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(Times of San Diego)   "San Diego's 'Iconic' Souplantation Buffets Closing Permanently" CEO Says. 'Good riddance', subby says   (timesofsandiego.com) divider line
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2020-05-08 3:07:31 AM  
Soup... plantation? Were "Salad Gulag" and "Breadstick Detention Facility" taken?
 
2020-05-08 6:34:20 AM  
I think it is just the first of many chain restaurants to close. Thinking lots of the Darden restaurants will go too.
 
2020-05-08 7:23:58 AM  

pkjun: Soup... plantation? Were "Salad Gulag" and "Breadstick Detention Facility" taken?


Just wait until they get to the South Asian spin off, "Coconut Curry Camp."

The friendly place in town.  They'll shower you with hospitality.
 
2020-05-08 7:27:45 AM  

AnEasyTarget: I think it is just the first of many chain restaurants to close. Thinking lots of the Darden restaurants will go too.


I think Dardens will cut back or release every brand except OG and Longhorn. Those are really the only two with a national media presence anyway. All those little brands are hardly known outside their home markets. Same with any group that has connected brands like that. I think the faux luxury brands are the ones that are gonna have a hard time getting regular people to splurge on them.

\buffets too, but that goes without saying for completely different reasons
 
2020-05-08 8:06:45 AM  
There's a soup chain in the Midwest called "Zoup".  Fast-casual service, not buffet.  They could convert over to that format pretty easily, you'd think.
 
2020-05-08 8:27:33 AM  

FriarReb98: AnEasyTarget: I think it is just the first of many chain restaurants to close. Thinking lots of the Darden restaurants will go too.

I think Dardens will cut back or release every brand except OG and Longhorn.


expect more sawdust in the breadsticks
 
2020-05-08 9:31:16 AM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: FriarReb98: AnEasyTarget: I think it is just the first of many chain restaurants to close. Thinking lots of the Darden restaurants will go too.

I think Dardens will cut back or release every brand except OG and Longhorn.

expect more sawdust in the breadsticks


More sawdust? Is that actually possible: I mean, it's pretty much already 100% shavings and salt.
 
2020-05-08 10:04:31 AM  
That sucks, I like Souplantation.
 
2020-05-08 10:47:03 AM  
My dad is really bummed, he loved that place. The funniest bit, the worst thing in the place was the soup. Everything else was pretty good, considering, but the soup was terrible.
 
2020-05-08 11:14:30 AM  
I ate at a place called Souper Salad a long time ago. I want to say it was in Phoenix. I'm guessing it's like the restaurant in TFA? It is buffet style, so they'll probably go under too. I thought it wasn't too bad, IMO.
 
2020-05-08 11:20:23 AM  
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only time i ever heard of souplantation was a random mention in a song
 
2020-05-08 11:54:51 AM  
Stop liking food I don't like....

I think they are tied together with Sweet Tomatoes.  They seem a bit pricey for a salad buffet sans protein, but people seem to like it. <shrug>

The 'old' problem with buffets was people sneezing in them or doing disgusting things on purpose.  Now you can't even use the same ladle or spoon.  Not sure how that's gonna work.

We went to Waffle House last weekend.  It's totally bizarre with them having hours.
 
2020-05-08 12:07:40 PM  
CSB: My very first job in HS was washing dishes at the Soup Plantation on Mission Gorge (IIRC the original one). When I worked there  everything was made from scratch and the food was actually quite good.

Fun place to work, tho there was one manager who made it his mission in life to catch the dishdogs smoking weed on our breaks. Never did, but he sure did try...
 
2020-05-08 12:36:41 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: FriarReb98: AnEasyTarget: I think it is just the first of many chain restaurants to close. Thinking lots of the Darden restaurants will go too.

I think Dardens will cut back or release every brand except OG and Longhorn.

expect more sawdust in the breadsticks


They'll start making the alfredo with malk.
 
2020-05-08 12:51:31 PM  
Weird, I was stationed in San Diego for like 6 years back in the 90s but never heard of Souplantation until TFA.

But I'm not really into buffet places in general, so maybe I just ignored it.

Now, OTHO I'd knife a farker for some old school Po Folks....and probably sell my first born for some In and Out. (burgers, you sicko)
 
2020-05-08 1:10:05 PM  

Trocadero: My dad is really bummed, he loved that place. The funniest bit, the worst thing in the place was the soup. Everything else was pretty good, considering, but the soup was terrible.


Sounds like Boston Pizza in Canada (yes yes, it's named after a street in... Calgary I think, not the city). Their pub food is passable pub chain food, their pizza is overpriced and meh.

Also, I've seen several documentaries where the plumber had to give a colonoscopy before or after servicing the house.
 
2020-05-08 6:16:01 PM  
I'm going to miss it.  I love the teeny little blueberry corn muffins.

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2020-05-08 6:31:14 PM  
Rip Buffets
 
2020-05-08 8:38:43 PM  
I could see the All-You-Can-Eat sense of buffets continuing in the form of a cafeteria set up. Go back up for another fill up. Server-based like we did it when I worked for Sonny's Bbq would would work too, but not as cost effective. The whole Serve-yourself-from-a-trough model will be going away. Pack your hotel pans, folks, they're going away.

Automats have a good chance of coming back in this environment, too.
 
2020-05-08 8:51:52 PM  
Where are the senior citizens supposed to have supper at 4:30 now?
 
2020-05-08 9:46:28 PM  

LouisZepher: I could see the All-You-Can-Eat sense of buffets continuing in the form of a cafeteria set up. Go back up for another fill up. Server-based like we did it when I worked for Sonny's Bbq would would work too, but not as cost effective. The whole Serve-yourself-from-a-trough model will be going away. Pack your hotel pans, folks, they're going away.

Automats have a good chance of coming back in this environment, too.


The "vending machine restaurants" that are becoming popular in East Asian countries could work.  They've got hot foods, cold foods, even chef-created specials. It would be pretty easy to convert them from pay by the piece to all-you-can-eat for one price, too.
 
2020-05-08 10:45:28 PM  
I left the restaurant business in November after 32 years.

I cannot be happier to be out if the restaurant business right now. The next 12-18 months are going to be horrendous. The business model when everything is great is about a 10-20% margin at best. So many companies are going to go out of business. They will not be able to be profitable. It will not be beneficial to stay open with a 25-50% occupancy. The costs are too high to sustain their current business models if you can't fill the places on your lunch and dinner rushes.
 
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