New CEO John H. Haywood is seen here at the company’s Souplantation restaurant in Vista. Photo courtesy of Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp.

New CEO John H. Haywood is seen here at the company’s Souplantation restaurant in Vista. Photo courtesy of Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp.

GARDEN FRESH RESTAURANT CORP.

CEO: John W. Haywood

Owners: Perpetual Capital Partners, CR3 Capital

Revenue: Approximately $272 million in 2016

Headquarters: San Diego (Rancho Bernardo)

Founded: 1978

Employees: 4,000 (500 local)

Company description: Operator of 97 buffet-style restaurants in nine states, under the names Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes.

— Announcing the arrival of the company’s newest CEO — the fourth to hold the post since 2011 — the current private-equity owners of Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp...

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