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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  1. cardboardunderwear

    From the link

    >Upon recognizing Seinfeld, Yeganeh did a “triple take” and then went into a profanity-filled rant about how the show had “ruined” his business and demanded an apology. This was ironic, since whenever the show ran, his normally long line would extend around the corner due to increased demand for his soups.

    Could be worse

  2. IsaacTrantor

    Art imitates life imitates art….

  3. torturedmetfan

    I still go to this soup stand often. There are pictures of Seinfeld everywhere in the shop and they seem to embrace it. Best soup in NYC.

  4. captainhoneybear

    I wouldn’t be very happy if someone famous made a TV show episode making fun of me and nicknaming me the “Soup Nazi”, either.

  5. SpaceCowboyChris

    In all fairness to the store owner, a real Nazi would have confiscated Jerry’s wealth and placed in a camp. So he has that going for him.

  6. GenInsurrection

    Every time I hear Seinfeld (I just saw him on an OLD episode of Johnny Carson) all I can ever hear is the comedian who used to parody Seinfeld’s irritating, nasally, affected enunciation…

  7. f12016

    Just started watching Seinfeld, holy cow it’s so good

  8. pomorri

    Good for Al for standing up for himself rather than let himself be exploited as a joke by one of America’s all time favorite jerks.

    BUT, in reality, Al and Jerry are probably on perfectly amicable terms, this was just a publicity piece, an article from a gossip rag, “Oooh, did you hear that Seinfeld and the soup nazi have actual beef irl?!” 9_9

    Idk, I just assume everything is just an ad, now, because…. everything is just an ad now.
    Everything. Even this comment. Buy Pert Plus shampoo. See?

  9. mhmass44

    The guy franchised his soup business complete with strict ordering instructions printed on signs and a loop of Seinfeld running on waiting queue TVs.

  10. ButtBegonia

    Played himself… wait

  11. amolad

    I don’t think any of this is relevant anymore. It’s a very old story.

    Yeganah closed tried to expand and it all failed. He closed that soup stand on 55th Street years ago. He might have one physical location now but people said as soon as he tried to expand, the quality of the soup went down.

    I went there and got some soup, like six quarts, a few months after the episode ran. He could not have been more accommodating to me.

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