The Original SoupMan, a New York icon thanks to a Jerry Seinfeld episode, has re-opened in its original location at 55th Street and 8th Avenue.
The concept was founded by Al Yeganeh in 1984, and the re-opening is tied to the launch of The Original SoupMan restaurants and his new retail line of premium, gourmet, â€˜heat-n-serveâ€™ soups available in select grocery stores.
According to press information, the store will be open from noon to 7 p.m. daily, offering soups—for take out only—in flavors that include Jambalaya, Lobster Bisque, Crab Bisque, Mulligatawny and Chicken Vegetable, plus daily specialties.
And, he promises to continue to enforce his rules: â€˜Pick the soup you want!â€™ â€˜Have your money ready!â€™ and â€˜Move to the extreme left after ordering!â€™
If, however, you aren’t in New York or don’t want to follow the rules, you can now make your own. The heat-n-serve soups are available in the frozen food aisle of local supermarkets and specialty retailers nationwide, as well as online, in varieties including Seafood Bisque, Tomato Basil, Italian Wedding and Broccoli & Cheese.
â€˜The Original SoupMan’s pride and passion are well-known,” says Arnold Casale, CEO of The Original SoupMan, Inc. He adds, â€˜By using our small batch cooking process, sourcing only the best ingredients and spending several years in the kitchen, we are now able to deliver the same quality soups nationwide as the soups found in Al’s legendary original location.â€™
A portion of all sales are donated to Al Yeganeh’s Feed the Hungry Foundation, including sales from the Original SoupMan Online Store.
In addition to the frozen collection, The Original SoupMan continues to expand its restaurant franchise locations throughout the country. So, who knows—you may soon be standing in a soup line of your own.
Just be sure to move to the extreme left after ordering.