has been taken complete by 'raving fans' 

By Dominic Yeatman For Dailymail.Com

Published: 22:19 EDT, 5 June 2024 | Updated: 22:19 EDT, 5 June 2024

Diners person been lining up astir nan artifact to observe nan unexpected return of a much-loved confederate edifice concatenation that was near for dormant by nan Covid-19 pandemic.

Sweet Tomatoes closed each 97 of its crockery restaurants successful May 2020 arsenic nan pandemic and lockdown rules ripped their measurement done nan industry.

The effect continues to beryllium felt pinch much than a twelve of America's best-known names including Applebees, Red Lobster and Denny's still closing branches successful 2024.

But fans person been driving from crossed nan state aft Sweet Tomatoes reopened an outlet connected its erstwhile tract successful Tucson, Arizona, pinch dozens of diners sharing their excitement pinch millions of viewers connected societal media.

'We're truthful back,' said 1 patron who drove 7 hours from LA. 'They support wanting to show america that we're not nan first ones to do this.'

Food fans queued astir nan artifact arsenic Sweet Tomatoes reopened successful Tucson, Arizona for nan first clip since going bankrupt successful nan pandemic 

The edifice chain, loved by foodies for its all-you-can-eat buffets, operated connected nan tract for 24 years earlier filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

It made its sanction pinch its salads but proved celebrated pinch families because its immense array of buffet nutrient provided thing for moreover nan fussiest child.

The marque was bought by Sahara Capital Partners months later for $775,000 but nan existent COO Mike Malone said it was erstwhile customers who were 'raving fans' who drove its comeback.

'We'll bring each nan favorites back. We want to unfastened pinch what group are utilized to,' he told Restaurant Business Magazine.

'We're thrilled to return,' he added.

He said plans were afoot to grow to different venues on pinch a caller transportation service.

And nan return cannot travel soon capable according to fans suspicious of nan Arizonan diners.

'Omg please travel backmost to South Florida too,' wrote one. 'My fav place!'

'Nobody knows what spot I'm talking astir erstwhile I opportunity this restaurant!' added another. 'One of my eventual favourite ones ever, I'm truthful huffy they closed down my location.'

Fans crossed societal media pleaded for nan concatenation to reopen branches adjacent them

'I could CRY, added a third. 'I dream they unfastened adjacent maine again! It was my grandpa's favorite.'

'Literally contemplating taking a flight.' wrote another.

Red Lobster abruptly closed 93 of its 700-odd restaurants connected May 13, days earlier for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Court documents propose location are different 135 restaurants that bosses opportunity will support losing money if leases enactment arsenic they are.

Rubio's Coastal Grill unopen 48 of its Mexican-style restaurants successful California astatine nan extremity of May blaming 'the rising costs of doing business successful nan state'.

Applebees closed 46 outlets past twelvemonth and has announced plans for astatine slightest 25 much this year.

And Denny's expects to travel up nan closure of 57 restaurants pinch up to 20 much this year.

But Sweet Tomato's announcement of their return connected Instagram sparked different information of excitement among devotees.

'Okay, seriously, what's holding you guys backmost from opening backmost up successful San Diego, California?' demanded Maya Chaoui. 'Is it money? It's money, right? I'll springiness you money lol.'

'I'm not saying you shouldn't unfastened restaurants successful Florida, wherever I lived earlier here, and sojourn a lot,' wrote Edna Reyes from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

'Or successful Georgia, wherever I had nary prime to go. I'm conscionable asking that you besides make 1 here. Thank you.'

'One of my favourite hobbies is reference each nan hopeless comments begging for a location successful their area,' wrote regieredreader.

'My different favourite hobby is being 1 of those comments: Oregon loves and misses you!'

There whitethorn beryllium much bully news for nutrient fans pinch reports that Steak and Ale plans to unfastened a branch successful Minnesota this summertime for nan first clip since nan concatenation went bankrupt successful 2008.

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