(Star-Telegram) -- An email sent to members of the Sweet Tomatoes e-club says, “Unfortunately, your local Sweet Tomatoes in Fort Worth has closed.” Since this location of the soup-and-salad-bar chain is in the West 7th development, we chalked it up to the competition and rents that have spelled doom for many restaurants in the area.

But then we got a Twitter message that the Irving location had also closed. A call there went unanswered, as did a call to the location in the Arlington Highlands shopping center.

Turns out that Garden Fresh Restaurant Corp., which owns Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation restaurants, filed for bankruptcy Monday and is closing stores nationwide, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.

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