Vendor That Inspired Seinfeld's Soup Nazi Reopens Restaurant in NYC
Just don’t make him angry.
New York restaurateur and soup-slinger Al Yeganeh, best known for inspiring the Soup Nazi character on Seinfeld (“No soup for you!”), reopened his New York location, MSNBC reports.
Yeganeh wasn’t particularly a fan (as one might imagine) of the Soup Nazi portrayal, and as such, Jerry Seinfeld was banned from his restaurant, The Original SoupMan, following the episode in 1995. Yeganeh closed the Manhattan location in 2004 after selling the rights to The Original SoupMan, which currently operates 22 franchise locations in the U.S. and Canada.
According to MSNBC, more than 100 people showed up for the reopening of the original 55th street soup shop yesterday. Quite a few referenced Seinfeld as their motivation for checking out the place.
If you want to take home any of The Original SoupMan’s renowned seafood bisques or spicy chilies, you still must obey Yeganeh’s rules, spelled out clearly on the restaurant’s website: Pick the soup you want! Have your money ready! Move to the extreme left after ordering!
If you fail to comply, well, you can probably guess the result. However, if you need a refresher, there are highlights from the classic episode here.
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