Home » Arts & Entertainment » TV & Video » TV Shows & Programs » Jerry Seinfeld is banned from the New York soup stall that he used for the basis of The Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld. Weeks after the episode aired, Seinfeld went in for lunch, and chef Al Yeganeh asked him to leave, unhappy with the moniker the show had given him.

Jerry Seinfeld is banned from the New York soup stall that he used for the basis of The Soup Nazi episode of Seinfeld. Weeks after the episode aired, Seinfeld went in for lunch, and chef Al Yeganeh asked him to leave, unhappy with the moniker the show had given him.

The Original Soupman

The Original Soupman is a chain of soup restaurants originally run by Ali “Al” Yeganeh, modeled after Yeganeh’s original restaurant Soup Kitchen International, which was a well-known soup restaurant at 259-A West 55th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

The 55th Street location, which began operating in 1984, was closed in 2004, with the windows soaped over. Yeganeh, who was born in Iran, kept the lease on the shop while he looked to expand into a broader market. This led to the formation of the Original Soup Man chain and eventually led to the reopening of the Soup Kitchen International location in 2010 under the name “Original Soup Man”, like all of Yeganeh’s other restaurants.

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