The famous Seinfeld episode, The Soup Nazi, was modeled after a real chef, Al Yaganeh, who opened his soup store back in 1984. His restaurant, Soup Kitchen International closed in 2004. Rumor had it Yaganeh resented the Seinfeld episode as it deterred business. His restaurant reopened under the name “The Original SoupMan”. And although the Soupman franchise appears to be thriving with multiple locations and online orders, it is filing for bankruptcy protection.
Soupman, Inc. CEO Jamison Karson, stated “the combination of legacy liabilities and recent company developments have made it necessary to seek bankruptcy protection,” and he expected no disruption in service. This comes one month after CFO, Robert Bertrand, was charged with failing to pay federal income tax, Social Security and Medicare taxes for employees.
Favorites such as lobster bisque, chicken gumbo, jambalaya, and mulligatawny will still be available, choices the Seinfeld cast appeared to love.
Mulligatawny, by the way, is a curry soup of Indian origin that may include rice, chicken, vegetables, spices, and sometimes fruit such as lemon or apple.
Larry Thomas (right) played Yev Kassem, the “Soup Nazi”, a role inspired by Al Yaganeh (left), and was ultimately nominated for an Emmy.