NEW YORK, NY – Everybody’s favorite “Soup Nazi” is back!
Even in the middle of a heat wave, New Yorkers love their soup. The Soupman, who was made famous for his portrayal in “Seinfeld,” has let New Yorkers know that there is “Soup for You!”
Al Yeganeh, the Soupman, reopened his store on Tuesday. According to Reuters, about 100 people lined up in the 90-degree heat – some for as long as an hour – to get a taste of Yeganeh’s famous soup.
For 20 years, starting in 1984, Yeganeh was the owner of Soup Kitchen International on 55th Street near 8th Avenue in Manhattan. Riding the wave of popularity of his “Seinfeld” portrayal, he shut down the popular business in 2004 so he could pursue franchise opportunities. Yeganeh still owns the rights to “The Original SoupMan” brand today.
“He’s still the heart of the company,” Bob Bertrand, “The Original SoupMan” president told Reuters. “We cannot change the recipes, we do not change the recipes, every time we want to have a new soup he develops it for us.”
“The Soup Nazi” episode from “Seinfeld” originally aired on November 2, 1995. In the episode, George Costanza has his soup revoked after asking for free bread. Elaine Banes is banned for two years after comparing the Soup Nazi to Al Pacino; Jerry’s girlfriend Sheila is asked to leave the store for public displays of affection.