Garden Fresh CEO Michael Mack, shown at a Souplantation restaurant in the Rancho Bernardo area, says diners seem to like the custom-assembly concept. The concept lets customers see their meal being made. Mack’s company opened this type of restaurant last week in Carlsbad.

Garden Fresh CEO Michael Mack, shown at a Souplantation restaurant in the Rancho Bernardo area, says diners seem to like the custom-assembly concept. The concept lets customers see their meal being made. Mack’s company opened this type of restaurant last week in Carlsbad.

GARDEN FRESH RESTAURANT CORP.

CEO: Michael Mack.

Revenue: $293 million in 2010; $297 million in 2009.

No. of local employees: 648.

Investors: Sun Capital Partners Inc.

Headquarters: Rancho Bernardo.

Year founded: 1978.

Company description: Operates 118 restaurants in 15 states, under the names Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes.

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