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Fresh Choice Closes San Bruno Restaurant

The restaurant suddenly closed this month. Could this be an indication of where the company is going as a whole?

The Fresh Choice restaurant in San Bruno Towne Center has closed, San Bruno Patch has learned.

The signage has been taken down, which is the main indicator that the casual buffet-style eatery has left San Bruno.

The company has provided no other information about the closure. But according to other Patches in the area, Fresh Choice has been closing a number of its restaurants lately.

Several Yelp reviews showed that customers who were used to dining at the San Bruno Fresh Choice were disheartened by the recent closure:

When I got there, the restaurant looked suspiciously dark.  I see a guy on a ladder and asked him what the deal was.  He said they were "closed."  I go "closed for remodel or closed for good?"  He said, "Closed for good."  They shut down this past Wednesday.

Sad so sad. This was the biggest FC in the Bay Area (two sided salad bar!).  So sad but I heard they were in a steady decline for the better part of last year and this. 

RIP SB FC!

Fresh Choice filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2004. But there is no indication whether the restaurant chain is facing a similar situation now.

When I contacted the company at its headquarters, a Fresh Choice human resources employee didn't sound so optimistic about the company's future.

"We're not doing so well," the employee said, when reached by phone. "We may not even be in business."

Martin Ricard (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Just got a response from Fresh Choice about the San Bruno closure. Here's what the response said: "The closure of our San Bruno location was a business decision. The company is currently going through a reorganization and San Bruno was one of the unfortunate casualties of the process."
John Hanson November 01, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Does anyone know what is going in the old Tonys sports store, on El Camino. The for lease sign is down.
John Hanson November 14, 2012 at 07:00 PM
A Used Car Dealer will be moving into the old Sloat Garden on El Camino. In a City Council meeting last month, Ken Ibarra stated the City does not want more Car Dealers on El Camino. He said we are going in another direction.
Martin Ricard (Editor) November 14, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Thanks for bringing that up, John. I'll try to follow up.
John Hanson November 14, 2012 at 07:26 PM
If you disapproved of Used Car Lot call the city at 616-7042.
John Hanson November 14, 2012 at 11:12 PM
The new proposed owners of the used car dealer is Victory Automotive, who happens to be in the process of purchasing Grace Honda in San Bruno.
janelle November 15, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I happened to walk into to Fresh Choice the last day they were open by chance. The employees told us that they were informed 2 days earlier that they were closing this location because "rent was too high". They did not give the employees any indication that they were closing. It sounded really horrible too close near the holidays.
Teri November 28, 2012 at 06:52 AM
My family ate at Fresh Choice at least twice per month. We are sad that both locations closed!! A few months ago, I did notice that the Management changed at the Colma location.

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