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By Morgan Rousseau
Published July 14, 2010 Examiner.com (original link)
The New York City soup legend opened for business in 1984, at Soup Kitchen International at 259A West 55th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue). In 2004, after his Seinfeld fame rocketed him as a food-culture icon, Yeganeh closed the storefront in pursuit of a nation-wide franchise.
His Original SoupMan brand and frozen soup production business were successful, but on July 20th, he will open his original location. According to the franchise website, all customers visiting the reopened location that day will receive a free T-shirt.
Representatives say the reopened location will still function under the franchise umbrella, but the soups will still be made from scratch, on the premises.
The original location will feature some new additions to the menu, such as asparagus caviar soup and Mexican tortilla soup.
Yeganeh has told media outlets that he plans to make sporadic appearances at the reopened location.
Become an original SoupFan by signing up on originalsoupman.com to order online and stay up-to-date on the menu choices. The site also includes rules for customers in 11 languages.