Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi Could’ve Been an Actual Nazi
Sehr gut?By Devon Ivie
Sehr gut?By Devon Ivie
How much can Jerry Seinfeld make from a single syndication cycle? $400 million.By Matt Giles
The actor is fighting with a gun manufacturer.By Joe Coscarelli
The actor is a partner in "No Soup For You," which merchandizes the "Soup Nazi's" recipes.By Hadley Tomicki
Just don't lose your Junior Mints in an operating room.By Kara Baskin
Seinfeld's surly Soup Nazi wants to serve you.By Kara Baskin
The Soup Nazi–inspiring chain isn't just bad, it's downright friendly.By Alan Sytsma
Original SoupMan, the chain owned by the man who inspired the Soup Nazi, is set to open in late May.By Jay Barmann
The "Soup Man" will reopen his original location this month.By Daniel Maurer
Al Yeganeh will reopen his midtown soup shop in July.
The inspiration for the 'Seinfeld' character will be cooking in midtown again.By Daniel Maurer
The downstairs at La Esquina is reportedly open. [Down by the Hipster] Little progress seems to have been made at Chumley’s, which was supposed to reopen in two weeks. [Lost City] Shake Shack’s vanilla frozen custard deemed superior in a taste test of national favorites. [Serious Eats]
Kyotofu really is expanding downtown with a second outlet that should be completed by next summer. In the meantime, its delicate Japanese treats will also be available at a new midtown tea shop opening this month. [Mouthing Off/Food & Wine] The Bleecker Street Magnolia Bakery has renewed its lease for another ten years. [Eater] CJ continues to fantasize openly about cooking Padma breakfast. [Eater LA] Related: ‘Top Chef’ Non-Winner CJ on the Broccolini Backstory, and Why Hung's Food Is Soulless
Critics don't concern Danny Meyer much. Or so he claims. [Denver Post] The inspirational tale of an empanada mogul. [NYDN] Will healthier foods lead to a healthier restaurant business? [Axcess News] Labor organization mad as hell over economic inequities. [Brooklyn Rail] The Soup Nazi and David Bouley both come to Miami, but probably not to stay. [Miami Herald] City promises low-key enforcement of trans-fats ban. "This is not going to be, like, a 'gotcha' thing." [IHT]
We were misled by last week's heart-quickening "Meet the Soup Nazi" ad, which led to this post. Al Yeganeh, the man who inspired the Seinfeld character (and who detests the "Soup Nazi" tag, preferring to call himself the "Soup Man"), was not actually present. Actor Larry Thomas, who played the character, was the one promoting the show's new DVD. (Apparently, they didn't want Michael Richards.) Also, contrary to what we wrote, Yeganeh doesn't hate being called "the Soup Nazi" because he's Jewish. He is not a member of the tribe. Evidently, he simply resents his television image. "Al truly feels like Seinfeld ruined his life," his rep tells us. "He was doing very well before the show came along." Earlier: Soup Nazi to Boil Over at Appearance?
• Public hearing reveals support for trans-fat ban and printing of calories on fast-food menus. [NYT] • And KFC makes it official: minimal trans fats by April — coincidence? [NYS] • Soup Nazi ponders a self-glorifying museum at the site of his original store. [NYO] • Alerting us to video restaurant reviews, Andrea Strong somehow fails to nod to America's Amusingest Food Videos. [NYP] • Public opens a wine bar; another izakaya, this one with buttons at the table to summon waiters; gourmet pizza on Bedford Avenue. [Strong Buzz] • Rocco DiSpirito waits tables with Gilbert Gottfried. (A benefit, not our dream reality show.) [NYP] • Batali goes bi-coastal: Pizzeria Mozza finally open. [Chowhound] • Absolut, Bacardi, and other reformed booze bizzies fork over $2.3 mil to end Spitzer probe. [NYS] • "Top Chef" Marisa busts out the bikini. [Chow]
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